Kettlebell workouts are by no means new to the workout scene. In fact, the kettlebell is one of the oldest exercise forms. Kettlebells have been practiced in the past by strongmen, weightlifters, and even wrestlers to bulk up muscle groups quickly and to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility. Although the kettlebell has been used for many years, it is as of late making some great headway amongst exercisers who are serious about bulking up or slimming down.
For starters, a kettlebell resembles a cannonball with a handle attached. And for good reason. Made of cast iron, the average kettlebell weighs about 35 lbs. It is no balloon. Because of this, in certain circumstances it’s suggested for a person to increase gradually to kettlebell training by first hefting other lighter dumbbells or weights before trying to swing this fishing sinker around. While almost every kettlebells are 35 lbs. heavy, they can go from 5 to 200 pounds in weight, depending on what you want and what you are going for.
Modern kettlebells sometimes have a plastic coating or covering around them to assist with protecting floors against scuff marks and other damage that this big bullet can cause. Although most kettlebells are made of solid cast iron, self-made kettlebells are possible using sand or even steel shot (in fact, a very, very primitive kettlebell can be created by simply mixing cement and pouring it into an empty milk gallon jug).
Although you might have to try first dumbbells in order to build up to kettlebell workouts, kettlebells are far superior than ordinary dumbbells in that you can do swinging movements that include more muscle groups than dumbbells. Core muscles, posterior chain muscles, wrist muscles, shoulder muscles, bicep muscles, back muscles, and arm muscles are each heavily utilized during kettlebell workouts. Depending on what exercises you give yourself to, you can work out almost any group of muscles in the body.
What’s more, kettlebell workouts and exercises end up with better results (and in lesser time) than traditional gym/dumbbell exercises. Kettlebell workouts give a much more intense, complete workout. Besides building muscle, but they increase a person’s balance. As the person learns to use smaller muscles that are not used in the traditional dumbbell workouts, the wonder of the kettlebell becomes known.
A reason kettlebells are becoming popular is because they are so versatile and portable. A kettlebell can be used to exercise almost any muscle set in the body, and you can use them in smaller areas (10 feet x 10 feet). Throw one or two kettlebells in the trunk of your car and you can exercise in any park, field, parking lot, or other open area.
Whether a person is looking to build muscle, lose fat, or just get a great aerobic exercise, kettlebell training and kettlebell workouts are just the ticket.