As you all know, I keep my finger firmly on the pulse of what's new, hot, and most importantly, effective in fitness. There's just about no workout I haven't done!
However, I've yet to experience the fitness craze surrounding "kettle bell" workouts. Heck, I have to admit, my gym doesn't even have them. So, what exactly ARE kettlebells, and what do you do with them? This fitness diva decided to find out.
First off, the kettle bell, which was invented in Russia, is a cast iron weight that is basically a ball with a handle. They have been around since the 1700's, and their reputation for creating strong, all around fit specimens of athlete is growing tremendously outside of the country in which they were born. They've been used in Russia and Europe for ages, and can help you become stronger and fitter than most traditional dumbbell and barbell workouts are able to.
They come in different sizes, ranging from 9, 18, 26, 35, 53, 70 to 88 pounds.
The average man should start with the 35 lb weight, and the average woman should begin with the 18. If you're a not so conditioned female, I think the 9 would work better for you to start with, and for guys, the 26. Just starting out, that's already a challenge!
Who uses them? Olympic level weight lifters, Russian Special Forces, US Military soldiers, the FBI Hostage Rescue team, competetive athletes, and anyone wanting a hard, strenuous, heart rate raising, fat burning workout without having to do aerobics or long weight training sessions. Kettlebells are becoming a new fitness craze around the world, and for good reason. They work!
Check out the video to get an idea of what kettlebells are, and how you might be able to incorporate them into your workouts. I am going to get myself one just to try it!
Anybody out there already using these? Let us know what you think about them, and what they've done for your workout. All experts welcome! ;)