Kettlebells, a pieces of strength-training equipment made from cast iron, can at first be intimidating, but as you incorporate them into your work out they can challenge your body and build strength, stamina, endurance and flexibility unlike other pieces of equipment. The functional movements that you perform with a kettlebell resemble movements that you perform everyday life.
The kettlebell first originated in 18th century Russia with a ball of cast iron and “horns” that shape into a handle. The handle is what is used the most, but the horns are useful when different holds are needed, like during squats for example. So what’s special about a kettlebell compared to dumbbells and other weight training tools? A kettlebell’s weight is not distributed evenly like it is with dumbbells. This creates the need to counterbalance and stabilize your body during kettlebell exercises, which are amazing for core strength, balance, and coordination.
A 2013 study done by the University of Wisconsin over a period of eight weeks showed that athletes, (with experience in strength training), not only had their strength improve, but core strength jumped by 70%.
Today’s Guest editor James St Pierre started Unique Results in 2007 to provide a supportive and passionate community for men and women over 40 to help them unlock their potential with fun, like-minded people. He says: We use Kettlebells a lot out the studio. Clients really love to use them and get better and better as they continue to train with them. Kettlebell classes are among our most popular group sessions”.