Kettlebell Workouts and Benefits

What Are The Benefits of Kettlebell Workouts?

Kettlebells have made a giant surge toward the forefront of fitness culture in the last few years. The rise of unconventional gyms, kettlebell gyms, and the enormously popular Crossfit have help bring light and fame to this ancient tool.  Find out why you should be enjoying the benefits of kettlebell workouts.

Kettlebells have actually been around for several hundred years, but even as little as a decade ago it was hard to find information or instruction on the how and why of the kettlebell. If you have ever been curious about kettlebell training and using this tool to get a great workout it is important to first understand a few of the many benefits kettlebell workouts can offer.

Here are my top three benefits of kettlebell workouts:

Benefit #1: You are the engine that drives the machine

What I mean by this is that because of its odd shape it requires momentum and energy to move the kettlebell. For example if you were executing a kettlebell swing properly you wouldn’t be lifting the kettlebell with your shoulders at all, instead you would recruit massive energy from large muscle groups like your glutes and hamstrings and using a hinge pattern your hips would generate force to move the kettlebell. Kettlebells are unlike any other training tool, there is never a rest some energy system is always at work once the bell begins moving. Kettlebells make you work; work hard and work towards efficiency, but they make you work each and every session because you are the engine!

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Benefit #2: Kettlebell workouts offer endless variety

Once you master a few of the basics you can really begin to get creative. Our online library at Awake and Alive has hundreds of exercises, but truth be told if we just only did kettlebell tutorials we would never run out of material. I love the freedom kettlebells provide where you can seamlessly transition from one exercise to another. With the kettlebell if you can imagine it, then chances are it can be done. No other tool provides as much versatility as the kettlebell. This is by far one of the biggest benefits of kettlebell workouts.

Benefit #3 Kettlebell workouts are holistic

Strength. Mobility. Endurance. Power. Kettlebell workouts are extremely holistic; they work almost everything simultaneously. You can work on your strength while also increasing your endurance; try a 5 minutes kettlebell snatch test!

Kettlebells will make you stronger. You will get strong all over and develop strength from many different angles. Kettlebells help improve your mobility. The ability to get the kettlebell into nearly any position means that your body gets into new and unexplored positions, this is great for becoming a more mobile, more resilient human.

Kettlebells increase endurance. Set a timer for 5 minutes and get to work. The first time will be brutal, but your stamina and endurance will increase. Try 20 minutes unbroken just moving the bells from one exercise to the next, beats running a marathon, but you will feel about the same.

Kettlebells build power.  Exercises like the snatch, the clean and the kettlebell swing require tremendous power to execute.

Kettlebells are a phenomenal tool and can greatly enhance any workout program. I recommend proper instruction when starting out your kettlebell workouts and once you have covered the basics with competency then go have some fun!!

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Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is the owner of Asylum Fitness in beautiful Wilmington, North Carolina. He is a Movement and Strength Coach that uses unconventional tools and methods to make his students a little better with each practice. His main focus is movement, he believes, “We were born to move. Reclaim your birthright.” He encourages his students and all those he meets to just play, similarly to when you were a kid, believing that play is the foundation of movement and movement is life. “By learning to move better and improving our mobility, everything falls into place.” he says. Mark is an Outdoor Fitness Enthusiast, is well versed in corrective exercises, and currently holds a level 1 FMS (Functional Movement Screen), and is a MovNat level 2 certified trainer and is always seeking to learn from the best. He also has a background in track and field, martial arts, ballroom dance, and currently is practicing parkour.

Comments (2)

  • Sburden308

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    Nothing improved my running and Martial arts like Kettlebells!

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    • Rsmith1955

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      I like doing basic kettlebell swings as part of my warmup and sometimes do kettlebell juggling. I find kettlebells to be very challenging, but worth the effort.

      Reply

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