Kettle bell exercises use 100’s of muscles at a time meaning you are able to lift more weight but also condition the body quicker. The Kettle bell Swing is based on our strongest movement pattern: the Dead lift (see image below).
Whenever you pick something up from the floor you are using the dead lift movement pattern. A light kettle bell will not challenge your full body especially not your powerful hips and legs.
Kettle bells are traditionally available in the following sizes and classified in goods, a Russian weight measurement: Remember you should start with those big strong exercises using the dead lift movement patterns for the best results.
Trust me, I’ve never trained a lady who has started on anything lower than a 8 kg (15lbs) kettle bell. Women will drag suitcases, carry shopping bags or hold children under one arm, you are stronger than you think, so start with at least a 8 kg (15lbs).
I have trained men using kettle bells above 24 kg (53lbs) but for the majority of your basics this is as heavy as you will need to go. It is possible by changing exercises and increasing the difficulty of movements to only ever need one kettle bell if you make the correct purchase to begin with.
Most women will start their kettle bell journey with a 8 kg (17lbs) and progress to a 12 kg (25lbs) relatively quickly. Most male beginners will start with either a 12 kg (25lbs) or a 16 kg (35lbs) depending on their weight training background.
Kettle bells are a great and simple way to add weights to your exercise routine. They are small and easy to grasp, which makes them perfect for intense cardio and heavy lifting.
If you’ve been wanting to start training with weights, kettle bells have become extremely popular among fitness fanatics. You will need to get heavier ones as your routine progresses, but for beginners, 1 kettle bell is enough to complete most workouts.
If you’d like to add more endurance to your training, you can hold it with one arm at a time. As long as your form is correct, you should be able to get great results with just one kettle bell.
Although, if you consider yourself athletic and have acquired much strength, you can start with two kettle bells. The reason you might see people with a “collection” of kettle bells is that some exercises require different sized weights.
Kettle bells are not like dumbbells or barbells which consist of two same-sized weights on each side of your body. You do not need two pairs of kettle bells consisting of the same weight to effectively complete your routine.
Swing Clean Press Push Press Jerk Snatch Squats (Front, Goblet, Overhead, Jump) Bottoms Up (Clean, Press, Push ups) Windmill Turkish Get Up Renegade Rows Juggling Dead lifts Arm Bars Halo Always remember that these routines should be performed with proper form to get the best outcome.
You don’t want to buy one that’s too heavy, this could cause injury to your muscles, especially for a beginner. You don’t want to buy one that’s too light either, as this can result in little to no muscle building or weight loss.
Choosing the right size will depend on a few aspects; your gender and how physically active you are. Remember when choosing the right size you have to mindful of how many kettle bells you want to use.
Whether you have decided yet on how many kettle bells you need, adding them to your workout will help you easily achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. The kettle bell swing is a powerhouse when it relates to burning fat, building muscles, and improving your cardiovascular system.
Burn a bunch of calories Studies#1 The American Council on Exercise (ACE), researchers found that a kettle bell workout can burn up to 20 calories a minute (1). This means that a 20-minute kettle bell workout could burn up to 400 calories.
Study#2 In another study, ten college-aged men completed a kettle bell swing workout consisting of as many kettle bell swings they could perform in 12 minutes. The participants would use a 16 kg (35lbs) kettle bell to complete the workout.
They were told to go at their own pace and take as much rest as they needed. The subjects completed an average of 265 swings in the 12-minute workout.
Using a metabolic cart, researchers found that the participants burned an average of 160 calories in the 12 minutes, an average of 22 swings per minute (2). Now, I understand that 160 calories aren’t anything to write home about.
The heavier you are, the more calories you will burn (assuming all other variables are equal). Obviously, the heavier the kettle bell, the more calories you will burn (assuming all other variables are equal).
The subjects completed an average of 22 swings per minute. It is fair to say that not everyone will burn an average of 20 calories per minute, like in the Ace study.
But that doesn’t mean everyone will only burn 160 calories in 12-minutes, like in this study. There are too many variables that determine how many calories a person could burn for any given activity.
Age Weight Gender Activity level Your lean body mass (more LBM equals more calories burned) Your metabolic rate Full body workout The Kettle bell swing works your core, back, shoulders, hamstring, quads, glutes, forearms, and chest.
Move that shit as fast as you can (while keeping control) for 3 to 5 sets of 1 to 5 reps. The Kettle bell swing used in high-intensity workouts such as HIIT AND Tabatha will increase your anaerobic (without oxygen) capacity.
