Monday, April 23, 2012

Making Mondays Motivational: Kettlebells

I don't know about y'all, but Monday morning came way to soon. After a simply gorgeous and productive weekend, going into the office wasn't really on my list of things to do...and yet I'm here. Whatever pays the bills I suppose. Oh well, it's going to be another beautiful day and I don't have too many things on my plate, so that's the bright side.

Well let's just get down to it! Today I've got some awesome kettlebell exercises that will help you tone your entire body! After my Friday workout, my hamstrings and shoulders were killing me...in the best way possible of course!

Last Week's Workouts
Monday: Golfing in Nawlins
Tuesday: 4.5 mile run (8:24 pace)
Wednesday: 3.5 mile run (9:08 pace)
Thursday: OFF
Friday: Kettlebell workout
Saturday: 3 mile walk/jog with Maggie
Sunday: 10K or 6.2 miles (8:24 pace!!!)

What is a kettlebell?
A kettlebell is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. (Thanks Wikipedia...learn more!)






Why I love kettlebells...
While running is my passion, I truly enjoy weight training. Experts often encourage runners to cross train and weight train. It helps to improve your strength {obviously}, tone your muscles and improve your overall physical performance. Kettlebells offer an overall toning workout for your body. Exercises focus on multiple muscle groups and are far from boring! You can find a kettlebell at Target, Wal-mart or your local sporting goods store {Academy, Dick's, Sports Authority, etc.}.


Kettlebell exercises:
Kettlebell Squats {aka Kettlebell Swings}
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Clean Push Press
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Side Step Single Arm Curl
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Upright Row
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Windmill {aka Twist}
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You can also do many of the exercises you would do with regular hand weights:
- Bicep curls
- Shoulder press
- Lateral raises
- Rows {Side and Upright}
- Abs {Hold kettlebell while performing exercises}
- Lunges


Here are a few other exercises via Pinterest!




Have you ever used a kettlebell before? Are you interested in tying it out now? I highly recommend it! Just as an FYI - I use a 15 pound kettlebell and I also have a 5 pound. I think that 10-15 lb is ideal for a woman looking to tone up. Let me know if you have any questions about kettlebells or if you want a workout suggestion! I've got a few tricks up my sleeve!

{Side Note} I have a super awesome surprise in store for tomorrow, so don't forget to come back!!! 

Now get to it! Happy Monday, let's start the week out right!
Until next time...
With love and God bless,

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