Kettlebells………a fairly new addition to the industry or not?
Kettlebells actually date back over 100 years and became a competitive sport in the 1940’s and research has concluded that they are the single most effective tool for developing strength and endurance, as well as for functional-based training.
What are they and how do they work?
Kettlebells are are a heavy cast-iron ball with a handle attached on the outside. Because the handle is attached where it is the centre of mass is constantly pulling away from the exerciser unlike a conventional dumbell. They use a combination of lifts and swings to improve and develop the following areas:
- sports performance
- core strength & stability
- muscular strength, power & endurance
- cardiovascular fitness
- functional movement patterns
- motor skill, co-ordination and balance
- flexibility and postural improvement
Kettlebell exercises and workouts can be planned to incorporate any of the body’s energy systems, such as aerobic, creatine phosphate and lactic acid. As kettlebell swings and lifts predominantly utilise large muscle groups-cardio capacity is tested throughout all of the exercises. This not only improves the exercisers fitness levels but is also shown to help in lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of heart disease so next time you are in the gym give them a go!