Kettlebells are cast iron weights that have been used since the 1700's. They were originally developed to help train the Soviet Army but soon become popular with the general population and even started being used in competitive events in the 1940's. They can vary in weight from as little as 5 lbs all the way up to an impressive 75 lbs. They are a great addition to a home gym - they don't take up much space but offer a full body workout, including strength and endurance.
I was first introduced to kettlebell workouts when my SIL bought me the book The Swing! The author, Tracy Reifkind lost 100 lbs simply by swinging a kettlebell. The book is a great read and her story is very inspiring. She also includes a great section on selecting the right kettlebell for you and proper technique for building a workout routine around kettlebell swinging. My SIL uses her kettlebell as part of her workout routine and loves it. It doesn't take a lot of time and you can pick it up and start swinging while you are waiting for the laundry to finish or the water to boil for a cup of tea.
Lots of gyms are now offering kettlebell classes, but really, it's something you can just as easily do on your own at home. Tribesports has a great kettlebell challenge that just came out this week. With just one kettlebell you can do 4 different exercises. They recommend that women start with an 8 lb weight and once you are comfortable with that and have developed good form, you can move up to a 15 pound kettlebell. Just click on the image below to see all the details on the Tribesports challenge, including detailed guides on each of the 4 exercises.
Let's get swinging!