Kettlebells are a great tool to be used in a personal training sessions. Shaped like a cannonball, these little black free weights have a handle on top, are made from iron or moulded rubber and vary in weight and size.
Why use them
Kettlebells can be used as part of a training session to improve core strength, lean body mass and the mobility of the hips. They are harder to grip than other weights, meaning you have to use your whole body to control the weight, and they can be used for exercises all lover the body. What’s more, they are handy for personal trainers with clients who are afraid of traditional weights – they look far less intimidating than dumbbells and weight machines, and can be used in a variety of exercises.
How to use them
One of the trickiest is trying to convince a client that weight training is essential to losing body fat and toning up. For those with tricky clients, try kettlebells as an introduction to free weights – the exercises can be quite simple and the size is not too intimidating in a gym full of huge dumbbells.
There are countless kettlebell exercises you can try, but the easiest to get started is the kettlebell swing. Start standing with your feet shoulder width apart, gripping the kettlebell with both hands. Swing the kettlebell back between your legs, keeping the back straight, legs slightly bent and hips leaning forward. Pause and hold the abs in, then swing the kettlebell back to eye level in an explosive movement.
If you’re a client wanting to use kettlebells as part of your regime, our personal trainers will be able to show you how to use them safely.