A Kettlebell Cardio Routine

A Kettlebell Cardio Routine It's cardio day and you're tired of walking an inclined treadmill. It might be decent moderate intensity exercise, but you're ready to change up that stale routine. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests two-handed kettlebell swings might be the answer.

Comparing the effort of three continuous 10-minute sets of 10 kettlebell swings followed by 10 sumo deadlifts to half an hour of walking a treadmill at a 4% incline, five male and five female volunteers reported greater rates of perceived exertion and more elevated heart rate with kettlebells, despite a 3-minute rest interval between sets. Other than that, the metabolic response was about the same.

True Strength Moment: This research shows there are other ways to get your heart rate up there besides the standard jogging or cycling. You can improve your cardiovascular fitness working upper body muscles. Get expert instruction on kettlebell form before giving this routine a try.
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