Aerobic capacity is the ability of your body to transport and use the oxygen you breathe. If you ever have felt out of breath after just 3 or 4 minutes of jogging, then you need to increase your aerobic capacity.
Your heart and lungs will curse the day you were born, but you’ll improve your aerobic capacity. A lot of people use their arms too much to perform the swing.
The last time I completed this challenge, I lost 8 pounds in the first seven days. The prescribed kettle bell weight for this challenge is: For women-16 kilos or 35 pounds.
If you are feeling brave, you can perform this workout a few more times. Just make sure you rest an adequate amount of time between workouts.
The kettle bell swing is a serious way to pack on muscle, increase your strength and cardiovascular endurance, while burning a shit ton of calories. They are an excellent way to get your workout on and kick some ass in the least amount of time possible and without having to leave the comfort of your home.
You can buy a kettle bell anywhere, from sporting goods stores, Amazon, and even Walmart. If you are unsure of which brand to buy, We own two CAP kettle bells.
Massaging yogis was always great for anatomy exploration, but some of my clients were everyday bodybuilders, forever chasing the Hollywood superhero body. Massaging through gym rats’ chronically tight and tense muscles was a workout in itself.
Arguably, the reason why many needed to see me in the first place was due to poor training habits (coupled with too much time spent in a chair). They’ll also use external apparatus to stabilize movements for the sake of muscle isolation and “extra focus on the muscle fibers.” These training habits eventually rewire the nervous system to forget how to activate the stabilizers it was born with and effectively make the everyday bodybuilder prone to injury and, in the long run, substantially less capable at life.
Training for functional mass involves protocols that build nice big Hollywood muscles while also making the body more useful at real life tasks and less prone to back, shoulder and knee injuries. Their muscles are rock hard when activated, but unlike powerlifters and bodybuilders, they have the ability to switch off when not in use and are not short and chronically tight.
If the goal is functional mass, arguably the best training modality would be Olympic lifting with a mix of calisthenics. O-lifting is a long and highly rewarding path, for those who possess the movement ability.
However, it’s not accessible to the vast majority of everyday people, because we just don’t move well enough. I encourage anyone to start their O-lifting journey if they can pass my simple litmus test: being able to hold a naked (20 kg) Olympic bar overhead while sitting in the deep squat for two minutes.
Never use a bench, chair, pad, fixed resistance machine or anything to help stabilize movement or isolate target muscle groups. Smashing the muscle fibers to destruction, so they’ll grow back bigger and stronger is absolutely achievable using the stabilizers you were born with.
I think that avoiding the use of external apparatus for help with stability is the most important rule that should be applied to all training, no matter the goal. Forget back ‘n’ biceps, shoulders ‘n’ triceps or chest ‘n’ abs.
Replace it with squat ‘n’ pull, hinge ‘n’ push, loco mote ‘n’ resist rotation, say. Don’t go the gym and further train yourself to flex into the shape of a cashew nut (biceps, chest and superficial abs).
It promotes feelings of depression and weakness and arguably brings you closer to the grave. Be more superhero and train extension, with dead lifts, pull-ups, push-ups×, squats, cleans, military press* and loaded carries.
*A skilled practitioner presses from their lats while radiating tension throughout the midsection with their glutes. For mass training, two kettle bells always beats one because this increases the work volume.
When I’m programming for my remote clients, any given functional mass session only lasts 40-55 minutes. Given that the first 15-20 minutes of that is spent on joint mobility, this leaves a short window for the main workout component.
Ballistics involve kettebells being swung through two-planes of motion (swings, cleans and snatches). For goals such as losing weight or improving conditioning, ballistics should outweigh grinds.
Since the golden years of bodybuilding in the ‘70s, it’s been known that the more time the muscles spend under tension, the better for hypertrophy. I served in the Royal Marines Commandos with a dude who had a better body than Captain America.
He only ever did thousands of really light reps and isometric holds with resistance bands and baby dumbbells. We may have admired his physical appearance, but we relished in the fact that he was weak and sub-par as an operational Commando.
His dead lift was pathetic, he couldn’t outrun a hedgehog, let alone run a heavy backpack over a mountain, he often had lower back pain, and he couldn’t reach his magazine pouches because his big, useless muscles were in the way. Through my years of training I know that loaded jump squats are a very reliable ingredient for developing legs like tree trunks.
But crippling injuries also usually come as a complimentary extra for those who can’t deep squat slowly without load. If someone can sit in a deep squat position for over 4 minutes, they qualify for adding load.
Then after some months, adding explosive speed will induce miracle muscle growth. This is an age-old ingredient for muscle mass because it optimizes hormone release and facilitates the highest possible volume.
