It’s no secret that kettlebells are a bit of an underdog as far as training equipment goes.
When most folks get into strength training, they are immediately introduced to barbells and dumbbells — squats, deadlifts, bench press, rows, bicep curls, and the like.
Kettlebells are often doomed to gather dust.
But the fact is, there are many benefits to training with kettlebells, and we’ll shed some light on them today.
Kettlebell Exercises Train The Whole Body
One of the greatest benefits of kettlebell training is efficiency. You’d be hard-pressed to find kettlebell exercises that don’t train your entire body, at least to some degree.
Good examples include the goblet squats, kettlebell swings, clean and press, snatch, and double kettlebell lunge.
You essentially strengthen your entire body, become more athletic, and improve your coordination with a single piece of equipment.
Kettlebells Offer a Different Type of Stimulus
Thanks to the odd shape and center of gravity, the kettlebell forces you to involve your stabilizing muscles more, which helps improve your balance. This is particularly pronounced in explosive movements like the kettlebell swing.
You are always forced to balance your body as you swing the kettlebell back and forth.
The bell also lends itself as an invaluable tool for explosive movements like the clean and press, as well as the snatch. Both of these exercises appear to be safer and more forgiving for your shoulders and wrists when done with kettlebells.
Kettlebells Can Be Used For Cardio
With a bit of creativity (and a pair of lighter kettlebells), you can have a fantastic cardio workout that burns a lot of calories, improves your lung capacity, and delivers many of the benefits of strength training.
If you want to shed a few pounds, you don’t have to force yourself to jog on the treadmill or cycle on a stationary bike. Grab a pair of kettlebells and do a circuit-style workout.
You’ll train your entire body, finish much quicker, and have a blast while doing it.