Kettlebell FAQ's

 

 

 

What is a Kettlebell?

A Kettlebell is a cast iron weight that is shaped like a bowling ball with a thick handle attached to the top of it. Kettlebells range in weight from 5 lbs. to 106 lbs.


Who uses Kettlebells?

Kettlebells are used by a variety of people including stay-at-home moms, business professionals, athletes, martial artists, law enforcement, firemen, military, and other people who are looking for a more efficient and functional workout. Kettlebells are also for people of all ages, weights and body types. If you are overweight you will melt fat by burning hundreds of calories. If you are thin you will develop lean muscle mass.

 

Why train with Kettlebells?

Quick Results! Kettlebells is a full body workout that allows anyone to tone up and lose weight quick. A Kettlebell workout can burn up to 1200 calories in an hour (WebMD, 2010) Kettlebells promote strength, cardio, flexibility, and mobility all at the same time with a special emphasis on CORE STRENGTH. This type of training is perfect for anyone looking to MAXIMIZE their workout in the least amount of time. Kettlebells are used to obtain MAXIMUM fat burning and muscular endurance all while pushing your cardio capacity to the limit. A Kettlebell workout eliminates the need to do a treadmill workout for cardio and weight training for muscle tone.

 

Am I cut out to work with Kettlebells?

Most people regardless of current or previous injuries, training background, age or physical condition will find kettlebells are a refreshing break from the normal workout routine. Kettlebells are definitely more challenging but also extremely fun at the same time. Kettlebells range in weight from 5lbs up to 106 lbs. so you can make it as easy or as difficult as you choose.

 

What if I have never trained with weights?

Kettlebells work great for beginners so it does not matter if you do not have any previous weight training experience. With our Kettlebell Introductory class and a few additional group classes, anyone can effectively use Kettlebells to burn fat and tone muscles.

 

What kind of footwear is worn during a Kettlebell workout?

Bare foot is ideal so you can have a better “connection” with the ground. Flat soled shoes are another option. Avoid wearing “running” shoes because the extra cushioning.

 

What makes a Kettlebell Workout different from other weight workouts?

The reason the kettlebell is so great is due to the fact that it creates an offset of gravity which means your body has to work harder to maintain balance. In doing this, you work many different muscle groups and get your heart rate up at the same time. The kettlebells provide a more intense workout than standard weight lifting.

 

How much of an aerobic workout do you get with Kettlebells?

The first modern study to examine the fitness benefits of kettlebells showed that the average participant burned about 20 calories per minute during the kettlebell workout (20 minute workout) which equates to 400 calories during a typical 20-minute kettlebell workout. That is the equivalent to running a six-minute mile!

 

Benefits of a Kettlebell Workout

  • • Provides a quick workout

  • • Targets all major muscle groups

  • • Increases core stability

  • • Combines cardio & strength training

  • • Simplifies your workout