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Getting to Know Kettlebells

Have you ever wondered what the weight resembling a cannonball with a handle is and why it’s useful? It’s called a kettlebell. Originating in Russia, kettlebells are a heavy piece of steel used as a weight for cardiovascular, strength and fitness training.

Laura Alton, a Cooper Fitness Center professional fitness trainer and a certified kettlebell trainer, goes through the benefits and restrictions when using a kettlebell.

The kettlebell provides the following benefits for a full-body workout:

  • Develops hip thrust, a power generator for athletics.
  • Develops back resiliency.
  • Provides an off-set center of gravity improving shoulder strength and flexibility.
  • Provides strengthening for the multifidus muscle, attached to each side of the spinal cord.
  • It’s a complete handheld gym (one piece of steel, used in a small space, gives you cardio, power, strength and flexibility).

Before using a kettlebell, Laura suggests finding a professional skilled in kettlebell training to ensure proper form and technique.

Watch below as Laura shows us a few kettlebell demonstrations.

For more information about Cooper Fitness Center, please visit our website or call 972.233.4832.

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