On a recent post that I read about Russians, I read that they believe that Americans believe that bears walk the streets in Moscow. Contrary to popular opinion, most Americans are said to actually believe that there are no bears left in Russia to begin with.
If that doesn't tell how weird this former superpower was, it's also said that sushi is far more popular in Russia than it is in Japan.
Speaking of popularity and Russia's quirky ways, it's only recently that kettlebell weights have gotten attention for their benefits even Russians have been using them since the 1700s.
Kettlebell Weights – An Introduction
So, what are kettlebell weights?
Of course, we're all accustomed to the proverbial pair of dumbbells, weight machines as well as barbell weights.
One might wonder: Are they as good as the aforementioned gym equipment? Are they usable no matter which level of fitness you are at? If so, how are they used in a workout?
When kettlebell weights were first created, they weren't used for anything but to just throw or swing around, until someone realized how effective they were for exercise.
Shaped like a cannonball with a handle, these weights are used for ballistic exercises nowadays to not only builds cardiovascular fitness, flexibility and strength, and available in the weight range of 8 to 48 kgs.
The secret to using kettlebells effectively lies in understanding how to use them, and so reading this article which deals with the question "why use kettlebells" tells you almost everything that you need to know about this form of training.
Yet one point appealed to me and that was the ability to burn fat from even a 20-minute workout, provided the exercises that you pick are intense enough.
Best part: you won't need to rack on weight in order to build strength but do by going through with swinging or ballistic motion to really get into shape. And I mean really get into shape because this training implement is not only used by a plethora of movie stars but also those in the armed forces at the highest level.
While the benefits are plentiful and tend to offer a lot more than conventional weights do, the truth is that using these weights are only for those who have put some time in the gym, and are not necessarily averse to weights.
One more thing- if you've got a bad back, strained shoulders or a weak core, it's advisable to stay away from these weights until you try using them.
Kettlebell Weights – What You Need to Know
So, what do these weights focus on, when performing a routine?
Apart from the benefits earlier, the exercises are designed to strengthen the lower back, shoulders, legs and one's grip as well. And much more…
Here's an article that explain why kettlebells are a smart replacement for dumbbells.
Finally, if you're interested in a kettlebell routine, here's a link to a few kettlebell exercises that can give you a good picture as to how these workouts are performed.
Have you used kettlebell weights in training? If so, are there any benefits that you've noticed that aren't mentioned here? Feel free to share them in the comments section below.