Kettlebells are a perfect fit for virtually any environment or exercise regimen. The unique shape of the kettlebell combined with its smaller size make it ideal for a variety of movements. They are inexpensive, compact, sturdy, and can be used just about anywhere. You can use them at the gym, in your own living room, outdoors, or even in a hotel room when you're on the road. Kettlebells offer you freedom and versatility for use and storage. Because of their compact design and versatility, kettlebells can even function as a complete, portable gym. You can literally store your home gym in a small corner or under the bed.
Unlike dumbbells, free-weights, and machines it is not necessary to buy a whole set of kettlebells. You can get an effective and thorough workout with just a few kettlebells of varying weights. The shape of the kettlebell lends itself to a variety of motor recruitment patterns simply by changing where or how you choose to grip the bell. It's even possible to complete all required movements with only one kettlebell when necessary.
But the benefits of kettlebells go way beyond their convenience for home use or travel. Kettlebell exercises engage the whole body with every move and combine strength training and cardio in one workout. They use resistance, momentum, and gravity to enhance the range of motion for each movement and engage multiple muscle groups with each exercise, instead of singling out one or two muscles. You can work your abs, back, glutes, hamstrings, quadriceps, inner thighs, calves, arms, and hand grip with just a single kettlebell exercise. And, because you will be working these muscles simultaneously, you will be able to get more effective and noticeable results in less time, eliminating the need to pump out a lot of time-consuming reps that isolate and work only one or two muscle groups.
Most kettlebell workouts involve short bursts of intense training, which increase strength and shred fat. Once you fully commit to your kettlebell training, your body will transform into a leaner, more defined fat-burning machine!
Highly functional, multi-joint movements like the ones performed in the kettlebells exercises in this book (pages xx-xx) will net you amazing results for your body, including:
- weight loss
- strength gain
- greater fat burn
- improved posture
- more core development
- increased joint mobility
- better balance and coordination
- more stamina and endurance
- increased speed
- stronger upper, middle, and lower back
One of the unique characteristics that makes training with kettlebells stand out from other exercise equipment and tools available is that their movements mimic the same natural motions that your body does in real life each day, which is why it is referred to as a functional workout. This means that working out with kettlebells while following proper form helps you reduce the risk of injury to your body while providing all the benefits mentioned above.