SPRING IS IN THE air. Hopefully, that also means sunny skies and warmer weather. With the seemingly never-ending winter finally ending, it is time to get outside and enjoy the weather! Not only will the warmer weather bring a smile to your face, but it opens the door to your very own outside fitness studio. The grass turns green and the parks fill with fitness fans. The outdoors is a great place to unwind and break a sweat. In the summertime, I do a great deal of my training outside. When training, I have a bag with a few simple pieces of fitness equipment that I carry with me: my own “gym in a bag.” I will focus on one piece of equipment this month: the kettlebell. Lately, the kettlebell has been gaining popularity. Many of my students enjoy working with it. Let’s look at uses for kettlebells.
Known as a Girya, the kettlebell is a cannonball with a flat bottom and a molded handle. Throughout history, it became synonymous with strength, so much so that the Russian term for strongman is "Girevik" or “Kettlebell Lifter.” First used in military conditioning programs, it is an excellent tool for improving fitness and performance. The kettlebell training is an old-school fitness tool that holds great promise for current fitness seekers. Movements performed with the kettlebell are ground-based and cause stability on your feet, thus teaching you to use your body to produce and control force. The exercises that can be done with this piece of equipment are limited only by your imagination and strength. Movements done with a kettlebell cause more muscles to fire than a simple dumbbell or machine. Therefore, it is a greater functional piece of equipment. It’s great for stabilization and increasing strength. And it also destroys your core (in a good way).
Benefits to Kettlebell Training:
These science-based benefits will help to develop a strong and stable body quicker. Each one of these benefits cannot be found in a dumbbell or fixed machine, which is why kettlebell training is a type of training that stands alone.
Here is a list of favorite kettlebell exercises: