10 REASONS TO TRAIN WITH KETTLEBELLS

Are you a kettlebell fan? Or looking to mix up your workout with something new?

Check out our top 10 reasons why you should train with kettlebells to improve your weekly workouts.

1. KETTLEBELLS BUILD 'ANDROID WORK CAPACITY'

In the book 'Enter The Kettlebell' by legendary kettlebell guru, Pavel Tsatsouline, Tsatsouline describes Kettlebells as: 'The AK47 of physical training hardware'

A bold statement maybe, but we know why so many of the world's best athletes, physique trainers and Special Forces utilise kettlebell power.....

Tsatsouline describes the kettlebell snatch as an exercise that develops “Android work capacity and pain tolerance of an immortal”.

If you're looking for a fat burning conditioning session then look no further, que the secret service snatch test (make sure you have excellent technique and have built-up enough strength to handle the weights). Attack this fat burning challenge when you're fully carbed-up. A strong pre-workout drink and fat burner will also help you get through it and oxidise as much fat as possible.

Check out the Rouge Fitness demonstration below:

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2. KETTLEBELLS FOR ALL IN ONE CIRCUITS

If you're looking for a workout that's fast and ideal for building lean muscle then kettlebell circuits are an effective option. It's also awesome when the gyms busy so grab yourself a couple of KBS's and its job done.....

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3. KETTLEBELLS BUILD CLASSIC PHYSIQUE V-SHOULDERS

Another claim from Pavel is that kettlebells presses build 'herculean torsos'. We can vouch that KB presses have a unique feel to them when it comes to targeting the delts – you really get a good twist during the move and can literally feel how hard your muscles are twitching to maintain stability.

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4. THEY HAMMER YOUR ABS

Kettlebells are notorious for developing the type of midsections seen on fighters – defined, hard, rugged and attention grabbing. One of the most challenging is the turkish get up – combine it with 1-arm-rows from a press-up position and front squats with 2 kettlebells.

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5. KETTLEBELLS ARE GREAT FOR METABOLIC 'FINISHERS'

Metabolic finishers are a well-respected method of ending a traditional weights sessions, with a short, ultra-intense sequence of exercises, designed to boost metabolic rate and increase testosterone and GH.

*10 minute KB swing density cluster: Perform as many maximum power KB swings as you can.

*100 x front squat & press reps as fast as possible

6. THEY'RE THE IDEAL HOME TRAINING TOOL

Kettlebells are one of the most versatile training options available – especially if you're into home workouts or building a physique in the park. Since kettlebells come in a huge range of sizes, you can start out with 1-2 bells and build-up to heavier weights.

7. KETTLEBELLS CREATE ATHLETIC POWER

Kettlebell exercises will help you generate explosive performance thanks to the speed at which moves such as swings and snatches can be performed. Once you've mastered the techniques, focus on generating speed and 'torque' – really 'feel the power' being produced.

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8. THEY'RE THE INSTANT TABATA TRAINING OPTION

Most trainers have heard of tabata workouts – 4 minutes of 'hell for leather' exercise that elevates post-exercise metabolism for at least 24-hours while increasing fitness and boosting testosterone and GH. One or two weekly Tabata sessions are a useful strategy for a weight trainer who wants to avoid excessive cardio.

*20 seconds maximum intensity swings

*10 second rest (suck-up the air!)

*Repeat for 4 minutes

9. KETTLEBELLS WORK MUSCLE 'YOU DIDN'T KNOW YOU HAD'

Kettlebell sessions have been known to make elite physique trainers ache like crazy the next day, because they activate deep stabiliser muscles and tear down fibres due to new levels of torque and stress. So if you're a hardcore trainer whose hit a plateau – switching to a month of kettlebell-focussed training could be just what's needed.

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10. THEY'RE HARDCORE!

There's something about lifting a cold, iron-sculpted kettlebell, that has a primal feel to it. Get your hands on a 24kg kettlebell and perform a set of 20 swings – then see if you can perform some Turkish Get Up reps – you'll instantly see why they're described as  'The AK47 of physical training hardware!

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