Written by: Brian Cardillo, O2 Fitness Membership Consultant @ O2 Fitness Cary

Welcome to the world of Kettlebells!  Created in Russia in the 1700s, they were used by the Soviet army to increase strength and endurance.  Simply put, kettlebells resemble a cannonball with a handle.  They are cast-iron and can vary in weight from 5-70 lbs.  Be careful because they are usually measured in kilograms.

It wasn’t until 2001 a fitness enthusiast (Pavel Tsatsouline) created the certification to become Kettlebell instructor.  Once word spread of the benefits of such a workout, superstar athletes such as LeBron James, Reggie Bush and Sidney Crosby incorporated them into their routine.

The biggest question is why introduce these into my workout program?


Functional Fitness Training

Functional training has taken the fitness industry by storm; Kettlebells provide the thunder.  Performing a simple swing with a Kettlebell will force your body to work as a single giant muscle.  You’ll feel the difference the following morning in your glutes, hamstrings, quads, shoulders, even abs!  Olympic lifts such as clings, snatch and deadlifts are other popular exercises performed with this archaic looking accessory.

Kettlebell Workouts Pack a Punch!

We live in a rapid pace world, our time is extremely valuable.  We all want the best results in the fastest time possible.  You could blitz through a Kettlebell workout in 20 minutes.  One study has shown a 20 minute Kettlebell snatch routine (on average) shreds 13.6 calories/minute aerobically and 6.6 calories/minute anaerobically.  That is equivalent to running a 6 minute mile pace.  Imagine how much time you could save by these espresso-shot style workouts.  Don’t forget about the phenomenal results as well.

With all exercise routines, you should consult with a doctor and trainer.  Do so, then test your muscles and cardiovascular system through a Kettlebell program.  Just make sure you hold on tight and as always, have fun with your workout!

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