It seems pretty trite to say that we all want to get ripped and lean but do so in the shortest amount of time, but it is a trite saying that I hear over and over again. Everyone will ALWAYS be looking for shortcuts to weight loss and physical fitness. The problem is, many people look to pills and potions as their “shortcuts” and they would rather believe the crazy claims made by TV commercials than sound exercise principals. A little hard work can go a LONG way, but some folks are just too lazy to move off the couch and into the world of exercise.

For those that aren’t afraid of a little hard work, the good news is that there ARE ways in which you can get ripped and lean and it will only take you about 30 minutes a day. I am talking about COMPOUND MOVEMENTS. A compound movement is any movement in which you will engage many muscles of your body at one time. This type of exercise will allow you to work out many muscles at one time, burn more calories, and greatly speed up the time it takes for you to get in incredible shape. One piece of exercise equipment that features compound movements as part of its core principles is the kettlebell.

The kettlebell is a piece of equipment that looks like a bowling ball with a handle. Russian in origin, the kettlebell has been around for hundreds of years, but has just recently been introduced to the US. To workout using the kettlebell, you have to engage almost every muscle in your entire body. Each list is unilateral (when using only one kettlebell of course) and this forces you to maximize the principles of core stabilization to help support the lift and move the weight through the different planes of motion. Full body muscular recruitment coupled with a focus on core stabilization…sound like an effective workout to anyone? I hope so…

Ok, now, let’s talk about what I promised you. Here is how to get a fat burning whole body workout in 30 minutes or less. Just swing baby! Using a kettlebell that is. The kettlebell swing is the core foundational exercise of the kettlebell. It incorporates just about every muscle in your body and it will keep you moving the entire time helping you burn calories and shred the fat off in no time at all. To perform the exercise, you will grasp the handle of the kettlebell with two hands. Then, thrust your hips forward, keep your arms loose but extended and allow the kettlebell to swing forward. Then, allow it to swing back down and through your legs. Now, thrust your hips again increasing the momentum. Make sure you don’t over extend your back when the bell goes forward, but instead, stabilize your core when the kettlebell moves forward and keep your back fairly straight up and down. Sounds simple, huh? Well, it is fairly easy to get the hang of it, but you will soon realize, the work is NOT easy. Even with a fairly light weight, you will probably have trouble knocking out 20 or more swings at a time. Put it this way, for your first workout of kettlebell swings, you will probably not want to go for more than about 5-10 minutes of swings at the most. This will give you an incredible workout and depending how you feel the next day, you can alter the time and weight accordingly. Most folks are surprised at just how intense and effective this workout can be, so take it slow, be safe, and start incorporating one of the most effective exercises that exists into your regimen. A fat burning whole body workout in 30 minutes or less? Yep, kettlebell swings are the answer!

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