You may have seen kettlebells at your gym and wondered what all the fuss was about. Or maybe you’re familiar with kettlebells but don’t really know what the benefits of using them are. Kettlebell swings are great for building strength, stretching your hips, burning a ton of calories and building that butt! Let’s break down all the reasons why you should add kettlebell swings to your workout routine.
Build Strength with Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebell swings can activate the entire posterior chain of muscles. These series of large muscles runs from your neck to your heels on the back of your body, including upper- and lower-body muscles. The main muscle group worked during kettlebell swings is the glutes, which is why this exercise is often touted as a way to “build a better butt.” But it’s not just your rear end that gets a workout—your quads, hamstrings, lats, traps, shoulders and core all benefit from this move as well. And because you’re using such a wide range of motion and working so many muscles at once, kettlebell swings are also great for calorie burning—a single set of 10 reps can burn up to 20 calories.
If you’re new to Kettlebell Swings
Start with a weight that’s challenging but still lets you maintain good form and perform 2–3 sets of 10 reps just twice a week. As you get stronger and more comfortable with the move, you can increase the weight and frequency of your workouts. Before you know it, you’ll be reaping all the benefits that kettlebell swings have to offer!
Kettlebell swings offer a whole host of benefits for your mind and body. They build strength, improve flexibility, burn calories and can even help “build a better butt.” If you’re new to kettlebell swings, start with a light weight and perform 2–3 sets of 10 reps just twice a week. As you get stronger, you can increase the weight and frequency of your workouts. Soon enough, you’ll be reaping all the benefits that kettlebell swings have to offer!