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What is a kettlebell workout?

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Working out with a kettlebell, a type of weight that looks like a bowling ball with a handle, provides a unique weight training and cardio workout.

Hoisting the heavy metal bells not only helps strengthen your arms and pecs, but also works your core, heart and lungs. Kettlebells range from eight pounds to 100 pounds.

"The reason the kettlebell is so great is that there’s an offset center of gravity," explains Laura Alton, a certified trainer, physical therapist, and Russian kettlebells certified instructor at the Cooper Fitness Center in Dallas.

That means your body has to work harder to maintain balance. In so doing, you work many different muscle groups -- and get your heart rate up at the same time.

Working out with kettlebells also increases core stability, and typically involves a circuit that gets your heart pumping while it strengthens muscles. Once you are properly trained, you can workout at home on weights that you can buy for less than $100.

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Kettlebells are like weights with thick handles—were the weapon of choice for Russian lifters more than a century ago. They're just now getting their due in America. The weights offer all the benefits of dumbbell training, plus a few more. The super-thick handles challenge your grip, and the position of the weight in relation to the handle works your core extra hard.

Best of all, kettlebells are versatile. They're ideal for explosive exercises that work major muscles, burn body fat, and build power, but they also add a new dimension to classic moves like chest presses and flys. And you don't need a wall-length rack of them to get a great workout. One pair will suffice for this routine. Use them regularly and you'll see the body you've always wanted.

See some examples of Kettle Bell exercises at

http://fittube.tv/category/exercises/kettlebell

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