People often asked me the question, why am always using kettlebells? for training and if they better than dumbbells, and to be honest depending on what you are looking for and what you want to get out your workout, but I can’t truly say kettle bells are better than Dumbbells or the other way around. 90% percent of clients come me (Tranquillity 360 Fitness), to become more physically active, lose some fat and tone a few muscles where necessary, how I get them into that shape and what I used is totally up to me. Not to stray from the main topic of why I like using Kettlebells, I enjoy using kettlebell pure because they are versatile, easy to use and provided loads of benefits, and I want to think that most of my client enjoy, working out with them.
My Top Six Reason For Using Kettlebells;
1. KETTLEBELLS ARE PORTABLE.
Most people will refer to kettlebells as a hand-held gym because you can grab a couple bells and head to a private corner and get a lot of work done. Or since Covid-19 you can head outdoors, or into your living room or take them to the beach. The portability makes it possible to keep the Number 1 rule of fitness intact: Consistency!
2. KETTLEBELLS BUILD CARDIOVASCULAR ENDURANCE.
Working with Kettlebells, I don’t need a great deal of time to warm up a few dynamic stretches and straight in Kettlebell ballistic movements (clean, snatch, swing, jerk) build cardiovascular endurance that rivals running. I like to be time-efficient, build strength and improve heart health all at the same time with kettlebells. What I really like is that I can do some running when I want to (or need to) and really enjoy it because I am a conditioned kettlebell coach and endurance athlete , and I also used it effective to condition my athletes and clients.
3. KETTLEBELLS MAKE YOU STRONG.
No doubt that lifting heavy balls of iron will increase strength. The offset centre of gravity makes kettlebells an interesting challenge to the entire body. People appreciate how kettlebells work the posterior chain, including, for example, the glutes, abdominals, lats and hamstrings. We are not focusing on just one area of the body (no leg day, no arm day ... every day is whole-body day.) And this form of strong applies to moving/lifting heavy stuff and doing great stuff in daily life, understanding how to use posture, breathing and movement technique in and out of the gym.
4. KETTLEBELLS ARE TIME EFFICIENT.
As a coach often I get very little time to train myself and keep on top of my game, an hour is a long kettlebell workout. An hour and half are great though because you can do some mobility work that will make you an even stronger, more resilient athlete. But they are times when I only have 30 minutes, I would do, for example, 10 Turkish Getups. Have another few minute? Throw in 100 Single Arm Kettlebells swings (takes me about one song). I can combine the TGUs , swings, Snatch, squat and press with some warm-up and cool down time and be happy that I completed a challenging and impact training session in about 30 minutes, and I would be dripping
5 KETTLEBELLS CONDITION YOUR BODY FOR LIFE AND SPORT.
Personally, I can't think of another fitness system that will give someone the overall conditioning in a way that is manageable, sustainable and solidly rooted in exercise science. We are building sturdy people who value getting stronger, working toward becoming pain and injury-free, feeling energized, confident and who are less likely to get injured in the future. They live, work and play knowing that the kettlebell conditioning helps them to move with confidence and that translates into being their very best in their everyday life.
6. KETTLEBELLS CHALLENGE THE MIND.
There are many cues with each movement that require you to think. Thinking about how your body is moving keeps you safe and safely challenged. Learning to use kettlebells is intellectually interesting. You will also learn about your anatomy, as in what muscles you are using with different movements. After a while, the movements will become grooved into your muscle memory and you can build on those with additional mental challenges with more advanced movements and lifts.
I would say that if you learn in person from a certified kettlebell coach, the basic movements can be easy to do. If you are learning from a book or video, it is nearly impossible to get the nuances of the movement right. Learn from a certified coach (like me!) to prevent injury and I promise you will have fun too.
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