25 July 2013

I like to move it - Kettlebell Swing

We've all seen these hunks of metal sitting there...just sitting there at the side of the gym floor. It seems no one is brave enough to pick up this piece of equipment and get the workout of their life...

The Kettlebell 


Some though that tackle this, use the wrong technique which we know can cause injury. So here I am with a little advice on the first exercise you should try with a kettlebell - the (double armed) kettlebell swing. 

Its a simple exercise that burns fat, builds strength and improves cardiovascular fitness all at the same time. What more could we want?! 

The kettlebell swing works the muscles in the hips, glutes, hamstrings, lats, abs, shoulders, pecs as well as grip.

How:




nb: images adapted from Nike Women Pinterest

Try:

Beginners - 5 sets of 5 reps using <12kg kettlebell
Intermediate / Advanced - up to 10 sets of 10 reps using >12kg kettlebell

I completed my kettlebell training with YMCAfit some months ago enabling me to incorporate many different kettlebell moves into Personal Training sessions or even deliver an entire class using a kettlebell...which is a fabulous workout!

If you want results, all you have to do is add this simple move into your training...

Elle :) 

P.S Safety always comes first. If you are new to exercise ensure you seek advice from your GP. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, wear appropriate clothing and carry out drills in a suitable space. Technique is paramount, and nothing should hurt. Should you experience pain, discomfort, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath etc, STOP and consult your GP. 

4 comments:

  1. You should totally check out Cassey (at blogilates) latest Pop Pilates. I'm hoping to tackle it tomorrow. It's a kettlebell/burpee pyramid. Sounds evil, but I love kettlebells, burpee's well we have a love hate relationship.

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    1. Ooooo gonna go check that out now! ...sounds...fun?! Hahaha! Let me know how you found that workout!

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  2. Now on to the kettlebell dead lift. I'm big advocate of kettlebell training. Kettlebell training is excellent way for runners to supplement their running, and to develop a more well rounded fitness routine. kettlebell instructor

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    1. couldn't agree more :) the deadlift itself is a great exercise so using a kettlebell can only increase the benefits!
      Thanks for your thoughts :)

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