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EXERCISE OF THE WEEK.

Kettlebell Training WHAT IS IT? Originating in Russia, the kettlebell has been used by strongmen and athletes throughout history. Kettlebell training has become a fast spreading phenomenon with athletes, sports teams, celebrities, personal trainers and everyday gym goers all experiencing highly effective results. The kettlebell seems to have been the best-kept secret for those looking to achieve a fit, strong and lean body shape.

BENEFITS: The kettlebell is a weight looking a bit like a cannonball with a handle, used to perform exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility. Unlike traditional dumbbells, the kettlebell's centre of mass is extended beyond the hand which allows for a wide variety of ballistic and swinging movements.

By their nature, kettlebell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength. The muscles are also worked in nearly all exercises. The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, achieving a total body workout.

People love it because it's challenging, efficient and you only need one piece of equipment.

Jonathan Hooper, a personal trainer based in Cardiff, said: "I have taught kettlebell classes to clients including golfers, teachers, police officers, mums, office workers, students, rugby players and triathletes. All my regular clients report increased cardiovascular fitness, increased strength and lean muscle and decreased body fat."

CALORIE COUNT: A person weighing 180lbs could burn around 1,000 calories per hour during kettlebell training.

WHERE CAN I GO? If you're interested in getting started with kettlebell training, it's best to take a class or get guidance from an experienced instructor. Contact your local leisure centre for classes or look for a personal trainer.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jan 15, 2011
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