Kettle bells are one of the best exercises to incorporate into your workouts. This functional cardio allows you to work your upper body as well as your legs at the same time, all the while increasing your heart rate. Don’t underestimate the power of this little piece of equipment.
Make sure that someone with kettle bell knowledge shows you how to swing these effectively – you don’t want to run the risk of injury from incorrect posture. I can give you a couple of tips to ensure maximum effectiveness though (please note that these are not points on teaching you how to swing, but rather how to gain the most out of your swing)
1. When you swing, remember to breath. As you swing up, breath out. Feel your core pulling tight as you breath out.
2. Use your hips to thrust the weight forward (not your arms) and then squeeze your butt tight before bring the kettle bell back.
3. Feel the pull in your hamstrings when you bring the kettle bell back between your legs. If you feel this pull, you know you’re working them and your posture is correct.