Looking for a fun, but effective, workout you can do without having to spend hours and fortunes to get to and out of the gym? A kettlebell training session you can do anywhere and anytime, but still break a good sweat and work your entire body.
A kettlebell is a cast-iron ball-shaped weight with a single handle, and workouts that involve them are hard work – in the best way!
Not to be confused with conventional weights, kettlebell training is about combining strength with functional movement. If you’re looking for a lean, muscular physique to complement the rest of your training, then you definitely ought to give kettlebell a try!
Whether your goal is to lose weight, gain more muscle or get an efficient cardio workout, kettlebell training can help you to achieve your goal.
Here are the top three reasons why kettlebell training is worth your while – and money:
1. Get more bang for your buck
Pressed for time? A kettlebell workout can have you out of breath within minutes, meaning you can blast through a short workout and reap the benefits for hours post-workout.
This is because a high-intensity kettlebell training forces your body’s repair cycle to go into overdrive, and means you will continue to burn through calories and fat 24 hours post-training, unlike steady state exercise (activity you perform maintaining approximately the same heart rate/intensity)!
More specifically, tough kettlebell training sessions force your body to use more oxygen. This means you go into an oxygen restoration period post-workout, which requires burning more calories and speeds up your metabolism.
Who doesn’t want to be burning fat while relaxing with their feet up at home hours after the workout is over?
2. It’s full-body
If you are looking for a way to work your entire body in the shortest amount of time, then you’ll hit the jackpot with kettlebell training.
There are tons of multi-joint exercises that can be executed with a kettlebell, not to mention that a simple exercise, like a kettlebell swing, can work your arms, legs, glutes and entire core. Talk about a seriously efficient exercise!
Kettlebell workouts are ballistic*, but generally low-impact, which also means you can strengthen your joints without getting injured.
*A high-velocity type of strength training that involves lifting and accelerating weight into free space. Ballistic training helps recruit fast-twitch muscle fibres which help muscle growth and strength.
3. It’s inexpensive
Let’s face it, modern gym equipment and gym memberships are expensive!
Given a simple treadmill can cost over $1,000 and fancy gym machines can be worth a small fortune, yet be single purpose, purchasing a $30-$80 kettlebell is a no-brainer. One kettlebell can provide you with the basis for an astounding number of exercises that work your entire body.
Convinced that kettlebell training is exactly what you’ve been looking for? Not yet sure if it’s your thing?
Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – this effective full-body kettlebell workout will get you started hassle-free and you’ll be breaking a sweat in no time.
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Please note that the information provided in the Polar Blog articles cannot replace individual advice from health professionals. Please consult your physician before starting a new fitness program.