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“It seems that these days everybody is trying to figure out the secret to get in shape, lose weight, and gain muscle. Kettlebells may just be the answer everyone is searching for. Here are 5 reasons Kettlebells can help you achieve all your fitness goals, in record time!

Easy to learn. Don’t believe everything you see on social media. Do a simple #kettlebellworkout search on Instagram and you will come across complicated and intimidating videos of fitness influencers performing intense moves, but Kettlebells are in fact less intimidating than you might think. The foundation of Kettlebell training is performing controlled, strength-based movements. When you work with a coach, who specializes in Kettlebells, you will learn the basics before progressing to more complicated movements. In other words, you’ll be taught how to walk before you’re asked to run.”

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Kettlebell Krusher’s Take:

This source article makes some really good points for the case of using kettlebells in your workouts. For those of you who are wondering the other 4 reasons, they are as follows:

  • Increase strength and cardio
  • Efficient
  • Minimal equipment required
  • Learn a skill

While these reasons are all valid, they are also pretty obvious. Working out in any shape or form should generally increase your strength and cardio. Also, the fact that they are small and portable means that, naturally, minimal equipment is required. Anyone unfamiliar with kettlebells can easily make these assumptions. But what about the not-so-obvious reasons why you should exercise with kettlebells?

Below we’ve listed a few of our own reasons that aren’t so apparent. All of these new kettlebell gyms popping up around the country aren’t the result of the latest fitness trend. Rather, it’s the awareness of kettlebells and the benefits they offer that is finally starting to get some recognition.

3 Not So Obvious Reasons for Using Kettlebells

Progressively Challenging

For people who are new to kettlebells, it is suggested that they start using ones on the smaller side. Many athletes accustomed to traditional workout routines are stunned at how exhausted they feel when using their recommended kettlebell weight. Although we disagree, many experts suggest that the average man begin using a 35-pound kettlebell. This tends to be met with a shrug as they equate the weight to that of lifting. However, kettlebell workouts are much more than just lifting.

There are numerous kettlebell exercises that will give you a full-body workout. Or, if you prefer, you can perform exercises that focus on your legs, arms, back, quads, etc. No other piece of gym equipment has the versatility that kettlebells offer. This makes them the perfect choice for creating weekly workout plans that won’t get stale.

As you become used to the kettlebell, the difficulty lessens. You’ll realize this when you’re not feeling as tired as you did in previous sessions. In order to get the most out of your workouts, your body needs to be challenged. Not too much, but it shouldn’t be a breeze either.

So what’s the solution? Simply get a heavier kettlebell. Increase the weight by 5 or 10 pounds until you reach your limit. Maybe that’s with a 53-pound kettlebell? Or if you’re a guy on the bigger side, there are plenty of kettlebells weighing more than 75 pounds. Even 100 pounds! It’s impossible for your body not to be continually challenged.

Increase Grip Strength

Grip strength refers to the force it takes to pull on, apply pressure, or hold an object. If you’ve ever had difficulty opening a jar, you’d benefit from greater grip strength. For adventurers like climbers or rappellers, being able to hold on to a ledge or rope is crucial. Although, many people take for granted everyday tasks that require grip strength too.

So how does a kettlebell improve grip strength? For one, the thick handle naturally requires a better grip when performing kettlebell exercises. Second, due to the off-center gravity of a kettlebell, no matter how you use it the heaviest part is away from your hand. Swing it, hold it upside down, even renegade rows will improve your grip strength. It’s something many people don’t even think about.

Great for Solo or Group Exercising

Most people looking to get in shape might be hesitant in working out with others. That’s fine, as it’s not difficult to keep yourself motivated if you’re doing it alone. However, take a moment and read some reviews of kettlebell gyms in your area. Chances are there aren’t too many negative ones.

The reason for such positivity among the community is because of how quickly results are achieved. If you stick with a program and maintain a proper diet, these results will become very clear and soon. There is no judgment among other kettlebell users or trainers. Just a lot of support.

The typical person working out with kettlebells might be old, obese, disabled, and not fit the stereotype of gym rat. Part of this is because kettlebell exercises are great for so many different reasons. Losing weight, gaining strength, body sculpting, rehabbing, you name it. There’s nothing quite like the kettlebell!

Ryan Faucher

I'm a web designer and kettlebell enthusiast on a quest to lose fat, build muscles and live a healthier lifestyle. I truly believe that exercising with kettlebells in conjunction with dieting is the most effective and efficient way to reach this goal. If you have the will and motivation, there is no reason you can't do the same.
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