Living Fit Mommy: The Kettlebell is Your Friend

I have kettlebells in my home gym, but I don’t use them much. It’s more a preference thing for me, but they do serve a purpose for both strength and cardio endurance training.

True Confession: I have a set of  kettlebells, but I don’t use them much.

They’re awkward to hold, not much fun to use, and their design always leaves me wondering what the hell whoever designed them was thinking when they made these tea kettle-shaped contraptions.

However, I have been trying to find more ways to incorporate them, at least into my cardio routines—I still prefer dumbbells and barbells over kettlebells as far as strength training is concerned—and it’s been interesting to find all of the various movements I’ve missed out on by kicking my kettles to the curb so often.

That said, here are a few easy moves to get you started (yes, I’m being sarcastic, that “dip-kick” is brutal), if you’ve been less than nice to your own kettlebell set lately, and if/when you’re ready to step your game up, try the workout below on for size—fun, fun, fun.

Side note about the video: I’m not fond of her form on the “Kettlebell Swing”, I think she needs to get a bit lower  in the hips and really make the quads and butt work, but that doesn’t negate the fact that this is a very challenging workout—particularly if you’re new to the HIIT game.

Give it a try.

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