I love powerlifts like squats and deadlifts. But when it comes to mobility and strength, kettlebells get it done it quickly. Here are 4 quick reasons to try kettlebells for strength and mobility (and then an introduction to steel mace training).

  1. It’s safe for the body. Warning: don’t pick one up and start swinging it around. Take a class or watch some Youtube videos. Start with light kettlebells. This isn’t supposed to be heavy lifting. These are functional movements that should come naturally with some practice. Take 3 minutes and watch this to get an idea for it: 7 basic kettlebell exercises in 3 minutes.
  2. It can be used for strength training and cardio.
    It builds muscle, but it can be a form of traditional cardio or HIIT/Tabata intensity training. Most weighted exercises are not safe for cardio repetition sets, but the kettlebells are. You can do high intensity for 1 minute, rest 30 seconds, and then go another 1 minute.
  3. Other people need you to be strong. Your wife and your children need a strong man. If you are sitting in a car or at a desk, you need a way to engage that posterior chain and build strength and flexibility. You need blood flow. If you can’t hit the gym, the bell is waiting. Every man has a free 5-10 minutes per day.
  4. It’s inexpensive and easily fits in your room or garage. Most expensive fitness machines take up space and end up not being used. A kettlebell can be easily stashed under your bed or desk and they are very inexpensive. Joy and I use this 30 pound kettlebell that we got from amazon.com.

Once you get into kettlebells, the next level is steel mace training. Take a look at this video to get an idea. It takes the idea of kettelbells and adds the element of a longer lever:

You can shop training maces here.

Leave us a comment and tell us about your experience with kettlebells…or training maces.