I got a present from my Big Bro, and it wasn’t even my birthday. It is a scientifically proven fact that when he gives me something without any specific occasion, he doesn’t need it and he is looking for a sucker to take it in. How thoughtful of him!
Family matters aside the question still remained – what was I going to do with an eight-kilo kettlebell? I could barely lift it with both hands! It just stood under the stairs and mocked me and my weedy arms.
There’s no denying – I am no Schwarzenegger. Weight lifting is certainly not my cup of tea. But it wouldn’t kill me to work on my muscle power. Or would it? However, if my brother dares to suggest I am a weakling I will prove him wrong! I will show him what I am capable of!
I like to challenge myself and do new things. So I watched some kettlebell video workouts and started my training straight away. It was very short, though. After five minutes of struggling with this heavy bugger I gave up. One minute more and my spine would give up. I lied on the carpet panting for breath and wiping the sweat away. If anything else, this exercise showed how much I needed to work on my strength and proved how weak my arms were.
But the advantages of swinging and lifting kettlebell were so numerous that I was reluctant to give up:
- it helps burn body fat quicker
- it makes core and back stronger
- it strengthens the whole body without increasing muscle bulk
- it improves mobility and range of motion
- it saves time and money – the whole workout can be done with just one piece of equipment
- it can be used everywhere – even in the privacy of your own house
- it is a full-body workout
I ordered a 4-kg kettlebell online and it was a bull’s eye. The weight was perfect for me – not too light and not too heavy. And my back didn’t hurt after the workout. In time I am going to move to heavier kettlebells but now a 4-kg is sufficient for my needs.
I train with kettlebell 2 – 3 times a week and that’s enough for me. I think it’s better not to go overboard with intensive exercises. I do not aim at becoming a muscle woman, I just want to strengthen and shape my body a bit. Training with kettlebell will certainly help me to achieve my goal.