Although this piece of strength training kettlebell equipment has been around for decades, only recently has it caught the attention of mainstream athletes. Kettlebells are bowling ball-sized cast iron weights with a single looped handle on top. The kettlebell is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. The reason for the boost in kettlebell training it that it gets back to basic training that requires functional, whole body fitness. Kettlebells require you to focus on whole-body conditioning because lifting and controlling a kettlebell forces the entire body, building both strength and stability at the same time. Kettlebell workouts engage multiple muscle groups at once. In this way, they are a great option for getting a whole body workout in a short time.
The kettlebell’s centre of mass is extended beyond the hand, similar to Indian clubs or ishi sashi. This facilitates ballistic and swinging movements. By their nature, typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength. The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real world activities such as shovelling or farm work. Kettlebell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously and may be repeated continuously for several minutes or with short breaks. This combination makes the exercise partially aerobic and more similar to High-intensity interval training rather than to traditional weight lifting. If done properly they can also be very beneficial to health. They offer improved mobility, range of motion and increased strength.
Kettlebells are a very simple, yet incredibly effective piece of fitness training equipment. Despite their apparent recent surge into mainstream fitness, they have actually been around for hundreds of years, believed to have originated in Greece and then later used extensively in Russia. In Russia, a kettlebell is called a Girya, and a kettlebell lifter is called a Girevik. The very best trainers have adopted kettlebell training, and brought it surging into the mainstream. Consequently their popularity is massive and for good reason. Kettlebells can be used in so many ways that they have been referred to as a hand held gym. The effectiveness of the kettlebell lies in its shape and the unique way in which it impacts the human body. Due to the positioning of the kettlebell handle, the centre of mass falls outside of your grip unlike that of a dumbbell, where the centre of mass sits nice and comfortably in your hand. The unique shape forces the body stabilise and absorb momentum while delivering explosive force and training the body to use its full potential. Kettlebell workouts tend to be full-body workouts equipment, which mean a greater degree of muscle mass is used. Kettlebell training teaches the body how to function as a complete unit, optimising co-ordination, balance and power while seriously working the core muscles.