The BEST 8 reasons on why you should use Kettlebells to improve your Health
Quote: "Everything in your body is interrelated and isolation is a myth." - Pavel Tsatsouline
So you have heard that kettlebells are that round object thingy with handles? Well click here to learn what a kettlebell is and how they came about. Kettlebells have been around for a long time and have been used to improve health and physical performance average everyday people, soldiers and athletes. So get on board and learn 8 of the BEST REASONS why you should use kettlebells.
1. Combines Cardiovascular Training with Strength Training
Kettlebell training contains ballistic movements that places a high demand on your cardiovascular system and grind movements that require strength. By combining both movements in a kettlebell training program, you kill two birds with one stone. This means you will improve muscular strength, muscle mass and cardiovascular fitness at the same time.
2. Builds more Muscle and Burns more Fat
By gaining more muscle mass, people with that do kettlebell training also burn off excess calories faster and for a longer period of time. A study carried out by the American Council on Exercise concluded that kettlebells provided a higher level of intensity than standard training routines led to better results in a shorter period of time.
3. Trains the Posterior Chain
The posterior chain is the group of muscles located at the rear of the body made up of the glutes, hamstrings, lower back and core. Often when people train at the gym they train the mirror muscles, the ones they can see such as the arms, shoulders, chest and thighs, they neglect the posterior chain. This leads to an imbalance in muscle development and can lead to poor posture and injuries.
You don’t need a lot of equipment nor do you need to go to the gym. All you need is a bunch of kettlebells and the privacy of your own home to train. Training for a short period of time at a high level of intensity gets you in better shape in a shorter period of time allowing you time to do other things in your life like spending time with family.
Unlike a gym membership and other types of training equipment, kettlebells are an inexpensive way to train and get yourself into shape. Gyms try to get you to sign a contract for 12 months. For a couple of hundred dollars, you can get yourself a set of good quality cast iron kettlebells that will last you a life time.
6. Improve your Movement Patterns and Posture
Lifting weights generally has you moving in two dimensions with a small range of motion. Kettlebell training has your body moving in three dimensions that encompasses a wide range of motion. This form of training also mimics a lot of movements that we carry out in everyday life. This improves your movement patterns and your posterior chain leading to an improvement in posture.
7. Contains Endless Variations and Combinations
Although we emphasise the use of basic exercises, once you get competent at these there are many variations of the basics that you can use to add variety to your training sessions. You can also add this training to other forms of training such as strength training with free weights and body weight training.
8. Improves Performance in other Sports
If you are a swimmer, track and field athlete, martial artist, power lifter, football player, kettlebell training can add another dimension to your training and lead to physical improvements.