A complete package of gym workouts includes the use of all the equipment that is responsible to shape the body of the person. The famous exercise machines people use and have heard about are treadmills, cross-trainers, dumbbells, barbells, and cycles. One thing you might have used but could be less familiar with is kettlebells. Though kettlebells have ‘bells’ in their name but are much more different than dumbbells and barbells. They come in different weights, colors, and shapes e.g 8 kg kettlebell, 16 kg neoprene kettlebell, and variations of weights of this equipment. Kettlebells help you in different types of exercise and have various uses and benefits. Find from the article below 

What is kettlebell training?  

A kettlebell is a ball-like object with a handle attached above that weighs from 5 lbs to 100 lbs. It is an important piece of equipment for strength training. This tool covers almost every aspect of fitness like endurance, balance, strength, cardio, and agility. With the help of kettlebells, you can perform exercises like squats, lunges, and two-arm swings. You can hold the kettlebell in a single hand or both hands simultaneously. People love it because it is challenging and efficient. The kettlebell strengthens the core completely and it requires power from legs and hips to move weight and integrate the whole-body movements. 

Which areas of your body does it target? 

Core- You can strengthen your core by performing exercises like squats, lunges, crunches, and push-ups which will fuel up your abs and core muscles. 

Back- Using kettlebells for deadlifts will strengthen your back muscles. 

Legs-  Leg muscles benefit through exercises like lunges and squats with kettlebells in both of your hands.  

Arms- The kettlebells add strength to your arms with exercises like single-arm rows and shoulder presses. 

Glutes- Glutes mean butt. Kettlebells tone the shape of your butt by adding weight through lunges and squats. 

Benefits of Kettlebell training 

  • It is very simple to use than any other gym equipment. 
  • It improves coordination and agility 
  • It improves the body posture and the alignment of the muscles. 
  • It single-handedly provides all the benefits like burned calories, toned body, faster fat loss and engaging more muscles. 
  • It trains you in multiple fitness areas like endurance, strength, balance, stability, cardio, and power.
  • Its functionality increases bone density and retains the body’s strength. 
  • It reduces back pain as stated by ‘Strength and conditioning research’. The lower back activates while you swing the kettlebells which improve the functioning of the health.     
  • It improves cardiovascular health and increases strength and muscle mass. 
  • It takes the strength to the maximum and improves jumping power.
  • It is also found from one of the studies that a 20-minute kettlebell workout helps people burn 20 calories a minute which is much more effective than hours of cardio. The more you work out, the more calories you lose. 
  • Kettlebell training contributes to a healthier lower back and also improves the motion of the body. 

There are several other benefits too which you will experience while using the kettlebells, but before you do that you need to take some precautions as well. 

Tough in the beginning

If you are new to kettlebells or unfamiliar with their components then it might be a little tough for you. You need to have a very strong core and heavyweight to balance your workout. 

Risk of injury 

The injury is caused due to doing the exercises the wrong way, that is why it is important to follow instructions for more dynamic exercises.  

Requires training and practicer 

Before starting, seek guidance from an expert trainer and practice with a lighter weight. Heavyweights require the power of hips and legs to push or swing the weight up which comes gradually through practice.  

Types of exercises you can perform using kettlebells  

  • Kettlebell swing 
  • Kettlebell thrusters 
  • Kettlebell clean and press 
  • Kettlebell snatch 
  • Kettlebell pistol squat 
  • Kettlebell Goblet squat 
  • One-arm kettlebell swing 
  • Windmill 
  • Clean 
  • Turkish getup 
  • Double kettlebell push press 
  • Kettlebell toe touch with pick up
  • Kettlebell floor press 
  • Kettlebell farmer’s walk
  • Kettlebell shoulder press 

These are some of the important highlights of kettlebells you need to know. If you are eager to start with a kettlebell workout, then it is advisable to seek training from an experienced professional who will give you detailed knowledge about the exercises and many swinging movements. The weights will be chosen accordingly. 

Author's Bio: 

Daniel Clark is a full-time blogger who is always passionate to explore new areas of writing. He believes that being unique is one of the best mantras of a successful writer. Nothing can stop him from uncovering the eccentric facts about everything!