June 23rd, 2017
benefits of kettlebell

Intro to Kettlebells: The Best Fitness Equipment For Your Dollar

If you are looking to invest in your health, there is no easier way than to purchase a kettlebell. For about the same amount you would spend on a new pair of sneakers, you can buy a durable and portable piece of fitness equipment that will revolutionize the way you workout.

Benefits of Kettlebell Training

  • The off-centered weight of the kettlebell increases the demand placed on your core, stabilizing muscles and proprioception.
  • The kettlebell delivers strength, power and endurance training in one neat little package.
  • Kettlebell training decreases your risk of injury and helps you fight fatigue and disease.
  • An effective kettlebell workout can help boost insulin sensitivity and your metabolism for days!
  • Kettlebell training eliminates excuses – if you have 10 minutes and a kettlebell, you can make it happen!

How to Choose the Right Kettlebell

Convinced? Here is how to go about choosing the right kettlebell for you:

Start with a lighter kettlebell and take the time to learn the perfect technique. You will never outgrow your first kettlebell as there are numerous advanced exercises and you will need a lighter kettlebell to perfect your technique. So as you grow stronger and more skilled with the kettlebell, you’ll still want lighter options for the more advanced moves.

If you are in average shape, start with the 8kg (18lb) kettlebell. If you are healthy, fit and regularly strength train, start out with a 12kg (26lb) or 14kg (30lb) kettlebell. The goal will be to work up to the 16kg (35lb) kettlebell.

*Researchers found that most women tend to choose a weight that is well below what is needed to properly stimulate your muscles. Lifting heavy (enough) is the key to the kettlebell training. So, choose a weight that is challenging AND allows you to complete the exercises with perfect form.*

Keka Schermerhorn

Keka Schermerhorn is a professional chef and lifelong athlete who believes in a holistic approach to fitness. As a child she took ballet classes; in high school she earned a spot on the boy’s wrestling team. She has coached kids and adults through high-ropes courses, taught infants to swim and was a certified lifeguard for the Special Olympics. Keka has always been enamored with movement. When faced with an autoimmune disease and the prospect of life-long prescription painkillers, Keka turned instead to food and exercise as a way to take control of her health. After a lot of early trial and error (including a stint as a bacon-yearning vegan), she successfully identified the foods that allow her to live an active, painkiller-free life. After college, Keka relied on ballet, boxing and kettlebells as a way to stay fit. When a CrossFit affiliate moved into her gym, she decided to give it a try, and quickly fell in love with the community. Her no-nonsense approach to health and fitness, keen eye for efficient movement and knack for strategy make her a valuable coach.

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