Getting Started with Kettlebells
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Kettlebells are honestly the most versatile piece of fitness equipment you could possibly want for your home gym and certainly one of the top pieces of home gym equipment we sell at Fitness Equipment Cork. They can be used for both strength and cardio exercises and are comparably easy to store away. Unlike dumbbells, you only need one kettlebell to build a great workout program. The Kettlebell swing movement involves the entire body and works on areas such as balance and coordination as well as power development that don't get the same kind of attention in traditional training. Best of all, it's fun and can refresh and rejuvenate your workouts.
WHAT ARE KETTLEBELLS?
Kettlebells are weights that are made up of a bell — a ball-shaped weight — and a handle that is connected to the weight by the “horns.” Kettlebells are different from dumbbells in that the center of gravity is offset, whereas dumbbells are equally weighted.
This gives the kettlebell more versatility. It can be grasped by the handle, horns, or bell end. The many ways you can grip a kettlebell make it perfect for squats, rows, swings, and much more.
THE BENEFITS OF USING KETTLEBELLS
No matter where you are in your fitness journey, a great kettlebell provides you with plenty of workout benefits, including:
IMPROVED MUSCLE ACTIVATION
The off-centered quality of the kettlebell offers you the benefit of increased muscle activation — so you can make the most of your strength training workouts.
A STRONGER CORE
Beyond better form, kettlebells are a powerful tool when it comes to firing up your core muscles. Your core will need to be squeezed tightly to avoid leaning or misalignment in your ribcage during overhead lifts.
BETTER GRIP STRENGTH
The shape of the kettlebell, paired with the offset weight, requires your hand, fingers, and forearms to do more work than they would with a dumbbell — all of which promote greater grip strength. Athletes of all kinds can benefit from improved grip strength in both their cardio and strength training regimens.
One of the most appealing qualities of the kettlebell is its portability. Whether you’re looking to work out in your living room, on your patio, in the park, or at the beach, the kettlebell can go with you practically anywhere.
Kettlebells can be used in a number of different exercises.
CHOOSING A KETTLEBELL
When choosing a kettlebell, there are several factors to consider. For example, you’ll want to select a kettlebell that is the appropriate weight for your fitness level. Another important consideration is grip width — choose one that fits comfortably in your hand to avoid burning out your grip. Fitness Equipment Cork offer a number of different cast iron kettlebell sizes in various different colors. We also offer fast delivery nationwide.
CAST IRON KETTLEBELLS
Cast iron Kettlebells are often referred to as the original kettlebell and are the most comfortable kettlebell to grip. We only stock cast iron kettlebells are Fitness Equipment as cast iron bells are not uncomfortable on your skin during certain exercises. Fitness Equipment Cork kettlebells feature top-notch grips that hold chalk well during your workout. Our cast iron kettlebells come in a variety of weights and grip-widths to match your workout needs.