They may be compact in size, but are big on benefits.
Kettlebells are cast iron weights that are shaped like cannon balls and come in different weights. If you’ve seen them around the gym but never really got to using them, here’s why you should pick them up the next time you workout.
- You’ll get a full body workout
Kettlebell exercises work not only your arms, but also your core, thighs and back. So you basically can cut down on the number of exercises you do and still get a full workout that leaves your muscles burning.
- You’ll shorten your workout time
By adding kettlebells, you’ll be doing both a cardio and strength workout at the same time. And because it’s a full body workout, you won’t have to do as many variations of exercises to work the different muscles.
- You won’t get bored
Get a kettlebell and you can work out alongside your friends. You can even do it in a group setting, so working out never gets boring. Plus, there are tons of exercise variations you can do with the kettlebell, so you won’t have to repeat the same move over and over again.
- You’ll improve your posture and balance
The most important part of a kettlebell workout is your form. In order to keep yourself stable and prevent any injuries, you’ll have to engage your core and maintain a good posture, which includes keeping your back straight. With constant training, your posture and balance will improve.
- You’ll get leaner more quickly
Kettlebell training is a great way to burn calories and tone your body effectively at the same time. If you’re not a fan of running, working out with kettlebells can burn an average of 400 calories during a 20-minute workout, according to a study done by the American Council on Exercise.
(Also read: 8 Crossfit Moves You Should Learn)