I love trying new workouts, so when I heard about the 3-in-1 adjustable Kettlebell from Empower Fitness, I was eager to see what it was all about. This kettlebell has three weight options: The 5 pound base stacks with two other weights to move it up to 8 or 12 pounds. To scale the weight up or down, simply click and twist. Free weights are a staple for any home gym, and they’re great for those who don’t have a lot of space. I love that this kettlebell stacks, giving it several weight options in one compact unit. As soon as I received it, I began incorporating the kettlebell along with my dumbbells into some weight routines that I had been shown years previously by a personal trainer.
The kettlebell also comes with a DVD explaining form and best practices along with several workouts. Form is extremely important with any weight routine, and I think especially crucial to keep in mind with a kettlebell because of the necessity of correct hand placement, wrist movement, and swinging. It’s important to take your time and really get comfortable with it, and remember that any swinging should always be a controlled movement. The “Swing Yourself Fit Total Body Workout” explains these points and provides 3 different workout routines, along with a warm-up and cool-down.
These workouts range in length from 11 to 14 minutes, which makes it really conducive to home workouts: On those days when I’m crazy busy and don’t have time to do a full workout or get outside for a run, it’s easy to just skip working out altogether, but seeing how quick these routines are gives me the motivation to do it since I know it won’t take forever. And with my wedding coming up in a few short months, every single day counts!
Working out along with the DVD is also fun, since the workouts are new to me and use the kettlebell in a lot of creative ways. Although the routines are brief, they are impactful: The 11-minute routine had my heart rate going and could be felt in several muscle groups the next day! I think this is a versatile piece of fitness equipment since it’s adjustable in weight, has a wide range of workout options, and is small and easy to store. If you’re in a tiny apartment, you could even use it as a doorstop!
The Empower Fitness 3-in-1 Kettlebell retails for $39.99 and is available on EmpowerFitness.com.