Barbells and dumbbells have long been the staple of an effective training program. And while those are still valuable pieces of equipment, kettlebells have continued to increase in popularity in the fitness industry. This is particularly true with the advent of social media because let’s face it....those kettlebell flows look way better on Instagram.
We’d like to share some information on kettlebells and explain why they are so omnipresent throughout the services we offer at MOTIVNY. They are a large component of our group classes and are a reflection of our take on how mobility, strength, and conditioning should be performed.
The Kettlebell first originated in 18th century Russia and is a ball of cast iron with “horns” that shape into a handle. The handle is what is used the most, but the horns are useful when different holds are needed, like during squats for example. They are great tools for metabolic conditioning and can be used for resistance work too, if you can’t access dumbbells or barbells. This makes them a very versatile piece of equipment.
A kettlebell’s weight is not distributed evenly like it is with dumbbells. This creates the need to counterbalance and stabilize your body during kettlebell exercises, which is beneficial for core strength, balance, and coordination. Because a kettlebell has an off-set center of gravity (usually about 6-8” away from your grip on the handle), it is harder to control. They can be swung, thrown, juggled, pressed, held, moved, and manipulated in hundreds of ways. Dumbbells will make you strong, but kettlebells will make you efficient.
We’re in the process of creating a ‘Kettlebell School’ set to launch in the coming weeks where the video tutorials and programming will all be available through our web-based and mobile app. Until then, we have IG LIVE classes practically everyday at 12PM which include workouts requiring equipment. Additionally, our coaches also offer tutorial videos on Instagram and also one-on-one virtual sessions to help sharpen your kettlebell technique. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.