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5 Reasons to Try Kettlebells

I can't stress enough how important it is to mix up the equipment you use when strength training. Dumbbells, weight machines, and resistance bands are common fitness tools you'll find at the gym, but you may have also seen kettlebells. Though they look like some medieval torture device you want to avoid, they're actually a really effective way to tone and strengthen your muscles. Here are five reasons you should give them a try.

  1. This type of equipment comes in a variety of weights, so you can use different amounts depending on the exercise you're doing. They're also small, so they don't take up a lot of space.
  2. Kettlebells are fairly inexpensive. A 10-pound kettlebell costs $26.50.

To hear why else you should use kettlebells,

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  1. They're used primarily for swinging movements, so they end up combining strength training and cardio in one workout. Since they tone your muscles and burn calories, some think kettlebells give you more bang for your buck.
  2. Kettlebell exercises utilize a greater range of motion, so they also increase overall flexibility and tone your core. Lifting static weight such as dumbbells tends to cause tight muscles, but using kettlebells will strengthen your muscles while keeping them supple.
  3. Strength training with a kettlbell mimics the same lifting you'd do in real life, so it can prevent injury while doing daily activities like holding your baby, picking up groceries, or carrying a basket of laundry.

Tell me how you feel about kettlebells in the comments section below.

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GLB67 GLB67 5 years
I love kettlebell workouts!
GLB67 GLB67 5 years
I love kettlebell workouts!
Eric-Kenyon-RKC Eric-Kenyon-RKC 6 years
You can get them at Dragondoor.com. More importantly you will find the best instructional books and DVD's there. You could also go to the instructor section and find a very rigorously trained and tested, certified kettlebell instructor in your area.
cg130 cg130 6 years
I'd like to try them!
cg130 cg130 6 years
I'd like to try them!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I really want to try these. I've used them at the gym, but I'd like to get some to use at home as well. I bet they give you a killer workout!
nikolem2 nikolem2 6 years
I <3 kettlebells. It's the most fun--and challenge--I've had working out in a long time.
nikolem2 nikolem2 6 years
I <3 kettlebells. It's the most fun--and challenge--I've had working out in a long time.
pbgirl pbgirl 6 years
You can buy them at gofit.net. They come with a really helpful training DVD as well. Teaches you a ton of different exercises, perfect for at home training.
imLissy imLissy 6 years
I want to try kettlebells, but mostly I'm afraid I'm going to swing the darn thing into the TV
alex289 alex289 6 years
are they sold anywhere? like walmart? and it would be nice if you could show some exercises you do with them.
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