Movement of the Month

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Hello Everyone,

We have returned with the fitness video updates and it’s called Movement of the Month “aka” M.O.M. In this post we are going over the benefits and uses of the kettlebell. We will go over the specifications and uses of the kettlebell as well as movements such as the kettlebell swing and the kettlebell lunge. The kettlebell is an interesting piece of equipment because unlike most of the equipment that you see at the gym it is not symmetrical and the center of mass extends beyond the hand. The kettlebell is bottom heavy which can make for a challenging but great training experience when using it in your fitness program. The kettlebells history began in Russia in the early 1700’s and its name derives from the Russian word Girya. The kettlebell was not originally used as a training or fitness tool, rather it was used as a counterweight at markets in order to measure out goods. The kettlebell has been used for decades in Russian military training and athletic programs but didn’t really become popular in the United States until the last 10 to 15 years. It has become a standard in the CrossFit and High-Intensity Interval Training world. This unique piece of equipment can be used to increase strength in many areas of the body as well as increase the heart rate when used in fast pace exercise programs. It can also improve someones flexibility and overall core strength. The handle of the kettlebell makes for a great transition from one hand to the other that the barbell and dumbbell cannot.

Now, that we have a little of the background laid for the kettlebell we can now give you some benefits and tips on the use of the kettlebell.

  • It can work your muscles in a different way.
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved core strength
  • Increase over strength in large and small muscles
  • Increase aerobic capacity through fast past training sessions
  • They are easy to store and do not take up lots of space
  • Many sizes to choose from

Source of information: Kettlebell Training by Steve Cotter, Human Kinetics, Copyright, 2014. www.HumanKinetics.com