Fitness equipment: the Kettlebell

January 18th, 2013 · by Josh · Blog, Weight training

There are many different pieces of fitness equipment you can buy and use at home as part of your exercise routine. I’m going to cover off a few useful items over the next few weeks, starting with the Kettlebell.

What is a Kettlebell?

A Kettlebell is a cast-iron weight used for exercises that incorporate strength, flexibility and cardio training, which are. They are available in a variety of weights.

Yellow kettlebell
The Kettlebell has been used for centuries and originated in Russia where it was used as an aid to train their Olympic athletes and forces.

It is now used in just about every gym in the country and when used correctly it can become an extremely cost effective and efficient training aid.

How do I use Kettlebells?

There are many different ways you can use them; the list of Kettlebell exercises you can do with them is forever growing.

Most people will incorporate it into a normal fitness workout, adding 10-20 minutes of Kettlebell exercises can give variety and challenge your body in a different way to your normal strength, cardiovascular or flexibility exercises.

Some people will use the Kettlebell as their main workout and most gyms, boot camps and park fitness companies will now have Kettlebell classes as part of their usual timetable with these workouts lasting up to an hour.

The Kettlebell can be used for cardiovascular goals as well as strength, power and flexibility depending the speed and exercise performed. It mainly targets the core muscles (trunk of the body), thighs, buttocks and back but can also be used to target other major muscle groups.

Kettlebell training

The beauty of the Kettlebell is you can use it to workout anywhere! The living room will be just as good as the gym, while the park or back garden would also provide perfect spaces to perform full body workouts.

Kettlebell training does not need to be expensive as the cost can range from £5 for a 2kg Kettlebell up to £90 for a 40kg Kettlebell. I would recommend Fitness Superstore; its range provides a good starting point for beginners.

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