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How the simple kettlebell works for your well being [Article]

Posted by Pascal Landshoeft

Nov 16, 2017 10:00:00 AM

How the simple kettlebell works for your well being

How the simple kettlebell works for your well being 

What worked for the Russians should also work for everyone else, as long as you bring the same amount of discipline to the table. A kettlebell is a tool often overlooked for well-being and yet is so simple and cheap. Enjoy the read. Fitness and strength do not have to be complex.

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Easy to learn, hard to master

The kettlebell is a very simple and elegant strength tool which has stood the test of times. It has been used for centuries to define strong Russian men and women and has been revived most recently. At the core of the kettlebell are the kettlebell swing and the Turkish get up. 
Both of these movements are simple to comprehend. For the kettlebell swing, it is pick up a kettlebell, swing it between your legs and catapult it forward as hard as you can. For the Turkish get-up lay on the ground. Stand up with only using one arm while keeping it straight with as much weight as you possibly can. Easy principles, but very hard to master.
You can spend a lifetime and more on perfecting the technique on these two simple movements and progress them into impressive feats of strength. If you can get up whilst holding your own body weight above your head with one arm you have achieved true mastery.
Strength usually helps with getting around. If you can improve your general strength by using the kettlebell you will be less challenged for moving around in everyday life, which helps with general well being.

Gym in a box 

Two to three kettlebells of various sizes is all you need to get a complete body workout. The variations are limitless and you get more out of this piece of equipment than a barbell or dumbbell if it is the only strength equipment you want to have at home. It can also be easily transported by car to other places if you want to work out somewhere. The only downside is that they are usually too heavy to brought anywhere by plane. 

An ancient tool

The kettlebell is not a fitness fad. It has been around for a long period and stood the test of time. If you are a history buff and like to connect with the past, this tool is just for you, No computerized gadgetry necessary.

Manly and elegant

The simplicity and brutality of the kettlebell is manly and elegant. You are more likely to find a post about kettlebells on the website of the "Art of Manliness" next to a proper explanation of how to shave with a razor than a TRX class. Even though you should not care about aesthetics, a kettlebell is a tool which separates the boys from the men in the gym. If you find a guy who is warming up with kettlebells to progress to the barbell it is very likely that he takes strength serious and you might want to observe and learn.

Strength and endurance

The kettlebell will give you both if you used correctly. What else is endurance then prolonged strength over a certain amount of time? The kettlebell can and will help you to form a better body.


The kettlebell helps your well-being by making you stronger and more enduring. It is a simple tool which will humble you and teach you respect from elements and rawness of nature itself. You will also reconnect with your most basic self when you struggle under a big kettlebell which is truly satisfying.

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