Ahh, the eternal fitness question: how do I get six pack abs?
You’ve probably heard that kettlebell training is good for your core, and it’s true. (FYI, your core is not just your abs – the core encompasses all of the muscles that stabilize your spine.)
Since you are training the entire body as one and requiring your core muscles to stabilize for you throughout, lifting kettlebells is a great way to train your core. I wouldn’t say it’s the ONLY thing you should do to train your core, however.
The muscles that stabilize the spine should ideally be trained in all different planes of movement (i.e. sagittal, frontal, and transverse), which means you should add rotational and lateral movements into your repertoire. Additionally, crawling exercises are crucial for core health, and can be practiced at any fitness level.
So will kettlebell training give you a six pack? I think you all know the answer to that question… abs are made in the kitchen. Your level of leanness (plus genetic factors) is the biggest factor in determining whether or not the rectus abdominis will be visible. However, I believe function is so much more important than aesthetics – and in terms of a functioning core, kettlebells are a great tool to help you get there!
Try out today’s “Hard Core Kettlebell Workout” and let me know what you think!
One of the things that made me fall in love with Kettlebell Sport training was the fact that it was the most difficult type of workout I had ever done. If you know me, you know I like a challenge, and this challenged me like nothing else. Not just technically, but physically and mentally as well.
As a runner who thought she had pretty good cardio to begin with, I was shocked by how much training to last 10 minutes under a kettlebell improved my cardiovascular fitness. As someone who already trained with weights, I was pleasantly surprised to find how much my strength increased from lifting kettlebells for endurance. Continue reading →
Build your glutes (aka your Kettlebooty) with the following 20 exercises:
1) Cursty lunge
2) Suitcase deadlift
3) Single leg deadlift
4) Power swing
5) Goblet squat
6) Skater jump
7) Overhead reverse lunge
8) Jump squat
9) Hip lift with chest press lockout
10) Hip lift & tap
11) Double clean
12) Split squat
13) Single arm swing
14) Front squat to lunge
15) Good morning
16) Loaded box jump
17) Side lunge
18) Hand to hand swing
19) Side plank leg lift
20) Squat swing
The beauty of kettlebell training is that it can be used effectively for strength and power work, but also for endurance and cardiovascular training. Watch someone grind through a heavy kettlebell press and there’s no denying you can build strength. Give someone a kettlebell to swing for more than a minute, and there’s no way their cardiovascular endurance won’t be tested!
Here is today’s workout, which incorporates both slow strength work and a fast finisher. Enjoy!
Portability of the kettlebell is a useful tool – and allows you to incorporate all kinds of fun carries into your training! Carries are great for building isometric strength and stability, as well as grip and cardiovascular endurance.
The kettlebells don’t even need to be crazy heavy for the carries to take effect, especially in the workout I’ve created for you today. You’ll be incorporating swings, presses, snatches, and squats in between each carry, so even hanging onto light kettlebells will be a “wonderful” challenge! 😉
Sometimes you just want to get your butt kicked in a workout and sweat a lot without overcomplicating things. Get that endorphin rush and then move on with your day. That’s what this week’s workout is all about: fast-paced intervals with simple movements that will leave you breathless and sweaty when you’re finished. And there’s less than 30 minutes of work required to complete the workout!