If you are here, you probably know about kettlebells but I will give you a very brief introduction on them anyways before going into details about kettlebell workouts routines. A kettlebell was originally introduced in Russia and its appearance resembles that of a canon ball with a handle attached to it.
One can use this simple equipment to perform complex ballistic exercises that will result in cardio, strength and flexibility training. They are ideal for fitness seekers who are trying to avoid a “meat head” look which they can otherwise get from traditional forms of gym exercises and free weights.
Kettlebell workout routines are a great way for a person to use advanced exercises that will result in a physique that will look sharp, angular and taut. Some of the body types of celebrities that will best describe the outcome of serious kettlebell workout routines will be the body types sported by Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 2 or Daniel Craig in the James Bond series. As you can infer from the examples, kettlebell workout routines will result in lithe, hard and angular muscle definition that is very attractive and sexy.
To get the best results out of any kettlebell workout, you will need kettlebells of different weights. They start with weights as little as 5 pounds and can get quite heavy. Instead of buying different kettlebells, you can try joining a gym that might carry a wide selection of weights including kettlebells. Many gyms these days are stocking up on kettlebells as their popularity is rapidly increasing.
Swing exercises –
Most of the kettlebell workout routines rely on a swinging range of motion. The kettlebell is different from a dumbbell in the sense that the center of mass is extended away from the hand. Thus, to balance a kettlebell in a workout, one will have to use several different muscle groups in the body which will result in a total body workout.
Kettlebell workout routines are usually high intensity circuits that are to be done with minimal periods of rest in between. One can work the lower body, hip, core muscles, the upper body and the arms with a single kettlebell or a pair of them.
In addition to strength training, kettlebell workout routines also result in increased flexibility as they stretch all muscle groups. They also increase the strength of the joints and can be a great way for sportsmen to improve grip in sports such as tennis, baseball, power lifting, etc. where grip is very important.
Adding in kettlebells exercises into your workout routine can give you an ideal mix of variety, which helps to keep you motivated along your journey of acquiring a slamming lean body. As I mentioned before, kettlebell exercises will give you that angular, lightly muscled physique, without turning you into a serious muscle head. It’s particularly good for those individuals who want to be muscular, yet toned and flexible; and if you get bored and feel like going back to straight free weights such as dumbbell or barbell workouts, you can do so at any time. Making this transition will be an easy one.