So, last week my Motivation Monday goal was to shadowbox for weight loss as an add-on to my Pilates routine. I am sorry to say I didn’t follow through with this, but I am happy to report that it is because I went ahead and skipped the amp-up of shadowboxing and started my Kettlebell swing routine up again one weekday evening while Amanda and I were hammering out goals on Facebook. I got up, pulled out my bell, did a cycle of swings and repeated as desired.
It felt incredible.
If you have never used a Kettlebell, you should definitely take a class — you will be so surprised at the way even a simple seeming movement like the Kettlebell swing can leave your back, arms, core, and thighs simultaneously begging you for mercy and a repeat performance the next day (don’t give in, by the way, your muscles need rest!) while torching fat and building lean body mass. I really love the bell for the power it helps me tune into. If you view the Kettlebell swing in motion, you may think it is a straight arm and upper back motion and lift, but the power that generates the swing actually comes your hips. Between the activation of your larger muscles coupled with the accelerated heart rate the effort of wielding a kettlebell causes, it really feels like a great run or cycle on the elliptical by the time you are done. I highly recommend it! [Read more…]