Women hoist kettlebells for strength and shapeliness

Mon Oct 29, 2012 9:38am EDT
 
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By Dorene Internicola

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Kettlebells, classically a training tool of Russian strongmen, has become a go-to group fitness workout for women in pursuit of strong and sexy bodies, according to fitness experts.

Lorna Kleidman, a world champion in kettlebell competition, said a modern kettlebell workout effectively combines cardiovascular, resistance and range-of-motion training, all in one hour.

"It's all in the swing," said Kleidman, who teaches kettlebell classes at the Fitness Cell Collective in New York City, where women constitute up to 70 percent of her students.

"You can lift the kettlebell as if it were a dumbbell," she added. "But to get the most out of it you need to use it in circular, swinging movement."

Essentially cast-iron, handled balls, the modern kettlebell became a fitness tool when Russian weight lifters took to lifting market counterweights for strength training.

Kleidman said the idea dates back to ancient Greece, where athletes trained by lifting stones with holes in them.

She believes the appeal for women is obvious.

"Kettlebell training keeps lean muscle, burns fat, and gives you a nice round butt you're not going to get with yoga."   Continued...