It’s been over a year since I’ve started to use kettlebells for the purpose of losing weight. While it hasn’t been easy, I’ve managed to lose over 60 pounds in 10 months. Simply by eating healthy (paleo diet) and doing 20-minute kettlebell workouts – 5 days a week, I’ve improved my body and mind.
Actress Hilary Swank is no stranger to getting fit for her roles. After all, she played a boxer named Maggie Fitzgerald in the critically acclaimed movie Million Dollar Baby. A movie which came out over a decade ago. Hilary, now in her mid-40’s, could be forgiven for being lax on working out. Although, with her recent Instagram post, it seems working out is still something she enjoys.
From my own experience, using such a high-quality product like this powder coated kettlebell fills me with pride. I realize a lot of people could care less about what it looks like. Of course, it needs to function better and stand the test of time. Due to its smooth finish, this kettlebell tackles both those issues.
Recently, Instagram user paradigmofperfection posted a video of herself incorporating the kettlebell swing with alternating curtsy lunges. These are different than reverse lunges and require more concentration and balance to...
The newly opened KTL gym located at 19th and Spring Garden streets in Philadelphia has a unique progression system. Much like how karate or martial arts classes use belts to indicate experience level, KTL has developed a color bell system. The 3 levels; white bell, black bell, and gold bell represent experience levels of learner, developer, and master respectively. It’s the perfect way for clients to progress with new customized kettlebell workouts tailored to their experience level.
The kettlebell clean is one of the first moves you should learn if you’re new to kettlebells. Many popular kettlebell exercises use it as an integral part, usually as the first step of that exercise. The concept is simple enough. Lift the kettlebell from the floor or between your legs with one hand and transition into the rack position. The problem that most popular have when learning the clean is that the movement of this transition causes banging on the wrist and forearm. When done correctly, the floor to rack position movement should seem fluid and seamless.
If you’re thinking about joining Shawn’s gym, be prepared to open your checkbook. According to the website, new members get a 30-day introductory charge of $105 which then becomes $215 monthly. Although that is a fair amount of money, you’ll certainly have access to the best equipment and personal trainers that are dedicated to their clients.
One of the great things about kettlebells is that with so many exercises it’s easy to create your own workouts. Once you’ve learned the basic and advanced kettlebell moves it’s a simple matter of chaining them together. That’s exactly what Taylor Hughes shows in her video. She credits a trainer at her gym for this quick and simple kettlebell flow workout.
Instagram fitness enthusiast Mac Bain has created a kettlebell workout that elegantly incorporates lunges and lifts. As you’ll see in the video, lunges are performed in all 4 cardinal directions. If you look at each exercise independently you may think, what’s the big deal? They seem easy enough. However, when chained together in a kettlebell flow style, each exercise becomes a test in concentration and endurance.
The kettlebell windmill, which generally refers to the high variant, involves raising the kettlebell overhead as high as you can. Keeping your arm extended upward, you then bend at the hips to touch your toes with your free hand. Compare that to the kettlebell low windmill which essentially switches what hand holds the kettlebell. Both are great exercises but the high windmill is obviously more difficult.