Josef Brandenburg, special to wtop.com
WASHINGTON – One of the newer exercise tools on the market is the kettlebell, a weight in the shape of a ball with a handle on the top.
Kettlebell swings, when done correctly, are very safe, convenient and efficient. In this post we’re going to go over the actual benefits of using kettlebells, the risks associated with them and the correct way to start working out with kettlebells.
Kettlebells are tools, not training systems. And like with all tools, if used correctly and for the right job, kettlebells will yield good results. But if used incorrectly, kettlebells could be potentially dangerous and/or ineffective.
The benefits of kettlebells
Kettlebells — or as some people call them “cow bells” — are perfect for high intensity interval training, which is an important kind of training for fat loss.
Here’s what makes them so special:
But with an exercise like the kettlebell swing, you can get a lot of the benefits of plyometric exercise (very high intensity) without leaving the ground (no impact).
Are kettlebells dangerous?
When done correctly, kettlebell training is safe. It really comes down to three things.
To help with the first point, here are some instructions on how to use kettlebells:
Make sure you are physically ready for a kettlebell swing.
How to do the two-hand kettlebell