Agatsu Kettlebell Training in Regina
Agastu Kettlebell Certified Personal Trainer, Jonathan Metz
What are kettlebells?
Kettlebells have been around for ages. Made out of cast iron, they’re cannonball-shaped weights with a single handle on top. Although they look really different from the free weights and machines that occupy most gyms, they are one of the best and most efficient fitness tools you can use.
What are the benefits of kettlebells?
The benefits of kettlebells appeal to people of all fitness levels, ages and genders. Somewhere along the way the fitness industry lost the real definition of ‘fit’ and replaced traditional full-body exercises with isolation exercises. Lately though, this cosmetic type of training is being replaced with movement-based training, which some call functional fitness training. That’s what kettlebells provide, and individuals who want a more practical and traditional style of training are turning to kettlebells. Kettlebells offer:
- Full-body conditioning. The body learns to work as one synergistic unit linked strongly together. Big results by spending less time in the gym because kettlebell training involves multiple muscle groups and energy systems at once.
- Increased resistance to injury
- The ability to work aerobically and anaerobically simultaneously
- Improved mobility and range of motion
- Increased strength without increase of mass. Kettlebell exercisers are lean and toned, not bulky—a benefit that appeals to women and men alike.
- Enhanced performance in athletics and everyday functioning
- Major calorie burning (In a recent study conducted by the highly respected American Council on Exercise, participants burned approximately 20 calories per minute–that’s 1,200 calories per hour.)
Because kettlebell lifts are more subtle than traditional weight training exercises, it takes coordination and kinesthetic (body) awareness to perfect the exercises. A single exercise consists of multiple joints and muscle groups moving simultaneously, often in ways that are new and unfamiliar to most people. And because the movements are different than traditional strength exercises, they take practice—and professional attention—to master. When done wrong, there is more risk than just dropping the weight on your toes or bumping yourself with them. Bad form could seriously injure your joints, neck, back and spine. The bottom line is to be safe—and learn how to use kettlebells from the pros.
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