Okay maybe this is a bit odd given that Christmas is already over BUT the fact that I got this nice set of kettlebells for Christmas evens out every inapproprite singing here.
I realized that I haven’t posted a workout in ages! So as I have no recipe for you today I thought it would be fun to talk a bit about my recent workouts.
So today I am going to tell you a little about kettlebell workouts and why I like them so much! I also share some of my favorite kettlebell moves, how I add a new move to my workout routine and how you can start to work with them on your own.
Why I love the kettlebell
- You can work your entire body speak arms, abs, back, glutes, hamstrings with only one set of kettlebells
- You can use it in so many different ways that your workout is certainly not getting boring
- They are not too big so you can store them almost everywhere, no matter how small your apartment may be
- You usually don’t need more space than a yoga mat to work with them at home
How I started to workout with the kettlebell
If you are a beginner I would recommend to get a lighter set of kettlebells with not more than 18 lbs each. If you don’t want to invest in a lighter pair first you can start out with a single one, too. Maybe you can even borrow one or get one second-hand.
It’s absolutely important to learn to handle the kettlebell correctly before you start to work with heavier weights. I personally like to learn a new move with a lighter weight so that I can focus on the move instead of the actual weight. As soon as I have fully understood the move I start increasing the weight gradually. SAFETY FIRST, GUYS!
YouTube is also a great source of information for me. I like to watch some videos first before I start with a new move. Then I practice in front of a mirror to check my posture. I am prone to have sloping or sagging shoulders and I always have to correct my back. I found these two videos extremely helpful when I first started to work with the kettlebells on my own:
My top 5 kettlebell moves
1. Kettlebell Swings – man they work the entire body!
2. Double kettlebell Clean and Front Squat
3. Single Kettlebell Deadlifts – perfect for improving balance
4. Russian Twists – the ab killer!
Next time I post a kettlebell workout routine that I swear works your whole body. You will be sore and discover muscles you hadn’t known before. Promise!
Before I wish you all a wonderful weekend I want to outline again that I am neither a certified trainer nor do I have any professional education in this area. I just share my personal experience and what was helpful for myself. If you are not sure how to handle the kettlebell please see a certified trainer and let him or her explain everything to you. As I said, safety first!
Okay now I can wholeheartedly say: Have a wonderful weekend guys!