Kettlebells have been around for a long time but they have only recently been recognized as a tool for a good workout routine. This article from Dr. Mercola talks about the benefits of a kettlebell workout and shows some great ways to use kettlebells for a workout routine.
Kettlebell Fitness Craze Lifts Off
Kettlebells are one of the hottest new fitness trends, but there’s actually nothing new about them. The weighted balls with handles were originally used in Russia during the 1700s, reportedly as a weight to measure grains and other goods.
During festivals, vendors started to swing the kettlebells to show their strength, and from there perhaps the first kettlebell workouts were born
Today everyone from professional athletes to Hollywood celebrities and fitness buffs are embracing this “workout of all workouts,” most likely because they’ve discovered it’s a phenomenal way to build muscle, stamina and cardio fitness all wrapped up into one intense workout.
Unlike lifting a dumbbell, which keeps your center of gravity fixed, kettlebells incorporate movements that throw off your center of gravity and use your core muscles to keep you balanced.
“ … kettlebells are versatile. They’re ideal for explosive exercises that work major muscles, burn body fat, and build power, but they also add a new dimension to classic moves like chest presses and flys. And you don’t need a wall-length rack of them to get a great workout.
One pair will suffice for this routine. Use them regularly and you’ll see the body you’ve always wanted.”
Check out this great article about kettlebell workouts and see how you can greatly maximize this excellent workout routine for body fitness.