Saturday, September 29, 2012

Getting Into Shape With Kettlebells

By Mike Sherman

Are you trying to snap into shape and lose a few pounds? Most likely you are since there are very few people who would be opposed to to improving their bodies and being a little healthier. If you are interested in achieving that goal, have you ever contemplated doing kettlebell exercises? Kettlebells have become very popular lately and they are a great way to get into shape.

Kettlebells look like cannonballs with a handle, probably because that's essentially what they are. They were invented in Russia, where they are referred to girya. And, while they have been around for many years, they have started to come back into style again.

So, you might be wondering how to start doing kettlebell exercises. It really isn't that tough. You simply pick them up and then place them back down. It's not the most thrilling thing you'll ever do. However, that is the focus of most exercise routines so it shouldn't surprise you too much.

But what makes kettlebells different from other forms of exercises is how versatile they are. They can weigh anywhere from 4 to 175 pounds, though you'll probably begin with lighter ones. The best part about kettlebell exercises is that they work out your whole body at one time whereas traditional weights only focus on one part of your body at a time. It is a fully body workout that will you get you the results that you want.

The secret is that kettlebells are referred to as "ballistic" exercises. In other words, it consists of lifting weights with an accelerating motion rather than placing them down slowly, which is how the majority of strength training workouts are performed. Therefore, kettlebell exercises bring together strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular training. This will not only save you time but will help you achieve the results that you desire. That's pretty cool.

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