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Kettlebell Swings: How To Make Your Workouts Time Efficient With This Single Lift!

Kettlebell Swings: How To Make Your Workouts Time Efficient With This Single Lift!

If you are looking at how to make your workouts more time efficient then you have arrived at the right place.  Kettlebell swings prove to be a tremendous exercise for helping you to get physically prepared for most any task. Keep reading if you want to learn how to use this lift to improve your workouts.

Kettlebell Swings To Make Your Workouts Efficient

I want to begin by talking about this misconception that “more is always better.”  More time, more work, and more effort does not always equate to having a better strength and fitness program.  The key is knowing when to work hard and when to recover.  I often hear people talk about the lack of time they have to fit a workout into their busy schedule.  This couldn’t be further from the truth.  I don’t care who you are you can always find 10 to 15 minutes in your day to hammer out a time efficient workout.  You see the key word or phrase in that last sentence is “time efficient.”

As a professional trainer and strength and conditioning specialist it has been my experience that when people have the mindset of “not having enough time to workout,” it usually stems from the fact that they believe getting results requires hours upon hours of training in the gym.  I am always battling this mindset with folks and this is why I am wanting to talk about the kettlebell swing lift.  So what is so special about kettlebell swings?

Well, the kettlebell swing lift is a tremendous exercise for many reasons.  If we break down this lift and look at what it covers you pretty much achieve every physical attribute of fitness that you can ask for. The kettlebell swing lift is a ballistic type lift in nature so you gain the benefit of mobility, strength, cardio fitness, and muscular coordination.  Now I’m not saying that kettlebell swings are the only thing that you should be doing, but if you are one of these folks that believe that time is your enemy then by learning this particular lift and learning it well you can easily hammer out a 10 minute workout on your crazy busy days to ensure you are staying on top of your health and fitness.

I like to teach people how to increase their work capacity.  This means that you are able to accomplish a lot of work within a short period of time.  This is the reason I like using  kettlebell swings for teaching folks how to execute the swing lift by doing them as fast as possible without compromising their form or technique.  Its one thing to just go through the motion of swinging a bell back and forth at a slow pace compared to tensing the body up to execute as many swings as possible in a shorter amount of time. By doing the latter you have to learn to tighten your abdomen, properly flex and extend at the hips and knees, compress the body, and forcefully breathe with each and every swing repetition. By going through the motions anyone can swing a bell for a great amount of time, but its when they learn the concept of work capacity that they get a true kettlebell swing workout.

If you are tight on time and need something to squeeze in for 10 minutes a day then try integrating kettlebell swings into your workouts.  I always tell people that anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend.  Remember you don’t have to train for hours to get results, but you do have to train effectively.  Feel free to access more of my articles on the subject for free.



Brandon Richey is a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), author, coach, and loves the thought of having the need for speed and strength for just about any "just in case" kinda moment. Brandon strives to write and train with a thought out driven purpose in mind for his readers. He likes to help his readers/trainees to drive their thinking beyond just the physical traits of obtaining strength, but by also helping them to try and exercise their "minds" as well. He likes to think he has a pretty good sense of humor, but also likes to portray the whole "hard" look too from time to time because, according to him, there is a time and a place for each to be expressed. He always finishes with the tagline that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart!

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