There are so many reasons why using kettlebells is one of the most purposeful practices in my life and I'll tell you why:
1) They're efficient. If you want to spend 10 hours a week at a gym, then kettlebells isn't for you. Kettlebell training is not about time spent, its the intensity of the practice that matters. You can burn up to 20 calories a minute in a standard kettlebell routine. That's 400 calories in 20 minutes!
2) They force you to get out of your head. This is my favorite. You can't "drift off" in your mind during a kettlebell workout. The #1 rule is pay attention! This is a workout that demands awareness and therefore creates it. I love this because it helps us build more of a relationship with our bodies and less identification with the mind. The less you "think" about the workout and the more you "feel" it, the more enjoyable and certainly more beneficial the experience will be.
3) They never get boring. Oh, the endless possibilities for workout ideas. And they keep coming. I've created a few moves of my own too. The design of the kettlebell is such that you can use them like regular weights, swing them, walk with them, walk with them over head, crawl with them, lay down on the floor and use them, stretch with them, heck there's not much you can't do with them!
3) They're transportable. A hand-held gym if you will. When I went to Ecuador for four months in college, I brought my kettlebell with me on the plane. I was more than happy to spend the extra money to have my cast iron companion along for my stay. I was so glad I did because I stayed fit while abroad and didn't allow myself to lose ground with my training. They are even easier to bring with on road trips, over to a friend's house, or to the park. A very handy workout tool on the go!
4) They are FUN! Oh my word, are they ever fun. Not only is using them fun, but being in a class where you are doing this with other people is a great social pass time as well. I think one of the reasons why kettlebells classes are so fun is because you're doing something so different and yes, challenging, that it creates a bonding atmosphere. I've noticed people in kettlebell classes are WAY more interactive than in aerobic or strength training classes I've attended at regular gyms and health clubs. You feel like you're part of something way cool, and you ARE!
It should be noted that while DVDs, books, and Youtube videos are a great way to gain some exposure to kettlebells, it is not recommended to start out by learning this way. The level of technicality is pretty high, so its important you are taught from someone who is a RKC or StrongFirst instructor. These certifications ensure that the person teaching has a thorough skill in kettlebell training.
Interested in trying out a class or private session for free? Email me for information! MarieNelson01@gmail.com.