Do not trust a gym that does not have kettlebells! For real, I am telling you. If you are looking to get started with weight training or want to challenge yourself in a different way then kettlebells could very well be your best solution!
Reasons Women Need Kettlebells
It may take a plethora of hormones to get jacked like the Arnold, but as a beginner it is very easy to not fire the right muscle groups. You can end up working the wrong ones and over develop too much in that area. Even if you are using the light weights! Surprising, I know.
If you are not familiar kettlebells they are the cannon-ball shaped workout tools you often see floating around the gym in all shapes and sizes. They can be used for a wide variety of upper and lower body exercises and range vastly in weight.
Heavier Than You Think
I would certainly never say to go beyond your comfort zone with a weight you know you cannot handle. However, push yourself a little bit when it comes to picking that weight. You will want to go heavier for lower body exercise and lighter for upper body exercises. This is only common sense. Do not follow a workout program that promotes the use of one kettlebell. You will be short changing yourself one way or the other.
Kettlebells vs. Dumbbells
Both have their place! BUT most gym-goers are less accustomed to seeing kettlebells. One major different is that dumbbells are all about control. You want to avoid any type of “cheat” by using momentum in your bicep curls or bench press. Kettlebells are all about creating momentum with control. Tricky right? By swinging the bell in different patterns and then controlling that momentum you tap into your larger muscles (booty, hamstrings, quads) and stabilizer muscles (abs, core) throughout the workout.
A Starter Tool
Kettlebells are a great tool for regressing some of the most advanced weightlifting movements. For example, a deadlift is simply the act of picking up a thing off the ground. When you are advanced you typically use a barbell. With a barbell, you can easily add the load based on your level of expertise. This can be incredibly difficult for any beginner to handle. You have no idea how much weight is the right amount of weight. Your mobility and restrictions could make it a challenge to do the deadlift movement well at all. If you are lifting too much weight in a bad pattern you run the risk of an injury.
Enter the kettlebell!
It is a perfect solution for starting out with many different exercises.
Booty and Core (Oh My)…
Kettlebells are a great way to learn and challenge yourself. I now use swings in some of my warm ups, but I can tell you that has been a long time in the making. They are excellent for improving posture, getting stronger and working your whole body. A new HIIT workout featuring kettlebells is currently in the works!
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How About You?
- Do you ever include a kettlebell in your workouts?
- Does it make you feel like a tough girl too?