Now that the new year is in full swing, so have people’s fitness resolutions. For those that are looking to change up their routine or challenge their existing workout, a kettlebell routine may be just what you’re looking for.
Kettlebells can be used in many different ways, the most common include swinging, lifting, and squatting with the kettle bell. Each kettlebell exercise works multiple muscles at the same time not only giving you a full body workout but also cutting back on your workout time. A study conducted by the American Council on Exercise showed participants burning about 20 calories a minute in a 20 minute kettlebell workout. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile! They also noted a dramatic increase in strength after 8 weeks of kettlebell training…
With how intensive a kettlebell routine is, Mercy medical specialist Devon Gurnett warns that it’s not for everyone.
“”It may not be much for beginners because since you are doing whole body movements and if you don’t have the fundamentals down, you’re more likely to injure yourself or not get the full benefits of it. So any time you need help, or you need to learn it, just grabb a professional,” says Devon Gurnett, Mercy Medical Wellness Specialist.
If you think you’re ready to try a kettlebell workout, experts suggest women start with a kettlebell between 8 and 15 pounds and for men, between 15 to 25 pounds.