The kettlebell is a great piece of equipment to bump up your workout to the next level. It allows for a comfortable grip and a variety of dynamic exercises that can help you tone your muscles and develop full body strength through a wider range of motion.
Beginners should start with a five- to eight-pound kettlebell, and intermediates with a 10- to 15-pound option (personal trainer Eva Redpath, pictured, holds a 10-pound kettlebell). When you are able to get through a two-minute exercise without feeling challenged, it’s time to increase the weight. You should be able to use more weight for double-arm movements with the kettlebell than for single-arm movements such as the Single-Arm Push-Press. But don’t sacrifice form. If you begin to lose correct posture, it’s best to stop, readjust, then resume the exercise.
As always, check with your doctor before starting a workout plan.
Brent Bishop is owner of Think Fitness Studios in Toronto, and the regular fitness expert on CTV’s The Marilyn Denis Show.
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