What is a Kettlebell?
A kettlebell (KB) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. The kettlebell goes waayyyy back to the early 1700s. They were so popular in Russia that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a kettlebell man.
Who uses it?: Many athletes from a variety of sports now use kettlebells in their program. Running, cycling, martial arts, fencing, snowboarding…you name it!
Kettlebell training, when performed properly, has many benefits for your athletic routine and health:
Due to the shape of the bell, you have the ability to perform ballistic and strict lifts all in one. For instance, one can perform swings and military presses. Versatility at its best!
You can experience these exercises with minimal equipment. With one KB, one can accomplish a full workout. Talk about efficiency!
You are able to stress the most important part of movement in exercise; the eccentric part. Each ballistic exercise using a KB, requires control of the moving kettlebell, stressing the lowering of the bell. It brings even more focus to the moment.
Proficiency in KB exercises carry-over to Barbell and body weight movements. A KB swing replicates the stress and movement patterns for a barbell deadlift.
The KB provides sufficient neuromuscular stimulation for altering muscle tissue. For example, after performing a KB swing workout, our bodies will change to adapt to the stress, therefore increasing strength and work capacity.
Most noteworthy, KB exercises replicate real-word movement for function. KB exercises stimulate squatting and hinging patterns, stressing everyday movement. Moving anytime soon? Have to pick up your kids and put them down? Kettlebells!