When you enter the Fhitting Room studios, you are greeted with bursts of green, rows of colorful kettlebells, shelves stacked with dumbbells, sweat inducing cardio machines like rowers and ski ergs, suspension training straps, and other cues that tell your body ‘WAKE UP’. You know that our program delivers killer full-body high intensity training using all the equipment in our studios, but what you may not realize is that the kettlebell is one of our most lethal weapons.
If you’ve never heard of a kettlebell, imagine a cast-iron weight that resembles a cannonball with a handle. The kettlebell is used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. The basic movements are inherently holistic, working several muscles simultaneously and engaging the entire body at once in a way that mimics real world activities, which makes the kettlebell a ridiculously effective fat burner and muscle builder. The kettlebell is not only one of our most treasured tools, but it is also our brand mark symbolizing more things we love: energy, movement and fun.
The kettlebell is a core component to The Fhitting Room’s brand and program because the benefits of kettlebell training are limitless and prove to far outshine the effects of stationary machines found in gyms. This versatile tool can actually replace almost every piece of equipment. We sat down with our head instructor a.k.a. El Capitán, Eric Salvador, who gave us the low down on why kettlebell training is so effective.
“The dynamic nature of the kettlebell combines both strength and cardio properties. A kettlebell workout increases endurance, ignites rapid fat loss, builds muscular strength without added bulk, increases core stability, leads to a stronger back, enhances flexibility, and delivers results in half the time you would spend at the gym.”
Why I use kettlebells:
1. Kettlebells build stability. Unlike dumbbells – which have symmetrical mass on each side of the weight – kettlebells have an off-center mass below their handle, challenging your stabilizer muscles, coordination and motor control. Kettlebell exercises uncover and fix misalignments, irregularities, and weaknesses in the body, relieving you of muscle stiffness and joint pain.
2. The biggest benefit of implementing kettlebells into your workouts is that all of the exercises are essentially totally body exercises, meaning total body strengthening and conditioning.
3. Kettlebells take up very little floor space but can be utilized in a variety of different exercises.
4. Kettlebells are used for dynamic speed and power movements that develop a special quality known as power-endurance. Power-endurance is your ability to produce movements and sustain fast muscular contractions over an extended period of time. That means major calorie burning. I love incorporating classic kettlebell moves like swings, cleans and snatches.
Kettlebells bridge the gap between strength training and cardio. By combining aerobic and anaerobic, movements, you’re building muscle, increasing power, improving endurance and getting lean all at once.
The Fhitting Room integrates unexpected equipment for functional full body movements. We don’t flock to the traditional treadmill and familiar “muscle-isolating” machines. We focus on efficient exercises you may not do on your own. Switching up your standard workout routine will challenge your muscles in new ways and help you break through fitness plateaus, leading to better results and newfound motivation. So if you catch yourself on the elliptical for hours on end or doing crunches until your neck gives out, we’re here to intervene!