There is no better way to increase strength, function, and mobility than regularly performing kettlebell exercises. The article brings up a good point about declining testosterone levels in men when they reach their mid-thirties. It feels like everything starts to decline at that point.
Kettlebell exercises are pretty effective on their own. When you first start using kettlebells it is important to have proper form and movement. Once the basics have been mastered, you can then chain these exercises together to give your body a punishing but rewarding workout. This is essentially what kettlebell flow is.
There really is no incorrect weight when it comes to choosing a kettlebell. Currently, I use a 25 lb. weight for all of my kettlebell exercises. Although, I do feel a little intimidated when I get emails from trainers saying that men should be using a 35 lb. to 50 lb. kettlebell when starting out. I think more factors need to be considered other than gender to make an appropriate suggestion.
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If you take a look at the order of these exercises, you’ll notice that there is a method to their arrangement. The kettlebell swing and high pull are great overall cardio exercises. Standing in the upright position, they’ll make effective use of your core muscles and set the tone of the workout.
Touted as the ultimate kettlebell workout by GQ Magazine UK, it combines two simple exercises and for a powerful workout session. While we don’t necessarily agree with it being called ultimate, it is pretty effective none-the-less.
In our kettlebell guide we expand upon just how convenient kettlebells are. Their small form factor allows people with limited space to use them and store them without getting in the way. It’s because of this small size that makes them extremely travel-friendly. Anyone who has been following a strict workout routine knows how difficult it can be to continue exercising away from home. With kettlebells, that’s no problem. Pack a set of them in the trunk and you’re good to go.
If you’re new to kettlebells you’ve probably encountered the issue of banging your wrists while performing kettlebell cleans and snatches. In order to prevent this, you’ll want to purchase a set of kettlebell forearm guards. They will help to absorb the impact of the kettlebell and soak up sweat.
Fitness guru Jillian Michaels recently posted an Instagram video of her working out with kettlebells. It looks intense, especially the first segment shown. Normally kettlebells are used for movement exercises, but Jillian had something else in mind. Incredibly, she uses two kettlebells as anchors that never move from the ground. Just watch her video below.
Like many other kettlebell exercises, the goblet squat scales nicely depending on the weight you choose. Selecting a heavier weight is great for building strength and power in your glutes and calves. Those who decide to go with a lighter weight will benefit from increased mobility and balance. After a few sets, you should start to feel the burn in your knees and legs.
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