Strength is tension… How much full body tension you’re able to produce reflects your ability to apply force. More relaxed, loose muscles = better blood flow, faster recovery, less chronic tension and related injuries.
But if the goal is looking like a Marvel superhero in the shorter term, without breaking the first two (and most important) of these golden rules, training to failure in some lifts for 2-3 months won’t do any harm. But if you want to put on some muscle mass in a short space of time without cocking up your hormone balance by taking vitamin-S (anabolic steroids), train to failure and grow some sarcoplasmic muscle mass.
A great way to deplete the glycogen stores within the muscles and leave your arms or legs feeling like they might drop off. Many uneducated or inexperienced trainers think it’s their mission to create delayed onset muscle soreness (Does) for their paying clients after every session.
Regular, weekly Does creates excessive muscle toxicity, which has a plethora of negative side effects and cripples good movement. Soles Does in unavoidable for people who’ve been wearing foot coffins (shoes) all their lives and want to learn to run properly.
Every session should begin with 20 minutes of joint mobility and muscle activation, relative to your individual movement needs and injury history. Then take a week off and try another functional mass program to change the stimulus.
All programs should contain all human movement patterns and should obviously be suitable for the person it’s written for. If you disqualify, there are literally thousands of other effective functional mass programs that are suitable for you.
With kettle bell training, you can burn a ton of calories, lose fat, and boost your aerobic capacity, all while increasing your strength and putting on muscle. In this guide, we are going to explain exactly how you can lose weight (in the form of fat) with kettle bells.
We will provide specific exercise examples as well, so you will know exactly how to approach your fat loss goals with kettle bell workouts. It’s a double whammy that offers fat loss and muscle building effects.
However, kettle bells are widely considered the best training tool for Epic. However, running for long periods of time will cause your muscles to break down due to cortisol release (a stress hormone).
A study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) found that the average person can burn 400 calories in just 20 minutes. And make note, the calories we discussed above for kettle bells does not include the after-burn effect.
Kettle bell fat loss workouts are a mix or aerobic and anaerobic training, so you get the best of both worlds. Therefore, this is a major benefit of using kettle bells for your fat loss goals.
If you really want to lose fat in the most efficient manner, keep reading on as we are now going to get into the nitty-gritty… Follow the 4 points below, and we guarantee you will shred fat, lose weight and keep muscle mass so you look like a lean, mean, fighting machine.
Examples of kettle bell grinds: Front Squat, Military Presses, Sumo Dead lifts. They are meant to burn a lot of calories and improve conditioning.
The general starting weights for ballistic exercises are as follows: Make note, kettle bell ballistics are more complex than grinds as the exercises are based on movement patterns rather than a single plane of motion, so using a lighter weight to start off is smart as to avoid any injury and to get the form down correctly.
Aim to do 5-8 exercises each workout, with a minimum of 15 reps to start. It really depends on the type of workout, but overall, you should minimize your rest time.
Generally speaking, you should have a 2-to-1 work-to-rest ratio for fat loss workouts. That means if a set takes you 1 minute, you rest 30 seconds.
We will give you more examples about the rest time when we discuss the types of workouts just below. If you follow the below workout protocols, they should be intense, so long as you are using an appropriate kettle bell weight.
20 as a minimum because you need to get enough volume in to burn enough calories and have a good effect on fat loss. And 45 minutes as a maximum because any longer and your cortisol levels will rise, which is not conducive with losing weight and fat.
Best Kettle bell Workouts for Fat Loss: Circuits AMR APS Tabatha COMPLEXES Moms SETS X REPS WITH LOW REST (2-to-1 work-rest ratio) NOTE: FOR FAT LOSS, FULL BODY WORKOUTS ARE BEST.
Note: If you are a complete beginner to kettle bells, keep things on the low end (i.e. 2 circuits of 3-4 exercises for 2 rounds). For a 20-30 minute AMAP, choose 3-5 exercises and keep running through the circuit, resting only when necessary.
This is a traditional style of training made intense by keeping the rest time low. If you push way too hard, you may not be back in the gym for days, and that is not ideal.
You need to find a happy medium of high intensity but not over doing. Note: For circuits, AMR APS, and COMPLEXES, the rep count can be shorter than the minimum 15 that we suggested, as you will be doing a lot of volume with little rest (one exercise after another).
If you keep the same workout structure, it will become easier, as your muscles and body adapt to the stimulus. If you don’t make them harder, that won’t be the case, as things will get easier.
