Kettlebells are one of our home gym essentials because, in a single piece of equipment, you can work your cardio, improve your strength and boost flexibility. Learn more about why kettlebells are so awesome for building a lean, toned body and why you should incorporate kettlebell training into your routine.
It Burns Some MAJOR Calories
One of the reasons kettlebells are so loved is for their ability to seriously incinerate some major calories. If you’ve ever tried swinging one around, you know it can get your heart rate up quick. In fact, The American Council on Exercise (ACE) reports that you can burn 400 calories in a 20-minute kettlebell workout, which is the equivalent of 20 calories per minute or running a 6-minute mile!
The only thing we love more than doing kettlebells or Pilates on its own is a badass workout that fuses the two for even better body-sculpting results. Why do just one workout when you can get the benefits of a two-in-one sweat sesh? Because while swinging a kettlebell does have its benefits, building those moves into specific workout structures can bring you even closer to your body goals, whether that’s building muscle or sporting a chiseled long lean Pilates body.
To help (because, hey, it’s not like we all have degrees in sports science), I reached out to some of my fitness god friends to create three unique workouts using just seven kettlebellexercises. Stick with the plans below, alternating workouts three to four times a week, for the next three weeks, and you’ll sculpt a fierce long lean Pilates Body look with the muscular strength to back it up—just in case anyone decides to challenge you! Shout out to Track & Field for the awesome outfits featured in this article and The Beyond Studios videos!