Find out how this popular piece of equipment can make you a better runner.
Walk into any gym and amongst the grunts and clanks of dumbbells and barbells, you’re bound to see someone in the corner swinging around a metal ball. Kettlebells have exploded in popularity across the world leading fitness enthusiasts to swing, clean, press, and lift the bell in different ways for a unique combination of cardio and strength.
Although they can be used for traditional exercises like squats and deadlifts, kettlebells often provide a different dimension to many workout programs. Their unique shape and size forces lifters to produce large amounts of force and control the weight through a large range of motion, building both strength and coordination.
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Kettlebells can offer an awesome workout for nearly anyone, but there are certain benefits to runners. Here are a few kettlebell exercises that have a direct carryover to runners for both improving performance and preventing injury.