If you have heard the word, "kettlebell," over and over and you are curious as to why people are working out with something that goes on the stove or a noise making device, this may help clear things up a little. A kettle bell is a weighted device that is similar to dumbbell as far as usage goes, but has a handle on top. This picture might help...
Saturday I was absolutely exhausted. After all the birthday festivities. I didn't get to bed until after 3AM, which if you know me is WAAAAY out of my usual bedtime region. I woke up with very little energy, and so when I finally drug myself to the gym I didn't know what I was going to get. I decided I could muster up a little bit of cardio, and then mixing it up with a kettle bell workout. It was a great change.
30 minute intervals on the elliptical
Kettle Bell workout
*3 sets of each alternating between exercises*
20 kettlebell swings w/a squat (w/one 20 lb kettlebell)
15 kettlebell pushups (push ups on top of two kettlebells)
20 alternating lunges (holding a 15 lb kettlebell in each hand)
12 single right arm rows in a deep lunge (w/one 20 lb kettlebell)
12 single left arm rows in a deep lunge (w/one 20 lb kettlebell)
15 squats with a bicep curl on bosu ball (holding a 15 lb kettlebell in each hand)
Done. This entire kettlebell workout took me about 35-40 mins and my heart rate stayed elevated the whole time. If you don't have a kettle bell at home you can actually just hold a single dumbbell with both hands for the swings, or like normal for everything else and you will get the exact same results.
Have you ever worked out with kettlebells?