My dad ran marathons for years and I can barely run a mile. In fact, all cardiovascular training feels like torture in my opinion. I do really enjoy resistance training. Unfortunately, weight lifting really doesn’t burn a lot of calories. It does increase muscle mass. And the more muscle mass, the more calories you burn in the same duration of time. Overall, both types of training are very beneficial and are best in combination with each other.
If you’re like me and really don’t enjoy going on a run, hopping on a bike, the stair master, or any other forms of cardio but are looking to shed some more calories or just improve your health, give kettlebells workouts a try.
Kettlebell workouts can burn calories fast.
An American Council on Exercise (ACE) study found that the average person can burn 400 calories in just 20 minutes with a kettlebell. This equates to 20 calories a minute which is equivalent to running a six-minute mile. Kettlebell training can be great for weight loss but also for improving fitness level. This is because you are working your stabilizer muscles and muscle recruitment. Additionally, another ACE study found that kettlebell training was shown to increase aerobic capacity, improve dynamic balance, and dramatically increase core strength.
Personally, I don’t like to do just one thing for an extended period of time. The nice thing about kettlebells is there is so much you can do with them. As with any exercise, you will want to ensure your form is correct. Also note that the intensity of the workout will play a role in calories burned.
Kathryn Gentile is an exercise physiology student from Lancaster, PA who is pursuing her Master’s degree and also working towards becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator. She also recently received her CPT, certified personal training certificate.