Including Kettlebell training into your schedule has a number of benefits. Kettlebells are an excellent piece of portable, inexpensive and compact kit that works the whole body.
The main exercises for Kettlebells are squats, the kettlebell swings, and clean and press. Training correctly with them builds strength and mobility which helps guard against the risk of sporting injury.
1. Improves muscular strength and endurance
Kettlebell swings are a whole-body compound movement. As a result they use multiple muscle groups rather than isolating specific muscles. Whole-body movements often relate more closely to spefic sports techniques.
Furthermore, the weight of the kettlebell recruits the stabiliser muscles and engages core muscles to support the movement. They are excellent for building and improving strength in the arms, shoulders, core, upper and lower back, and thighs.
2. Provides an efficient workout
Perfect for busy people, just 5 minutes of a kettlebell workout provides a comprehensive cardio and full body workout. It gets the blood pumping and provides full body conditioning.
A Kettlebell is a compact piece of kit, easily stored at home. This makes it a highly convenient way to fit in resistance and cardio training regardless of your schedule.
3. Excellent for strengthening the back
The main advantage of kettlebell exercises is that a dynamic movement is performed without overloading the back. It is of particular benefit for improving strength and mobility in the lower back.
Providing you perform a kettlebell swing correctly, it is a ballistic movement powered by the hips. This enables comprehensive lower back strength training without the risk of overloading your lower back.
4. Core strength
A kettlebell swing develops core strength. The abdominal muscles are relied upon to contract and support the ballistic nature of the movement. Core strength is of fundamental importance to athletes and particularly important for avoiding back pain and injury.
5. Promotes fat loss
The combined dynamic and weight-bearing nature of kettlebells have a powerful effect on the metabolism and burn calories efficiently over a short period of time. Furthermore, increasing lean muscle-mass promotes on-going fat loss and an increase in metabolic rate and efficacy. Due to the duality of a kettlebell workout – dynamic cardio and weight training – these benefits are particularly powerful.