The kettlebell is a very unique type of free weight. A kettlebell is essentially a cast iron or cast steel ball that has durable grippy handle welded or attached to the top. The weight of the kettlebell is distributed completely differently than the traditional dumbbell and barbell.
Kettlebells are predominantly used to perform ballistic and explosive power movements which train and improve athletes’ cardiovascular health, muscle size and strength, and overall mobility. The kettlebell is unique as it provides athletes with the opportunity to perform swing movements. The staple kettlebell exercises include the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk. These movements train the entire body at once which makes kettlebell workouts ideal for individuals who are short on time.