Dumbbell training can be greatly improved by applying kettlebell program design. Dumbbells are one of the most effective pieces of equipment in your physical training toolbox. Unfortunately, most men and women don’t use dumbbells to their full potential, and miss out on the true muscle building, fat burning and fitness improving benefits. Ironically, the rise in popularity of kettlebell training has provided the means for resurrecting dumbbell exercise.
For those of you who don’t know, a kettlebell is basically a cast iron ball with a handle. They have been used by Russians and strongmen across the world for centuries for effective physical training. There is no doubt in my mind, this barbaric tool is brutally effective.
But, the greatest contribution of training with kettlebells is not its shape. You see, kettlebells are not adjustable. They are a solid mass of unchanging weight. (Obviously, you can get kettlebells in different weights, but workout can be conducted with one kettlebell and one weight.) This seems to go against popular exercise programs that change weights according to the muscle group they are training.
So, can you really get a great workout with only one weight? Absolutely!
Using only one weight, people training with kettlebells are forced to use their imagination and ingenuity to create workout programs to improve the entire body. (This is similar to the challenge facing bodyweight calisthenics, where the weight of your body stays the same.) And, the results are spectacular. Using only one weight and one kettlebell you CAN simultaneously improve all-around fitness, build a strong, athletic body and burn off ugly, unwanted fat.
But as much as I love kettlebell training, I’m here today to talk about improving your dumbbell training. The fact is, most people don’t have access to kettlebells, but DO have access to dumbbells. So, why not use the effective workout methods designed for kettlebells with dumbbells?
You see, the effectiveness of kettlebell training proves that the commonly help belief that you need a room full of equipment and a large quantity of different weights to create your best performance body. So, using the same methods of kettlebell training with dumbbells, you can get a great full body workout that improves muscular strength, power and endurance while SIMULTANEOUSLY boosting cardiorespiratory endurance and burning large quantities of fat.
So, here is what I suggest.
Stop thinking of you body as a combination of specific muscles. This is what bodybuilders do. They split the body into different muscles and try to target the muscles for maximum muscle growth. But I want you to start thinking of the body as a whole. And to train the body as a whole you need to use compound exercises than use as many muscles as possible to complete the exercise.
You see, fitness has nothing to do with muscle size. Fitness is a combination of cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, power, flexibility, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy and toughness. And using only one dumbbell, of one weight, you can target all these physical abilities and create a performance body that not only performs great, but that looks great as well!
The effectiveness of kettlebell training is a mind opening experience. “Traditional” methods of using different weights to target different muscles are thrown out the window. Applied to dumbbells, kettlebell program design builds fit, lean, strong, athletic bodies.
Isn’t it time you go the most out of your dumbbell training by applying kettlebell program design?