What’s all the Fuss about Kettlebell Training?

kettlebell training

For one thing – it’s HOT and the latest trend in getting in shape!

Until recently, Kettlebells were unheard of in the U.S. but now it’s the latest fitness trend with its bowling-ball shape!  Here’s a little history about the kettlebell:  

  • They’ve been around for ages.
  • They’re made out of cast iron and look like a cannonball with a handle on top.
  • They’re one of the best and most efficient tools you can use.
  • They originated in Russia and continue to be popular in Eastern Europe.
  • American strongmen (Eugene Sandow and the Saxton Brothers) trained with them back in the early 1900’s

More and more people in the U.S. are becoming curious about the kettlebell – here’s why:

  • They offer full-body conditioning
  • You spend less time in the gym with bigger results
  • They increase your resistance to injury
  • Provide aerobic and anaerobic simultaneously
  • Improve mobility and range of motion
  • They increase strength without gaining mass (a big benefit to women)
  • Enhance athletic performance and every day function
  • You can burn major calories i.e. approximately 20 calories per minute

How do you get started using kettlebells?

Small boutique gyms and independent trainers offer group classes and individual instruction.  Most commercial gyms do not utilize kettlebells.  It should be stressed that the best way to start is by finding a trainer or instructor with a kettlebell certification.

You can also begin by joining us on July 30th as we interview Kiera Newton joined by Mark Bixby – “Kettle Bell: Exercise – The importance of Burst Training”

After years of snickering at her husband, Keira first picked up a kettlebell in 2005 when he challenged her to stop laughing and start swinging. She couldn’t walk for a week.

She stuck with the challenge initially when she realized that she could get an all-in-one workout in a fraction of the time she spent at the gym. Keira was convinced she found her ideal fitness solution when she lost the 44 pounds she had gained during her second pregnancy in just four months after her daughter was born. She continued to reshape her body in the years that followed, slimming her hips, dropping three more waist sizes, and building lean muscle.

Keira’s personal transformation inspired her to spread the word about the benefits of kettlebells. She will help you articulate your goals and achieve them one by one. Keira’s “tough love” will give you all the encouragement and support you need to transcend what you thought possible.

Mark discovered kettlebells in 2002 and found that they are the quickest, most effective way to train. He began teaching kettlebell conditioning to high school students in 2003. He taught the students that while they might not all be “A” students, their safe application of kettlebells could yield definitive quantitative and qualitative results for specific sports or general fitness and well- being. One student set a personal record and won the state competition in the long jump at the end of his year of kettlebelling. Other students stood straighter, taller, and stronger after achieving significant gains with the bells.

If you’re ready to open your mind (and body) to give kettlebells a try, you just might find yourself in the best shape of your life!

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