What is the advantage of using the kettlebell over other free weights? The kettlebell resembles a canon ball with a handle. Due to this unusual shape, it isn’t as balanced as a dumbbell or barbell. To keep the kettlebell stable and under control whilst it is being swung, it requires the use of you core and stabilizing muscles. With a traditional weights machine, you will find yourself isolating muscle groups and the machine can be used to help stabilize the weight. The kettlebell works differently. The technique of moving it requires the use of your whole body, which gives the user a total body workout. Free weights are great for body building, where you may want to isolate muscle groups to work on them specifically. However, for functional strength, the strength required to carry out daily tasks or sports. The kettlebell is second to none.
How does this provide greater benefits over traditional weights? Let’s say you were to take an individual who is used to lift weights, for say an hour in the gym. If you were to then give them a workout using a kettlebell for 10 minutes. There is no doubt that they will be surprised as to how different the intensity of the workout would be, when compared to the use of free weights or a weights machine. The cardiovascular workout that you get is greater with the kettlebell. This is great news for individuals who do not have the time to travel to a gym, spend an hour there and then travel back again. This is particularly beneficial to stay at home mothers or fathers who will need to find someone to babysit for them. A 10-15 minute workout with a kettlebell will definitely help you to improve your fitness levels. In addition, to some people the thought of going to a gym is unappealing and working out at in the privacy of their own home is a far more attractive proposition.
A further benefit to the kettlebell is how compact in size they are. When you have finished your workout they are easily stored away in a cupboard, ready for the next time you want to use them. Furthermore, the one-off the cost of a kettlebell which will last a lifetime is very reasonable when compared to a month after month gym membership. You also have to know that there are several types – traditional, competition and adjustable kettlebells with locking mechanism.
The physical benefits to using a kettlebell, as with any form of exercise include; reduced risk of getting depression, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and osteoporosis. In addition, you will feel better about yourself physically and mentally, you will be able to lose weight when combined with a sensible diet, improve you muscle tone, strength, posture and endurance levels.