Training tools are training tools, right? Wrong! Each has its own function, purpose, and benefit of use, and there are few better at providing an intense workout than kettlebells. Unlike dumbbells where the weight is balanced, kettlebells have an off-centered weight and curved handlebar for usability.
The initial use of kettlebells was as a mean of measuring grains and various farm goods at the start of the 18th century. When carnivals would come to town, the vendors would swing and lift the kettlebells to display their impressive strength. A few hundred years later and here we are, celebrating this unlikely strength training tool’s ability to provide an unmatchable workout for fitness seekers around the world. Join as we explore the top three reasons to love kettlebells.
An issue that many people fail to realize until they start working out is that they are asymmetrical, simply meaning that one side of the body is stronger than the other. This is a common issue as it is natural to subconsciously favor, for example, using your right arm or leg to perform a movement than your left.
Kettlebells promote symmetry as you must perform every exercise with both your left and right side of your body (one-arm overhead lifts), while many others require you to use your entire body (kettlebell swings). By strengthening both sides of your body equally, you can perform other movements more efficiently and with greater confidence.
One of the toughest things to find is a useful exercise tool that you can take with you virtually anywhere. Kettlebells are that tool. With the ideal weight of a kettlebell ranging from 15 to 35 lbs, storing and commuting with this piece of equipment is hassle-free. While dumbbells may be relative in size, they are nowhere near as versatile as kettlebells. You can go from training your shoulders to your back to your triceps all with one tool.
Many people are under the false impression that they can only use free weights to build muscle. If one thing exists to dispel that myth it’s a kettlebell. Kettlebells require you to use all the muscles in your body for stabilization while performing exercises like squats, bent over rows, deadlifts, and figure eights. When implemented into a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class, the results speak for themselves.
We value the benefits of kettlebells at EPIC Interval Training and want you to come experience them for yourself. As if they weren’t capable enough on their own, we implement them into our HIIT programs, effectively boosting your metabolism and providing an intense burn. Are you ready to experience some EPIC kettlebell training? Contact us today to discover how you can get your first class on us!