Kettlebell Workouts are the Future (and Past) of Fitness

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( — April 30, 2013) Toronto, ON — There are fads in the exercise industry and there are breakthroughs, and the professionals using kettlebells for training swear by them. Imagine swinging around a broadsword during your training to become a knight, or even a wooden club everyday to protect yourself from predators in the wild – this is what kettlebell training feels like.

Kettlebells have gained a lot of momentum over the last few years, simplistic in design, they are cast-iron weights (like a cannonball) with a handle attached. Due to this design centre of gravity is actually lower than your traditional dumbell, so when you complete designed movements with them you are using more stabilizing muscles. They are a very versatile piece of workout equipment and are the most trending addition to home and commercial gyms worldwide.

“When I hear a client mention kettlebell training I always crack a smile,” says Dr. Jesse Clement, personal trainer, local Chiropractor, and Russian kettlebells certified instructor in downtown Toronto. “It means your body has to work harder to maintain balance. It means more pain the next morning.”

Kettlebell training combines explosive strength with muscular endurance to provide an efficient and athletically optimized full-body workout. Your body has to work harder to maintain balance, and by doing so, you work many different muscle groups — and get your heart rate up at the same time.

“The core and cardio really benefit. The movements are simplistic to learn and often my clients only need one instructional to learn, and go off on their own. Some store their own at our gym for obvious reasons, and I’ve even seen the chimp ones around.”.

The “chimp” kettlebells Jesse is referring to are the designer Onnit Primal Bells. They are the shape of a chimp’s head and are for the very, very intense kettlebell user.

Once you are properly trained, you can buy kettlebells online for less than one-hundred dollars… allowing yourself to workout in the comfort of your home or office. All of the kettlebells I browsed online boosted a five-star rating on A feat that most products can not claim.

“It is very rare that I try a product out and place an order the same day for my home gym… and then convince my staff… and my manager. Now we are teaching classes and everyone is training like cavemen swinging around.”

If searching where to buy kettlebells at a fair price, Onnit Labs; offers pood weighted products (to equate with traditional Russian kettlebells) and perfectly weight-balanced from 3D modelling. They are chip-resistant which was a selling point that Jesse reminded me to watch for.




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