Thursday, October 11, 2007
Kettlebell Move of the Week
As you may or may not know...I LOVE MY KETTLEBELL! I suggest that you should get one and learn to love it too. The ballistic movements allow you to use so many muscles with each exercise and in turn you to gain strength, muscle and burn fat.
Each week Estella Hom will take us through different kettlebell exercises for those of us who are lucky to have them or a gym that stocks them. You can also get more fitness and general information at Estella's great blog - http://estellahom.blogspot.com/
The classic push up gets reworked. This move will work your upper body and challenge your balance.
Strengthens:chest, shoulders, triceps
Instructions: Placing your hands on the handle of your kettlebell, keeping arms straight, elbows unlocked. Straighten your legs behind you, keeping your feet together so that your toes are touching the ground. Your body should form a straight line. Make sure your head is facing down. Without moving your head, slowly lower yourself to the kettlebell. Pause, then slowly push yourself back up and repeat for as many repetitions as possible
* For added challenge, perform this move slow, focusing on good form. The slower you move, the more effort you'll place on the muscles you're looking to strengthen and shape.