Fitness Expert Lorna Kleidman Says Kettlebells are a Great Asset for a Dynamic Workout

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Kettlebell advocate Lorna Kleidman responds to an article describing positive feedback from kettlebell users.

On February 18, 2013, kettlebell champion Lorna Kleidman comments on the benefits of incorporating kettlebells in your exercise routine.

A recent article in the Dayton Daily News describes the positive response coming from kettlebell enthusiasts. Kettlebells, the cannonball-shaped free weights that have a variety of applications in any workout routine, have been increasing in popularity in the exercise community.

“Russian strongmen hoisted them effortlessly as far back as the 1700s, and they have been used for decades to train Soviet special-forces units, but you don’t have to be a body builder or an elite soldier to reap the benefits of kettlebells,” says the article.

People who have added kettlebell exercises to their routines typically praise the results. One woman quoted in the article has tried many of the fitness trends that have come and gone, from traditional gyms to working with a personal trainer and attending aerobics and Jazzercise classes, but claims that “kettlebells have led to greater results than anything else she has tried,” including toned arms and a “trimmed down muffin top.” She was also told, after a recent bone scan, that she has “great bones.”

Research has found that people doing kettlebell exercises “burned approximately 20 calories per minute or 1,200 calories per hour,” says the article. The author stresses that while kettlebells are unquestionably effective, newcomers should realize that they are somewhat of a specialty. “It is one of the most effective forms of fitness, but it is really important that people learn to do it the right way,” she says.

Lorna Kleidman responds to the article, agreeing that using kettlebells is an acquired skill, but one with incredible benefits. “With kettlebells, the key is in how you use them.” While the kettlebells may appear to only engage the arms, nothing could be further from the truth, says Kleidman. “It’s definitely not just about the upper body! The secret to kettlebell exercises is that they require engagement of your entire body- glutes, legs, core, spinal muscles, activating several muscle groups simultaneously.” Kleidman adds that once first-timers have got the technique down, kettlebell exercises represent a great long-term approach to toning up without bulking up: “We use kettlebells as the key component in a progressive system that always provides something new to keep you engaged and challenged.”

Lorna Kleidman is a Three-Time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.


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