If you haven't see a kettlebell, it is a cast iron cannonball with a handle. You use it to perform dynamic movements like swings, cleans and presses that tax a major portion of your body's musculature.
Unlike traditional methods of weightlifting, kettlebell exercises work all the major muscle groups simultaneously, so you get a full-body workout with almost every exercise. In addition, kettlebell exercises don't isolate muscle groups like traditional weightlifting, so your heart rate goes up -- and stays up -- throughout the workout, which translates to a major fat-burning workout routine.
Kettlebell training has become wildly popular among Hollywood stars, professional athletes and regular folks. So what exactly is the allure of kettlebells?
With traditional methods of exercise, you usually need to get on the treadmill for 45 minutes, then go into the weight room for 45 minutes. Kettlebell workouts are a combination of strength and cardio, so you get better results in half the time of a traditional free-weight or machine workout -- you really sweat during a kettlebell workout. The heavier the weight, the higher your heart rate will be, so you burn more fat.
You may also be wondering why you can't just swing around a dumbbell as you would a kettlebell and get the same fitness gains. Here are a just a few reasons:
I understand if you're skeptical, but trust me: You could run on the treadmill for an hour, then lift weights for an hour and still not get the same benefits of a half-hour kettlebell workout.
Buy an authentic cast iron RKC (Russian Kettlebell Certified) kettlebell for the best performance and search for kettlebell classes and instruction in your area by searching for kettlebell gyms that offer instruction from RKC instructors.