I am not a fan of exercise. Okay, that’s a lie. I love certain exercise. I love kettlebells. LOVE. I love kettlebells so much I brought my 30-lb kettlebell on vacation with me to my mom’s house. I also love hiking and walking, but RUNNING? Ugh. I mean, I might do a 5k over the summer, but it’s not really something I’m into. Yoga? I might do yoga or pilates from time to time. I dabbled in Tae Bo. I’ve dabbled in a lot of things. But the only thing I’ve found that I have no problem doing consistently is kettlebells.
What are kettlebells, you ask? Well, BodyBuilding.com says the following:
So just what is a kettlebell? A kettlebell is a cast iron ball with a handle attached to the top of it (picture a cannonball with a handle on the top). This design makes kettlebells different from training with dumbbells because the weight of a kettlebell is not distributed evenly, thus creating the need to counter balance and stabilize during your workout (Aha … core strength!).
The most common weight of a kettlebell ranges between 9 pounds and 105 pounds. I start most women with an 18-pound bell, but some of my women in their 60’s use a 13-pound for some exercises and 18 pounds for the rest. Most women I work with work up to a 26-pound bell.
I started with a 20-lb bell, because I don’t have a lot of money to spend on fitness equipment, and I’d been using 10-lb hand weights for months. If I could use 10-lbs in one hand, I assumed I could use 20-lbs in two hands. Turns out for me, I was right, despite a few people (you know who you are) thinking I was being a bit overzealous.
As is the story of my life, I started slow (I am mostly Taurus after all). I began my kettlebell workouts with a simple 8-minute video:
This was a great way to start. The moves are easy to learn, and they have several people to watch, none of which are meatheads. The movements are slow, and are explained well. I did this workout for a couple of weeks, and I realized it was EASY. I needed more if I was going to get any benefit at all, because less face it, 8 minutes isn’t very long. So I upgraded to this FitnessBlender video:
Woo! Talk about working up a sweat! Never before had I had sweat drip down my SHINS while doing strength training. I’d always thought strength training was sitting on a bench and doing biceps curls. But kettlebells combine some cardio with strength training for a full body workout. They’re challenging, and dynamic, and they make me feel like a beast. Doesn’t everyone want to feel like they could take over the world? When I do kettlebells, I am an Amazon, a warrior queen. I am BADASS. It didn’t actually take long for me to outgrow this video, too. The progression I experienced in kettlebells was pretty rapid. Soon a friend e-mailed me a new workout, and I was HOOKED.
It didn’t take me long before I ordered a 30-lb bell. Now I use both in my workouts, with the majority of the time defaulting to the heavier bell. Very soon I’ll be posting my current workouts with instructional videos to show you how to do some more moves, but for now, I hope you enjoy the two videos I’ve posted!
What exercise made YOU finally love working out?