THE BENEFITS OF KETTLEBELL TRAINING

It's crazy to think that this simple piece of kit has so many advantages, but as you are about to find out, there are tons of benefits that come with training with kettlebells. It is truly an all in one solution for those who want to get fit and healthy.

This type of training is perfect for both men and women, any fitness level, and it is even recommended for rehabilitation.

The development of kettlebells can be traced back to Russian farmers in the 1700s, as an implement originally used to weigh crops. The farmers noticed that they became stronger through the use of these implements, and used them to show off their strength at festivals. Later, the kettlebell was used as a training tool for the Soviet army.

Here are a few benefits of why you should include kettlebell exercises into your fitness routine:

  • Increased endurance

  • Power

  • Grip strength

  • Rapid fat loss

  • Muscular strength without the added bulk

  • Increased core stability

  • Full-body workout

  • Stronger back

  • Rehabilitated shoulders

  • Flexibility

  • Mental toughness

  • Decreased musculoskeletal pain

  • Twice the results in half the time you would spend at the gym

A study done by the American Council on Exercise showed the effectiveness of kettlebell training for burning calories. According to the study, doing kettlebell snatches for intervals of 15 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest was equivalent to the calorie burn of running at a six-minute-mile pace. 

 

Since most people are unable to run that fast, this is extraordinary.

 

The actual study had the subjects perform about 6 snatches every 15 seconds of work for 20 minutes the calorie burn averaged out to 20.2 calories per minute!

 

This didn’t even calculate the after-burn effect on the metabolism that the body experiences after intense interval training such as this one. 

This quick, full-body movement proves to give the body one of the most efficient calorie-burning workouts found other than cross-country skiing.

A recent study performed in Scandinavia investigated the effects of using kettlebells to improve musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health. 

 

The study found that kettlebell training reduces pain in the neck, shoulders, and lower back. The study also showed that kettlebell training improves strength of the lower back among adults with a high prevalence of reported musculoskeletal pain.

Some of the reasons why I personally like using kettlebells:

 

  • The main reason I use it is that it combines strength and cardio training. That leads better endurance and in less amount of time I can get better results. That is why athletes use in various sports for conditioning.

  • It decreases workout time by half.

  • It saves money. No gym membership is required and you can get your entire workout done with just one bell.

  • It’s a full-body and very balanced workout.

  • It’s never boring and super fun.

  • It makes your body strong and lean.

  • It’s easily transportable and can be used almost everywhere.

  • It can be shared in a group setting, making it a social activity.

  • It can target every single muscle group in your entire body.

  • Did I say it’s quick and gets to the point?

  • The benefits of using them are quite remarkable it’d be silly not to implement this tool in a balanced training programme.