If you belong to a gym or have a fitness magazine subscription, chances are you’ve heard about kettlebell training. Exercising with this bowling ball-shaped weight with a handle is one of the newest trends in central Iowa, although kettlebells have been around for ages and continue to be popular in eastern Europe.
The use of kettlebells appeals to people of all ages and genders—especially to those looking for a new fitness challenge. Just like free weights and dumbbells, kettlebells come in weights ranging from 2 to 26 pounds.
One of the reasons the kettlebell trend is spreading is the many benefits for users. “Kettlebells are one of the best and most efficient fitness tools you can use,” says Jennifer Peterson, a Mercy Wellness Center fitness specialist. “If done properly,
kettlebell workouts offer full-body conditioning while working multiple joints and muscle groups to give a lean and toned look.”
Before you start a kettlebell program on your own, seek out the advice of a professional. Because a single exercise involves multiple joints and muscle groups moving at the same time—often in ways that are new and unfamiliar—it is easy to do the exercise wrong and can lead to injury.