Benefits of Using Kettlebells

Kettlebells are an extremely versatile and effective fitness tool due to their unique shape and handle.

Unlike many resistance tools such as dumbbells, body bars, and medicine balls, the Kettlebell’s weight is displaced beyond the center of the hand, challenging the user to control its movements while simultaneously counterbalancing its resistance through large ranges of motion.

The handle creates an additional joint on the arm, producing a variable center of gravity depending upon how it’s swung, lifted, pushed, or pulled. They also allow for natural rotational movements, which are not always possible with other resistance tools.

If you were to consider the daily activities of the average human, you would agree that most of the routine movements require some form of lifting, pulling, pushing, or balancing objects that are not centered in the palm of your hand (with the exception of an iPhone!). The advantage of using Kettlebells is experienced through enhanced metabolic effect, stability, balance, muscular symmetry, and improved joint health.

The American Council on Exercise determined that kettlebell training burns about the same amount of calories as running a 6-minute pace mile. According to an independent fitness lab, 50 minutes of Lorna’s kettlebell training can burn 955 calories!

Would you believe it all began with the church? For centuries, church bells were rung through the laborious act of pulling levers that were strung through wheels and attached to the bells. The largest bells weighed as much as three tons, thus requiring a team of qualified men possessing great strength, skill, and coordination to generate the proper sound. In an effort to perfect the technique, bell-ringers would practice with non-clapper bells, called “dumb-bells”.

Similarly, would-be strongmen utilized old or leaky cast iron cooking kettles as rudimentary weights. By filling the kettles with sand, soil, or lead shot, they became load-adjustable strength-training tools, which could be lifted, pulled or swung about. In time, the name “kettlebell” was coined and kettlebell strength training came about.

How did Kettlebells get their name?