To lose weight and fat, you need to eat at a calorie deficit. If you eat healthy small meals multiple times a day and you work out hard, you should be at a deficit.
Weigh yourself each week and if you aren’t losing weight, then adjust your diet. Be sure to eat a high protein diet, so you can maintain muscle.
Now, you might be wondering, why do I need to work out if I can just eat at a deficit and lose fat? Well, if you want to keep muscle, look lean and be fit, then you need to work out.
So, with kettle bell workouts, you can eat pretty much a normal healthy diet and lose the weight. You will constantly be burning calories because you aren’t losing muscle and the workouts are intense enough to cause the after-burn (Epic) effect.
If you eat at a calorie deficit and you don’t work out, you will get skinny (not tone) and the quality of life won’t be as good as you will need to be way more careful of what you eat. While ballistics should make up much of your workout, adding in some grinds with heavier kettle bells is effective as they are physically taxing, which causes more calorie burn.
Because kettle bell exercises use the whole body rather than just a few isolated muscles you will be surprised at how much more weight you can lift than usual. The Two handed Swing is your first main goal, not only will it target lots of muscle mass but it’s also very cardiovascular.
Continue to burn calories hours afterwards Avoid over training Increase your metabolism Add tone and condition to your full body In under 10 minutes you can complete your workout at home before work and then carry on with your day.
More advanced kettlebellers will put together circuits directed at different movement patterns, for example: If you progress too soon then you risk injury because you're stabilizing muscles and connective tissue may not of fully developed.
If you cannot then you must practice because you lack certain stability and mobility that will prevent you from future injuries. Unlike conventional body building type exercises kettle bell training works hundreds of muscles at a time.
Like all things there is a natural order to kettle bell training preventing injury and develop skill. The primary goals should be the kettle bell swing which means developing the hip hinge and the dead lift movement pattern.
Many believe it started in Scotland as a competitive event where an actual kettle was used loaded with weight. There are a lot of really badly designed kettle bells out there so make sure you choose wisely and don’t just go for the cheapest option, you will only regret it later.
The swing improves your posture, increases your cardio, develop explosive power and is superb for fat loss. Kettle bell training uses hundreds of muscles in the body during every exercise making is very time efficient as well as improving your cardio often without the need to even move your feet.
Kettle bell workouts, when programmed correctly, flow from one exercise to the next using hundreds of muscles at a time. They will develop stronger muscle and bone density, safeguard daily movement patterns and increase flexibility.
Flowing through a handful of kettle bell exercises means you can complete a full workout in under 10 minutes, challenging your strength, cardio and movement skills. Using your hips and straight arms you swing the kettle bell in between your legs and then up to chest height repeatedly.
The amount of times per week you should use your kettle bell depends on the intensity and what type of exercises you are using. Using good workout programming then 3 – 5 times per week is usually enough to see excellent results.
You will gain strength and muscle tonicity quickly using kettle bells and with a good quality diet see fat loss results within 30 days. Beginners should start off mastering the two handed swing for only 10 reps before resting and repeating.
A good set of kettle bell swings will elevate your heart rate quickly without the need for you to even move your feet. If programmed correctly then yes kettle bell swings can be high intensity interval training.
If you experience pain bending forwards or backwards then kettle bell swings are not the exercise for you. Yes and in particular the Goblet Squat is super effective at working most muscles in the body as well as being very cardiovascular.
Increasing the weight, reps and sets will ensure you continue to get results. Yes kettle bell workouts, when programmed correctly, provide a full body mix that will increase your metabolism and generate fat burning hours after your workout has finished unlike conventional cardio methods.
In my opinion ballistic and dynamic exercises like kettle bell swings should be avoided during pregnancy. Any type of intense exercise takes energy and nutrients from the body before being replaced later by your diet.
Light exercise will help pump nutrients around the body but keep the intensity low. Yes but because the exercises are full body movements you won’t get the individual muscle pump like you get with dumbbells.
As we age recovery from exercise takes longer so if you do want to use kettle bell swings everyday you will need to keep the intensity and reps low. Standard dead lifts start from a dead position whereas swings are fluid.
For pure strength dead lifts are better for explosive practical power I would use swings. Kettle bell training, when used correctly, can induce a very high level of cardio while developing strength too.
So kettle bells can replace you standard cardio and save you a lot of time. Yes, just like all types of exercise if the movements are not taught correctly, you try to lift too much weight or you do not rest enough then yes you can get injured.
Kettle bell swings are performed forwards and backwards in the sagittal plane. Golf requires rotation through the hips and back so there is no direct movement correlation.