5 Reasons to begin a Kettlebell Training Routine
I've been training with kettlebells consistently for 7 months. During that time I realized firsthand the benefits of using them versus other more traditional weight training equipment. The list of reasons below reflects that and I hope it helps you decide whether or not to begin a routine using the almighty kettlebell.
1. Convenience: It's impossible to match the results I've gotten with the convenience of never having to go to an actual gym, without having a ton of money invested in equipment. Kettlebells and kettlebell training only take up a little more space than a standard-sized yoga mat.
It's also convenient because it takes little time to get a full-body workout. 10-15 minutes is not that far-fetched for a full-body workout when using kettlebells. This is great because 15 minutes a day is something everyone has time for.
2. Builds Strength and Increases Mobility: Most exercises you perform will activate muscles that aren't activated during typical barbell exercises. This is due to the range of motion that most of these exercises require.
A staple exercise like the kettlebell swing is one that'll activate weaker stabilizer muscles and fast-switch muscle fibers which is crucial to develop later in life because these are the primary muscles that dwindle with age especially if you don't use them.
3. Versatility: Kettlebell routines can be customized to suit different fitness levels and goals, which is an important factor when considering whether or not you should use them. But with just a few different exercises, you can train your back, legs, arms, abs, shoulders, glutes ( a.k.a. butt muscles), chest, and forearms with one weight. This saves you time and money because you won't need all the equipment.
The ways of working out with these are endless. You'll be able to change up your routines while still getting a full-body workout using kettlebells because there are so many different exercises out there that you can incorporate into your routine.
4. Low-impact Cardio: This basically means cardio that has less effect on your joints and ligaments. Traditional cardiovascular exercises like jogging put a terrible strain on your joints. This is primarily due to the bouncing that occurs due to the nature in which we (as a species) jog.
High-rep kettlebell exercises, however, provide excellent cardio due to the explosive nature of the movements and how it affects your breathing. While I can't say they offer the best cardio, they are far better for longevity than other cardio exercises like jogging.
Of course, you can always consider the fact that you don't need a treadmill or have to go jogging down the street to get an excellent cardiovascular workout. Again coming back to that point of convenience, which promotes consistency and that is the most important aspect of all when it comes to any workout.
5. Weight Loss: Kettlebell training is often considered to be an effective form of exercise for fat loss, due to the high-intensity nature of many kettlebell exercises.
For instance, the "thruster" is where you take two kettlebells, and starting from a squatted position with them at the starting position of the shoulder press, you stand up and immediately lift the kettlebells above your head, then you let them come down to your shoulder, and you squat back down to finish the rep. Doing those for 4 sets of 10 reps with 30 seconds of rest in between each set is an intense workout and will lend itself to weight loss.
This type of training has been shown to be highly effective for burning fat and boosting metabolism. And there are many other kettlebell exercises involving full-body movements that engage multiple muscle groups at once, just like the one I mentioned.
To sum it all up, the benefits of kettlebell training are clear. Not only is it a convenient form of exercise that can be done in a small space and in a short amount of time, but it also provides a full-body workout that builds strength, increases mobility, and offers low-impact cardio.
Additionally, kettlebell routines are versatile and customizable to suit different fitness levels and goals, and they are highly effective for burning fat and boosting metabolism.
So, if you're looking for a new way to challenge yourself physically, then look no further than kettlebells. They do take some learn and curve, and for people completely new to exercise I would recommend more of a calisthenic routine. However, if you've trained with free weights or your body weight before then give kettlebells a try. I can guarantee you'll be pleased with the results.