Kettlebells vs. Dumbbells: Which is Right for You?

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Kettlebells and dumbbells are both great ways to build strength and tone up. Understanding what you want to accomplish and what your style of training is will determine which of the two is right for you.

Strength training for young athletes often involves weight training of some sort. Lifestyle and weight management consultants like the use of kettlebells and dumbbells for the ease of getting the job done in a short amount of time. Weight training does not take as long as cardio workouts to get a great workout in. You can always increase the weight or number of repetitions to challenge yourself further.

Dumbbells have a very controlled motion that utilizes a lot of your core muscles to stabilize and not be jerky with the movements. It builds strength and tones up your body. A strength fitness specialist can help you with biomechanical exercises to get the most out of your workout by using good form. If you perform the exercise the right way, it doesn’t take many reps to target those specific muscles with positive results. Weight training for kids needs to be approved by a doctor before starting them on a strength training plan. Having younger kids perform extended number of reps with heavy weights can put a strain on their growing joints and bones.

Kettlebells are used more in a swing or pendulum motion and rely more on controlling momentum. The power comes from the hips, not the upper body. Kettlebells are different from dumbbells because they are able to provide a great cardio workout as well by elevating your heart rate during movements.   Kettlebells can provide a better all body workout since it targets both the anaerobic and aerobic fitness moves.

Both Kettlebells and dumbbells can give you that muscle burn you enjoy after a great strength training workout. Many trainers will incorporate both the kettlebells and dumbbells into their routines. Many of the moves can also be used with both types of equipment. The swing is more specific to the Kettlebells than dumbbells because of the unique placement of the handle. Many local health clubs will offer resistance training group classes. These are a great way to introduce yourself to the kettlebells or dumbbells to try something new.

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