Charlotte, NC, September 20, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Kettlebell training has increased in popularity across the country since 2009. The American Council on Exercise, America’s leading authority on fitness, named kettlebells as one of the top 10 trends in fitness in 2009. Personal trainers and gyms alike are still adopting this tool as a cure for the common workout as its popularity continues to surge.
The kettlebell, still unrecognized and mispronounced by many, is best described as a black bowling ball made of iron with a suitcase handle on it. Kettlebells come in various sizes anywhere from 8 lbs to over 100 pounds for the strongest men and women. This tool was developed by Russian strongmen in the early 1700’s as a way to increase strength, endurance, and flexibility and has also been used more recently in the Russian and American special forces. The kettlebell has also been touted as a “total gym in the palm of your hand.”
According to Julie Sawyer, kettlebell-certified expert in SW Charlotte, kettlebell training has many benefits. Listed below are Sawyer’s top 7 reasons to use a kettlebell, especially if you like short, effective workouts.
Top 7 Reasons to Use a Kettlebell
1) You can get a serious cardio workout without the boredom of the “hamster wheel” (ie. cardio on a treadmill or elliptical).
2) Kettlebell workouts are never boring because the variety of exercises makes working out more fun.
3) Kettlebell training combines cardio with strength training, which means you don’t have to hop on the treadmill for an extra 45 minutes after your kettlebell workout.
4) Kettlebells are a great solution for busy people. A kettlebell workout can be the solution for squeezing in cardio, strength training, and flexibility into a busy schedule because you can accomplish all three objectives in one 20 minute workout.
5) Kettlebell workouts melt fat with a one-two-three punch. A) These workouts are highly metabolic due to the intensity and full-body nature of the movements. B) They increase muscle mass, which helps you burn more calories all day long. C) Whole-body movements and higher exercise intensity stimulate human growth hormone (HGH), which is known for its fat-burning effects.
6) Since kettlebell training consists of whole-body movements, every muscle is strengthened from head-to-toe. It is well-known that compound whole body movements are superior to muscle-isolating machines for strength and body composition.
7) The ballistic but nonimpact nature of kettlebell exercises actually strengthens tendons, ligaments, and joints instead of wearing them down like running does.
For those interested in learning how to use a kettlebell, Julie Sawyer will be conducting a kettlebell workshop on Saturday, September 29th at 10 AM at The Palisades Sports Complex. Registration is required to participate in the workshop, and the cost of the workshop is $20. To register, email Julie Sawyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates and info will be posted at www.facebook.com/tuffgirlbootcamps.