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Kettlebell exercises are a great combination of strength training and calorie burning that’ll keep all your muscle groups conditioned and help prevent osteoporosis, too. Why? Kettlebell exercises require different muscle groups to coordinate whenever you do a move, which means multiple toning, fat-burning benefits in less time. A single swing might engage your abs, legs, arms, and glutes at the same time.
Ready to give it a try? Here’s a simple exercise that will get you conditioned fast:
The Kettlebell Swing
Using the momentum generated from your hips and thighs protects your back, firms your butt and thighs, and works your abs, too. Slowly lower the ball while maintaining control to give your arms a nice workout as well.
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When you’re putting together a gym in your garage, you don’t need a ton of equipment or bulky machines. With a little organization and forethought, you’ll have everything you need to do the day's workout and enough space to park a Ford Explorer, too.
Here’s a list of basics that allows you to do any workout sequence without needlessly junking up your garage:
Got your necessities? Great—now all you need is the right setup. The rower and barbell may seem like a challenge, but remember: both of them can be stored vertically. Whether you choose hooks, shelves, or simply leaning them against the back wall, the amount of space they take up is negligible.
Next, you’ll want storage for balls, ropes, and mats to keep them within reach but neatly organized. This is when you can get sly and just turn your plyo box over to make it a convenient equipment bin.
Your kettlebells and weight plates are too heavy duty for a regular storage container, so you’ll want a rack. Rolling racks are great if you just want to stack and go, but make sure there are brakes on the wheels so the entire unit isn’t rolling around your garage (or into you).
Kettlebell workouts seem pretty straightforward, but as with any exercise — and especially those involving weights or functional movement—technique is extremely important to avoid injury. So how can you perform a kettlebell single arm snatch routine to get fit without getting hurt?
Here are five tips to ensure you’re doing kettlebell exercises the right way (and if you need a visual reference, here’s a great video to check out):