Kettlebells for Beginners
The past few months have really been a doozy for some of us when it comes to keeping up a normal fitness routine. (What does normal even mean these days?) Between juggling remote learning for school kids, constant readjustments in work and recreation to account for COVID-19 compliance and then the stress of it all, it’s easy to feel like 2020 is a complete bust for EVERYTHING—including fitness.
But wait! Before you throw in the towel this fall and resolve to just start again in 2021 with your New Year’s resolution, keep in mind that it’s never too late to pick up the weights and try again tomorrow. And while you’re at it, why not try something new and give yourself a little something fun to look forward to? We’re talking kettlebells. If you haven’t tried yet, kettlebell training boosts your power, strength and flexibility, all while being easier on your body than weight training with a barbell.
Start with a Squat
Like it or not, squats are one of the best ways to work your buttocks, quads and hamstrings. When you add a kettlebell to the routine, you increase resistance your body has to work against to stand back up, which gives your muscles more of a challenging workout. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, grip the sides of the kettlebell handle with both hands at chest height, and then bend at your knees into a big squat. Drop the bell all the way down to your hells and then return back to a standing position.
Drop into a Lunge
Another standard exercise you are most likely already familiar with is the lunge. Once again, stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your arms by your side and holding a kettlebell in each hand, take a large step forward. Lower your body, bending both knees to 90 degrees, and push through your heels keeping the weight on your back foot. Then return to the original position and alternate legs.
For a complete kettlebell workout routine, let Wilmington’s leading personal trainer Matt Johnson help you put together a personalized fitness plan.