Kettlebells are nothing new to the world, but they have only recently come into focus in America. In fact, the first kettlebell competition was held all the way back in 1948. Kettlebells have been around much longer than that! So why do we want to exercise with those things? Actually quite simple: RESULTS! The results delivered from kettlebell training includes muscular strength, endurance, core strength, and strengthening of the supporting muscles of the body…and did I mention injury prevention and recovery? Yes, especially for those with some nagging shoulder problems or bad back:
Kettlebells can often help!
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Kettlebells are for everybody
Men and women, regardless of age or physical fitness level, who want to improve overall health and appearance.
Special forces, fire fighters, police officers and etc. whose life depends on their physical and mental integrity.
Anyone who wants to build mental and physical strength and resilience.
Kettlebells will lead to greater fat loss
Kettlebells increase your metabolism by creating dense muscle mass. The fat loss power of kettlebells is explained by the extremely high metabolic cost
Kettlebells deliver unparalleled cardio benefits.
With kettlebell workout, two different actions must work together: resistance and overall body movement. The ballistic nature of kettlebell lifting creates a challenge for the muscles that cardio workout alone does not do.
Kettlebells are different from dumbbells and barbells
Kettlebells don't require a special facility. They are nearly indestructible and relatively inexpensive. Furthermore they deliver faster results than any other type of workout.
The center of gravity is distally placed thereby creating greater forces of inertia. In order to control the weight you must employ the use of the stabilizing muscles. Isolation exercises such as those done with dumbbells and barbells do not hit those stabilizing muscles to the same degree. Isolation exercises train only the major muscle groups.
Kettlebells rehabilitate and prevent future injury
Russian research shows that the intense grip required to swing (and hold) the Kettlebell along with the dynamic movement helps to prevent and/or reduce all types of arthritis. The acceleration/deceleration of moving the kettlebell strengthens the connective tissues (tendons, ligaments, cartilage) and increases shoulder mobility, strength and flexibility reducing the possibility of injury.
Kettlebells will make your back strong and resilient by conditioning your back statically and dynamically. Many Russians have successfully rehabilitated hopeless back injuries with kettlebells.
Kettlebells and general conditioning
Kettlebell training mimics natural human movement thereby making everyday activities easier and injury less likely.
Kettlebells offer the most functional training because the body must work as a unit. Every lift with the kettlebell engages the entire body. The kettlebell movement is never a single joint movement. Every swing, lift, press engages each joint and muscle group forcing the body to always work as a unified whole.
Flipping the kettlebell provides a unique challenge to the nervous system. And physical challenge stresses the body. Since the human body does not naturally like to be stressed it attempts to adapt. Via this adaptation muscularity and flexibility develop.
Kettlebells increase mental focus
The task associated with kettlebells is a complex requiring precise body movements which must be performed sequentially. At each moment the lifter must be focused on the movement. The result is improved coordination and mental focus.
Kettlebells for the athlete
The KB training is the best training for any swing related sport (e.g., golf, baseball, football, volleyball, tennis, etc.) because the movement in kettlebell training mimics the swing in these sports by forcing explosive hip movement. Most kettlebell movement is explosive and fluid requiring one to move through different planes of motion creating strength in each plane. The kinematic sequence of your body during a swing requires a series of joints to open and close passing explosive force to the next joint in the sequence. Isolation exercises improve only appearance but not functional abilities.
Additionally, kettlebells will build overall muscle endurance and fitness leading to a stronger game of any kind. Kettlebells were the conditioning tool of choice for all athletes in the Soviet Union.
Kettlebells develop unprecedented stamina
Kettlebell workout demands constant exertion of energy. It forces extreme concentration of muscle and mind and in this way pushes your physical body and mind to the absolute edge of existence.