Are you looking for a workout that isn't time consuming? Doesn't require a lot of equipment and is going to give you a total body workout (meaning both strength and cardio)? If you answered YES to any of these questions you should consider a kettlebell workout! At first glance, kettlebell workouts may seem a little old school but research from the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has revealed kettlebell workouts increase strength while also improving cardio and core strength. Check out the information below to learn more about how to get started. 

What is a kettlebell?

Kettlebells have been around for a very long time, longer than many other pieces of workout equipment. In fact, kettlebells originated in Russia back in the 1700s! A kettlebell is basically a cast iron ball with a handle attached to the top of it. There are various weights of kettlebells; ranging from three to 50 pounds (or even higher). 

What makes a kettlebell different than a dumbbell?

The design of the kettlebell is different than a dumbbell. When you think about it, a dumbbell is symmetrical and the weight of the dumbbell itself is distributed evenly. The kettlebell is a cannon ball shape with a handle therefore the weight in a kettlebell is not distributed evenly. This is a good thing for your workout! When the weight is not distributed evenly your body has to work harder to balance and stabilize during your work out (meaning you get the chance to strengthen those core muscles). 

Who can kettlebell?

Anyone can do a kettlebell workout because of the wide selection of weights available and the many different modifications you can make in order to fit each person. Use the website link at the bottom of this page to find kettlebell workout examples. 

How easy is it to do a kettlebell workout away from home?

Very easy! The great thing about a kettlebell workout is that all you need is the kettlebell itself. kettlebells are small and very portable. You can pack it easily in your car or even in your suitcase. If you are at home you can easily store it. A small kettlebell is much different than having a large piece of workout equipment take up your whole basement. Another great thing about kettlebell workouts is that you can take your workout outside, inside, to the beach, to the park, wherever! 

Finding the right fit for you: 

Women: 
Newbie - 3 to 8 pound kettlebell 
Intermediate -10 to 12 pound kettlebell
Advanced -15 to 20 pound kettlebell 

Men: 
Newbie - 8 to 10 pound kettlebell 
Beginner to Intermediate -12 to 15 pound kettlebell
Intermediate to Advanced -15 to 20 pound kettlebell
Advanced - 20 to 25 pound kettlebell 

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