How to get started with Kettlebell Training Workouts

a close up shot of a woman holding a kettlebell

How to get started with Kettlebell Training Workouts

In my opinion, kettlebells are one of the greatest tools to improve your strength and fitness. Surprisingly using kettlebells as part of your home training workouts gives you much more functional exercise options. Kettlebells are relatively cheap to buy and will take up much less space than a treadmill or rowing machine.

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Kettlebells build full body strength and will improve motor skills for many daily activities and sports. Movements using kettlebells can incorporate the three planes of movement that the body is capable of. This allows groups of muscles to be trained together rather than one muscle at a time. This will save you time in your training sessions.

History of kettlebell training workouts

It’s likely that kettlebells were used in Russia hundreds of years ago in village strength competitions between men.

It has also been said that kettlebells were created as a counterweight for weighing and measuring goods when trading and bartering. Sometimes these weights would be used by men to display feats of strength.

Sigmund Klein set up a weight lifting gym in New York in the 1930’s. This was the first recorded gym to have kettlebells available as training equipment. Paving the way for gyms today to have at least a few kettlebells available for members to use.

In the 2000’s Pavel Tsatsouline popularised kettlebell training via a range of fitness books, programmes and instructional videos.

What do kettlebells do?

Indeed kettlebell training workouts will make you feel like a badass, but kettlebells are also used to develop and improve:

  • Strength and power
  • Hypertrophy (muscle growth)
  • Muscle endurance
  • Functional abilities
  • Core strength
  • Sports performance
  • Active flexibility
  • Body composition
  • Cardiovascular fitness

How do I start kettlebell training workouts?

This is obviously dependent on a lot of things like what your current fitness levels are and what exercises you want to use the kettlebell for. I generally find a good starting weight for clients is around 6kg or 8kg. I personally prefer the cast iron ones like this over the plastic ones.

If you have kettlebells at home already, check out my Get Started with Kettlebells Programme. This will help you to learn and master some basic Kettle bell movements and get started with Kettlebell Training Workouts.

Do you have any questions about kettlebells or how to use them? Get in touch.

Please note that, unless specifically stated, the information provided by Aimee Pearce Personal Training is for people who are medically fit and not pregnant, with no medical, joint or health problems.  

If you require specific advice regarding your personal circumstances please contact me at aimee@aimeepearcepersonaltrainer

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If you are unsure please consult a Doctor before starting any exercise program.

Published by Aimee Pearce

Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist in Functional Fitness

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