• Gretchen

Why kettlebells? Glad you asked...

I can admit to being intimidated by kettlbells when I first came across one in a gym many years ago. It took me a while to actually pick one up and try something with it, but when I did, it was a game changer for me. Here's why.

First of all, it's fun! Swinging a KB is unlike all other exercises- it brings up your heart rate in a non-impact way, it builds strength, stamina, and creates a strong mind-body connection. Crossing off all the boxes and enjoying it while your doing it is a win-win.

Kettlebell training is efficient. So very efficient. Working with KB's combines aerobic training with muscle conditioning. You'll gain an increase in muscle mass, strength, power, and mobility- all while decreasing body fat. You'll recruit muscle fibers you didn't even know you had. And because you're getting it in all at once, you'll reduce the need to spend all that time breaking up your strength/cardio/flexibility workouts separately.

Working with kettlebells prevents injury. Swinging a KB does amazing things for your posterior chain (glutes, hamstrings, and back). So many of us experience pain on a daily basis- knees, hips, back. The musculature strengthening in your back that occurs with KB training-especially the often neglected gluteus muscles- can often alleviate these pains.

KB's are just plain practical. Whether you are at a crowded gym where all the machines are being used, or you are stuck in your house because of a snow storm, one kettlebell will give you a great workout. As far as fitness equipment goes, KB's are a fairly inexpensive investment that will last a lifetime. Having access to more than one kettlebell is fantastic, but definitely not a requirement to get sweaty quickly- and with limited space.

Last, but most definitely not least, kettlebell training is just good for your soul. It has the ability to be both meditative and stress reducing. Focusing on your form as you move from one move into the next- via a kettlebell flow- is my favorite way to calm my mind. And learning to master some of the more complex movements- or just swinging a heavier bell- feels so powerful and is a major confidence booster.

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