So….lately I have not been making it into CrossFit and Jillian Michael’s workouts just aren’t doing it for me (let’s be honest, watching her hit on her co-stars is just awkward). Since I hate burpees and have no desire to run, this has left me in a bit of rut. Enter….kettlebell.
I have always loved the results I get with a kettlebell…..so why I have forgotten it the last few months is beyond me!! I ordered one on Amazon for $43 shipped. Steal! The mailman was like, “are you sure you can handle this?”. I laughed and told him it was my new exercise toy. He rolled his eyes and drove away. Silly mail man.
I love the kettlebell for sooo many reasons! Here are just a few benefits from using this awesome piece of equipment courtesy of Riverside Kettlebells :
1. Serious cardio without the boredom of the hamster wheel (treadmill and eliptical)
2. Functional strength without the monotony of isolated reps
3. Flexibility without long poses
4. Fun and varied, never boring
5. One compact, portable device
6. It’s safe for any age, shape or size
7. Combines “cardio” and “strength” training
8. The solution for busy people
9. Greater fat loss
10. Very different from dumbbells and barbells
11. Strengthens every muscle from head-to-toe
12. Don’t confuse kettlebells with conventional weight training or bodybuilding. We focus on (a) movements, not muscles, (b) whole-body, functional training, (c) strength as a function of mobility, (d) cardio and strength combined
13. It’s enjoyable
14. Saves Money
15. It’s fun!
16. Build a lean, muscular physique
17. Women won’t bulk up!
18. Easy to learn
19. Extremely versatile
20. Serious Cardio
21. Greater cardio benefits
22. Cardio without killing your joints
23. Simplify your life
24. In the privacy of your home
25. Develop functional strength
26. Builds Mobility
27. Never boring
28. Develop core strength
29. More cost effective than machines
30. Unify your body
31. More coordination
32. Increase mental focus
33. Train anywhere
34. It really works!
35. Simplify your exercise
36. Gentle rehabilitation
37. Cures low back pain
38. Fix up ‘trashed’ shoulders
39. Better posture the real thing
40. Heal aches and pains
41. Strengthens joints
42. Develop dynamic resilience
43. Better bracing for spinal stability
44. Low tech, back-to-basics
Here is the routine that I did for 15 minutes in my bedroom this morning:
It.Was.Awesome!! I sweating like a pig, but still had good form to keep my hips/back safe. I ended my session with five minutes of stretching which included shoulder bridges, hand/leg opposites, pelvic tilts and cats and dogs. It was great!!
So, all in all, I highly recommend this awesome tool and routine. If you are new to exercise or kettlebells, please pretty please find a trainer or at very least watch a you tube video on how to have good form. I will be working on putting some videos together so you don’t have to search the web (and so you can watch me grunt and sweat my way through a workout, lol).
Do you or have you used a kettlebell? Did you like it?