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Center, in Scott, Louisiana. Bumpus often uses kettlebells in strength and conditioning exercise classes to afford a balanced full-body workout that’s fun and engaging.


Workouts Burn Fat and Tone Muscle by Taylor Geiger


Body Sculpt with Kettlebells


Kettlebell training promotes fat loss, toning of major muscle groups and greater functional strength, while requiring less time than its dumbbell counterpart.





ettlebells can replace almost all other exercise equipment in providing an all-in-one work- out, combining strength and cardio


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benefits,” explains Shelly Bumpus, an Athletics and Fitness Association of America-certified personal trainer and owner of the Studio Women’s Fitness


“Consistent kettlebell training imitates and strengthens movements we use to function in daily life,” explains Athena Concannon, an American College of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer and healthy lifestyle blogger at AchieveWithAthena.com, in Boston. For example, actions like lifting grocery bags and standing up from a sitting position become easier. She notes that the growing popularity of different kinds of functional training in the past decade has bolstered recogni- tion of kettlebell benefits as people seek ways to move away from assisted weight machines toward natural body movements. Kettlebells now show up in cir-


cuit training, CrossFit and both func- tional fitness and step classes. People see results because, “It takes multiple small and large muscle groups to redirect movement while maintaining control with a kettlebell, requiring more muscle recruitment than with a traditional dumbbell; it’s because its shape provides unbalanced weight resistance that strengthens a multi- tude of different muscles,” explains Julie Joffrion, owner of All-Inclusive Health, in New Orleans. A kettlebell’s configuration re-


quires exercisers to pay close atten- tion to maintaining a neutral spinal posture and avoid locking knees and wrists to avoid pain or injury. By start- ing with a smaller weight and focus- ing on form first, exercisers build a


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