Friday, April 12, 2013

#AtoZchallenge - Kettlebells are not for Klutzes

When Jes and I met, she was a diehard Kettlebell addict. That's why it's so surprising that I've never even touched one. Together, we've done just about every type of workout possible. Even though running makes my brain hurt and lifting weights makes her want to throw things at me (weights included), we have still supported each other this way. How I managed to get out of her crazy Kettlebell exercises, I'll never know.

Kettlebells sort of scare me. Every time I watch a video of someone hefting one of those things through the air, I cringe.

Kettlebells are not for klutzes. Right? I mean, surely, the first time I try to fling a Kettlebell over my head I'm going to somehow manage to hit myself solidly in the face (trust me, my coordination issues are massively impressive) or launch it through the air, sending it hurling through a wall or window.

So forgive me if I'm skeptical, Kettlebell lovers of the universe. I really do want to try this exercise phenomenon, but I'm trying to make the world a safer place by not randomly injuring strangers that are unfortunate enough to be in my throwing range.

I have to say, though, after reading up about the reasons for implementing Kettlebells into your workout regimen, I'm a little more intrigued. Besides the functional strength benefits, one great side effect of using Kettlebells is improved mindfulness. Staying in the moment is a practice I am continually working on, and I can see how the stamina, strength, and purposeful movements involved in Kettlebell workouts could increase my daily ability to live a more mindful life.

So maybe it's time I ask Jes to dust off those Kettlebells I remember from when we first met, and give it a go. As long as she's standing a safe distance away, that is.

What do you think? Are you a Kettlebell advocate? I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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