GETTING THE GRIP OF KETTLEBELLS
Kettlebells are an amazing way to build strength, tone and shock your muscles into growth while improving power and explosiveness. Along with the help and support of our insanely funky G-Loves, we put together 4 of our favourite kettlebell exercises for the best workout results.
So what makes the kettlebell workout so effective, especially when compared with traditional weights like barbells or dumbbells? “You’re moving in different planes of movement,” says Laura Wilson, director of programming for KettleWorX. “Instead of just going up and down, you’re going to move side to side and in and out, so it’s much more functional. It’s like you move in real life: kettlebells simulate that movement, unlike a dumbbell.”
Why G-Loves are so effective for kettlebell training:
Versatile, comfy and supportive – they’re designed for weightlifting and strength training. Thick enough to protect, yet thin enough to make a mind/body connection so that you can focus on the task at hand.
Check out a few benefits of wearing G-Loves for kettlebell training:
- Gives users better grip which means you can perform increased reps and higher weight loads
- Gloves are fully adjustable for a custom fit
- Their open back design helps to keep your hands cool
- Material used in the glove’s design is tougher than the leather on the handles of kettlebells which results in better wear
- Easy to take on and off
- Gloves prevent the development of calluses which can occur when lifting heavy weights – no part of the bar chafes against your skin
- Strengthens and stabilizes your wrist as you train
- Very durable and can stand the test of time
- Hand washable to keep clean and fresh
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Our 4 Favourite Ketlebell exercises:
- Begin with your feet hip distance apart, both hands on the handle.
- Bend your knees and hinge from your hips to swing the kettlebell between your legs.
- Straighten your legs and swing the kettlebell to chin height. Repeat for 90 seconds, creating momentum in the swing. (Let your gluteals and hamstrings, not your shoulders, do the work.)
Forward Lunge with twist:
- Begin with the bell in both hands under your chest.
- In one motion, step your left leg forward into a lunge, twist to the left, and bring the kettlebell to your chest. As you step back, bring the bell to the starting position. Repeat for 30 seconds, then switch sides.
One-arm kettlebell row – on bench:
- Place a kettlebell in front of your feet. Bend your knees slightly and use a bench for balance. Push your butt out as much as possible as you bend over to get in the starting position.
- Grab the kettlebell and pull it to your stomach, retracting your shoulder blade and flexing the elbow. Keep your back straight. Lower and repeat.
Kettlebell high pulls:
- Place a kettlebell in between your feet.
- Maintain a flat back, bend down, and grab the handles.
- Ascend, raise the kettlebell up to your waist, and then pull it directly up in front of your face. Your elbows should stay high and reach eye height.
- Slowly lower the weight back down to the ground. Repeat.