This piece first appeared on Women’s Running.
Kettlebells can be intimidating. They look heavy and the exercises are odd. But here’s a little secret—they’re actually easier to lift than dumbbells and work multiple muscles at once.
Kettlebells have gained popularity over the years and for good reason: They are effective and efficient. You can burn up to 20 calories per minute. So a 20-minute workout could be a 400-calorie scorcher while challenging multiple muscles at once, especially your core.
Ryan Cotton of Vector Kettlebells says, “Runners need to focus on exercising the muscles to improve strength, core stability, endurance, balance and overall running power.”
To help you run stronger and faster, while burning a few calories, start swinging, pressing, and lifting kettlebells to take your running to the next level.