Kettlebells, The Unique Fitness Tool Are All The Rage – And For Good Reason

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I285x285_Kettlebell_1af barbells and dumbbells are doing their job and getting you stronger but you are struggling a bit with motivation, it may be time to add a new player to your strength training routine, something you’ve most likely not tried but has proven to offer the same benefits. This unique set of strength training tools is called Kettlebells.

The use of Kettlebell’s can be traced all the way back to Ancient Greece where they were used by athletes for strength training and performance. Eventually they made their way into the Russian culture where they were used in contests by workers to see who was stronger. This game slowly progressed into informal systems of strength training developed by Russian strongmen.

These unique training tools eventually found their way to America after the breakup of the Soviet Union when many athletes and strength training coaches migrated across the seas with their talents. Among them was Pavel Tsatouline, an ex-Russian Spetznaz trainer who became an American fitness author.

After inspiring the company Dragon Door, the first line of Kettlebells were manufactured to strict Russian standards and made their way to American shelves in 2001.

The age of the American Kettlebell athlete had begun.
Kettlebells are cast iron weights ranging from 5 lbs to over 100 lbs. They are shaped like a ball with a handle for easy gripping.

Kettlebells use dynamic moves and offer a different kind of training targeting nearly every aspect of fitness: endurance, strength, balance, agility, and cardio endurance. This is one piece of exercise equipment you can take with you when you travel and is a great option for getting a whole body workout in a short time. It is convenient, challenging and efficient.

Lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body muscles (and specifically the core) to work as a group. This builds both strength and stability at the same time.

These cast iron weights may look ordinary but the u-shaped handle actually changes how the weight effects and works with your muscles. Although similar results can be attained there is a difference between a dumbbell and a Kettlebell. The center of gravity actually lies outside of your hand with the Kettlebell allowing it to change depending on how you are holding and moving it whereas the center of gravity when you use dumbbells lies in your hand.

The biggest mistake most beginners make with Kettlebells is choosing and lifting a Kettlebell that is too heavy before they are able to control it properly. All this does is lead to injury. Proper use of this weight requires strength and coordination with lots of practice using a light weight before moving onto the heavier weights.

Rather than give up your present strength training routine and tools it’s best to incorporate your new Kettlebell exercises into your normal routine mixing it up a bit. Your dumbbells for example are great for building muscle and strength with slow, controlled movements while your new Kettlebell training involves the entire body and focuses on endurance, power and dynamic movements.

Whatever their history Kettlebells are no unproven fitness fad. There are many companies that now make high quality Kettlebells and finding a great deal on one is not that difficult, however like any other fitness tool, you must take the time to develop mastery of this new skill.

I have devoted one of the ten components of the Strong Men Stay Young program to Kettlebell training with complete exercise programs that you can do at home or in the gym. Just go back to the home page to see the Kettlebell book that explains everything from what Kettlebell to purchase and how to do the actual exercises.

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