What are Kettlebells?
Kettlebells are an iron cast weight in the shape of a cannonball with a handle. The unique shape and centre of mass enables the kettlebell to be used to perform ballistic movements that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training.
History of Kettlebells
Kettlebells were developed in Russia in the 1700 as a counterbalance for weighing grain. Then in the 20th century the Soviet army introduced them as a part of their physical training programs.
They had been used for competition and sports throughout Russia and Europe since the 1940s.
Typical kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, buttocks, legs, shoulders, abdominals and increase grip strength. The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once.
Unlike the exercises with dumbbells or barbells, kettlebell exercises often involve large numbers of repetitions. 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.
In one study, kettlebell enthusiasts performing a 20 minute snatch workout were measured to burn, on average, 13.6 calories/minute aerobically and 6.6 calories/minute anaerobically during the entire workout – “equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace”.
So if you want to see your butt disappear and your body tighten, come to kettlebells.
Duration – 45 mins
When – Wednesday – 5:45pm & Saturday 9am