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.
- 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.
- Kettlebells are fairly inexpensive. A 10-pound kettlebell costs $26.50.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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