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69 Kettlebell Exercises That Quickly Help You Get in Shape

69 Kettlebell Exercises That Quickly Help You Get in Shape

Kettlebell exercises are great for building muscles, strength and flexibility. Yet, when I go to the gym, I rarely see someone taking advantage of them. I know their weird shape looks confusing but don’t let that scare you. They are extremely easy to adapt to for anyone who is willing to give it a shot.

As much as I love writing, I believe when it comes to comes to exercise tutorials, a video demonstration works best. So, refer to the video below to learn about 69 kettlebell exercises that are beginner friendly and can quickly get you in shape.

A little advice: Remember to pay close attention to the forms. Doing the exercises wrong may lead to injuries. Also, don’t try to do them all in one day. Choose around 3–5 to add to your routine. Once you start to get comfortable with the change, feel free to add more.

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Every time I talk to someone about kettlebell exercises, more often than not, they ask the same question: What are the benefits of using kettlebells instead of dumbbells or doing standard weight lifting? My answers are:

1. Kettlebell Exercises are Calorie Burners

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    Based on a study done by ACE Fitness Matters, people burn an average of 20 calories per minute when they are using kettlebells the right way. Therefore, if you spend one hour at the gym performing the exercises in the video above, you will burn around 1,800 calories.

    2. Kettlebells Take Away the Need to Go to the Gym

    Believe it or not, many people are reluctant to go to the gym because they are embarrassed. They are afraid of working out in public due to the fear of being judged. If that sounds like you, then kettlebell exercises are perfect for you. Buying the few sets that you will need is a lot more cost efficient than having a gym membership for a year. They will give you the opportunity to workout privately at your most convenient time.

    3. Kettlebell Exercises Relieve Back Pain

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      Many of you who are already in your 30s are no stranger to the infamous back pain. I know getting the right massage can soothe the ache, but that’s a temporary solution. The most effective way to get rid of pain from that region is by strengthening your latissimus dorsi. By focusing on a few kettlebell exercises that target your back, you will slowly get rid of the pain as the days go by.

      4. Kettlebells Provide a Full Body Workout

      Any fitness expert will confirm that giving yourself a full body workout through compound exercises is the best way to get in shape. Kettlebell exercises were designed specifically for that. Every movement give you the ability to workout huge muscle groups all at once. Furthermore, they will make your ligaments stronger, hence reduce your chances of injuries.

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      5. Kettlebell Exercises are Enjoyable

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        Over the years, there have been countless times when I chose not to go to the gym because my routine was extremely dull. If you are anything like me, the idea that you will do the same thing over and over again is very discouraging. Ever since I have started doing kettlebell exercises, I am happy to say that gym boredom hasn’t been an issue.

        There are literally hundreds of different routines that can be performed with kettlebells. I have been doing something new every week for a little over a year and there are still plenty of exercises left for me to try.

        A little advice: Drastically changing your workout routine will cause you to experience muscle soreness for about a week. So, make sure to learn about a few sore muscles remedies before switching over to kettlebells.

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        Last Updated on September 20, 2018

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

        Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

        If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

        1. Breathe

        The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

        • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
        • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
        • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

        Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

        2. Loosen up

        After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

        Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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        3. Chew slowly

        Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

        Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

        Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

        4. Let go

        Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

        The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

        It’s not. Promise.

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        Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

        Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

        21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

        5. Enjoy the journey

        Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

        Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

        6. Look at the big picture

        The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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        Will this matter to me…

        • Next week?
        • Next month?
        • Next year?
        • In 10 years?

        Hint: No, it won’t.

        I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

        Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

        7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

        You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

        Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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        8. Practice patience every day

        Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

        • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
        • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
        • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

        Final thoughts

        Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

        Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

        Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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