To introduce you to the benefits of training with kettlebells, we are offering a week of BFF (Best Friends & Family) Introductory Classes. Bring a friend or family member and the class is FREE! These classes will be held the week of February 7th - 12th. Contact the office for more detailed information on times and locations. And, our next 4-Week Kettlebell Training Session begins on February 14th. Sign up NOW to ensure you have a spot!
Kettlebells have been around for quite a while, but they have just fairly recently received a huge upswing (pun intended) in interest and popularity.
For those that don’t already know, a kettlebell is (as you can see in the picture) a weight that looks somewhat like a cannonball with a handle attached. Unlike traditional dumbbells, the kettlebell's center of mass is extended beyond the hand. This allows for swing movements not possible with traditional dumbbells and, because more muscle groups are utilized in the swinging and movement of a kettlebell (than during the lifting of dumbbells), a kettlebell workout is said to be more effective, and can yield better results in less time.
I believe that, in addition to giving you incredible muscle endurance, when combined with a proper nutrition plan, a kettlebell workout will rapidly melt any excess fat that you may have! The kettlebell training we provide involves compound exercises, that work multiple muscle groups simultaneously, and seeks to integrate your breathing, movement and alignment along with your ability to control and balance the weight. You are not isolating parts of the body the way you do with traditional weight-training workouts. A swing or snatch is pretty much a full body exercise, distributing the load over a wide range, from your feet all the way to your hands. Of course, some parts of the body are worked more than others and, consequently, you develop core strength, muscular endurance and increased cardio capability all at the same time!
Corissa (one of our "A Team of Trainers") and I took the training to be certified instructors for pro-grade kettlebells (that's us in the top picture performing an intermediate level move) and I am really excited to offer this training option to our clients. I believe that kettlebell training really is a fun, safe way to get in shape and stay in shape! For the women, kettlebell swings will get your legs and glutes looking better than they ever have and kettlebell presses will give you a sculpted body with movements that are similar to yoga but with the added benefits of resistance training. For the men, a kettlebell training program is one of the best fitness regimes to build functional strength, stamina and explosiveness that are ideal for all sports.
We vigilantly ensure that all Alter Ego Fitness participants employ proper, safe techniques, when working with the kettlebells and, to ensure more effective monitoring of proper use and form, our classes are kept small. I'm confident that almost everyone – from beginners to fit athletes – will see the positive benefits and results of a kettlebell workout. You really should try them out as part of your exercise routine!