A Letter to Kettlebells

Hey guys! Marissa from Barefoot Colorado here! It’s no secret that I have been incorporating kettlebells in a ton of my workouts lately! I’ve become obsessed. I’m here to share with you a (slightly embarrassing) but awesome ode to the wonders that are kettlebells. Exercise equipment that incorporates cardio, strength training AND is fun? COUNT ME IN!

Dear Kettlebells,

Although we have only been seeing each other for a few months, I must confess I am starting to love you more than the dumbbells. No hard feelings, guys.

Kettlebells, you are so funny looking, with your weighted ball and big handle. You are a toy for the big kids.

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Speaking of big kids, everyone from fitness newbies to Olympians to my mom (who has no idea what you are–don’t worry we’ll work on her!) can use your various sizes. You don’t discriminate, Kettlebells.

I’m glad now cardio and strength training can stop fighting over my attention. Thanks for making both my heart and my muscles happy so I don’t have to choose between them. They’re quite whiney.

You have such a knack for time, dear kettlebells. I can get a great workout in 20 minutes or less (like the one below!) with your intense moves. That means I can have more time to watch The Walking Dead do homework and clean the house. Ha yeah right. We all know I’m going to watch The Walking Dead and eat yogurt bowls in my bed.

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No body part ever feels left out when I train with you. Some of my muscles feel like they are picked last for the team when I use traditional dumb bells (I told you my body is whiney!), but you are an equal opportunity exercise. You cheeseballs, you.

Functional training is where it’s at, and you provide just that little kettlebells. You provide me with the tools to benefit and strengthen the movements I perform in day-to-day life.

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I don’t have to hop on one foot either. Your workouts provide enough core stability and balance work. Thanks for sparing me the embarrassment of the flamingo hop.

Honestly, thanks for being you, kettlebells. You had some fun to my fitness routine when the dreadmill is boring me to tears.

I hope we can continue to see each other a couple times a week… as long as you don’t tell my running shoes. 🙂

Love Always,

Marissa

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Comments

  1. I have to admit I really want to use kettlebells but I totally have no idea what to do with them! (Well that and I’m worried I’m going to swing one and it’s going to go flying out of my hands!)

    Maybe I’ll search for some online videos and try to learn what each of those exercises you listed are!

  2. I have wanted to try kettle balls for awhile but honestly had no clue where to start! There are several in the gym I use but I have never seen anyone use them- they just sit there all lonely! Ill have to do some research and take a whack at em.

    • Youtube kettlebell swings! They are my absolute favorite. You can also use them just as you would with dumbbells–squats, lunges, rows etc.

      They are super addicting once you try them! I highly recommend it:)

  3. Hah! Love this!

    I have picked up a few kettle bells at a store once, and I think that’s where my relationship with them ends. I’d be all up for giving them a try, though!

  4. I just received some kettlebells for Christmas and love incorporating them into my workouts! I can’t wait to try this out. This whole post made me laugh! loved it!

  5. Kettlebells are pretty cool! Nice article Marissa 🙂

    Some trivia – Kettlebell Sport (or GS, short for Girevoy Sport) is also fun and the athlete who plays it is a Girevik.

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