What’s a kettlebell you ask? It is a large cast-iron ball-shaped weight with a single handle introduced by the Russians many, many decades ago. You’ve probably seen it appear at group fitness classes at your gym or at a boutique studio offering high-intensity training. Studies have shown that by incorporating kettlebells into your strength training, one could increase aerobic capacity, improve balance and increase core strength.
Dasha Libin, creator of Kettlebell Kickboxing, states the proper form for kettlebells involves hinging at the hip and planting your heels deep into the ground. “The goal is to generate power with your hips, by pushing your hips back (towards the wall behind you) not by squatting to the floor, then snapping your hips forward. The kettlebell should drop the second your glutes squeeze shut and it reaches shoulder level,” states Dasha. To avoid injury, take advantage of learning the proper technique by trying a class at one of the note-worthy studios on our list. You’ll definitely break a sweat!
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Pressed for time but have access to kettlebells? Try this 20 minute HIT routine from Fhitting Room instructor, Eric Salvador, and Fitness Magazine.