Kettlebells For Fat Loss and More
tick all the boxes as far as I, as a trainer, am concerned. My
clients want great results in minimum time, and they want fun and
varied workouts. The kettlebell delivers on all counts.
what is it about kettlebells that make them the best choice for
1. Maximum Results, Minimum Time
hit every muscle in the body in most of the kettlebell moves -
string a few targeted exercises together in a circuit (or even in
one super exercise) you leave no muscle un-worked. This is they
key when it comes to maximum fat loss - working as much of the
body as you can. The bodybuilding style of hitting one muscle at a
time is very outdated when it comes to fat loss in less time - of
course bodybuilders have very little fat and plenty of muscle, but
it takes hours of painstaking work to get there.
deliver double the results in half the time - a no-brainer in our
2. Kettlebell Training Boosts the
Metabolism - So You Burn Fat All Day Long!
up more calories at rest than the equivalent weight of fat, and
also takes up less space. So if you are composed of more muscle
and less fat, you take up less space and can eat more calories
just to maintain your weight! A double whammy, that is the result
of the fact that muscle is more metabolically active. Kettlebells
enable you to create long, lean muscles that are burning more
calories while you do nothing than all that extra fat. Kettlebells
make your body a fat burning furnace!
Added to the long
term effect of having more muscle in relation to fat, is the fact
that you actually burn more calories all day after a kettlebell
session. When you burn 300 calories on a cross trainer or
treadmill, you get off and go back to normal. With intense
kettlebell training, you not only burn more in a session, but you
also continue burning calories for 24 - 48 hours (known as
post-exercise oxygen consumption, EPOC).
Make Your Life Easier!
Increasing the strength and
tone of your muscles means you will not only look incredible, but
you will function better too. Whether you are carrying shopping or
children, or playing your favorite sport, being strong means you
can perform better in every area of your life. If you are used to
throwing around a heavy weight in your training sessions, a bag of
shopping seems easy in comparison. You also get cardiovascular
conditioning, so previously hard activities, like running up the
stairs, will also seem easy. You can get more done in your day
when you are fitter.
Kettlebells are superior to
traditional weight training as you perform movements that mimic
the challenges of daily life, and the uneven stresses that are
imposed on the body. In addition, the kettlebell is held
differently, and has an offset center of gravity, meaning your
small, stabilizing muscles have to work harder to support the
weight. This adds a core challenge to every exercise (for great
abs and a strong back) as well as preventing injury by
strengthening all your muscles, including the stabilizing muscles.
In terms of fat loss, this is an added bonus - if you are
laid off exercise because you are injured you are likely to get
fat again and lose all the results of your hard work! Training
yourself to be strong and injury-free means you can keep yourself
in tip-top shape all the time.
Caroline is a Personal
Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Kettlebell Instructor based in the UK.
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