I love to read studies about how people react to various types of training - especially if it pertains to kettlebells. I have been using them for twelve years and I can state unequivocally that there are amazingly effective at making your stronger and move better... but don't take my word for it!
Recently ACE (the American Council of Exercise) sponsored a study to determine the effectiveness of kettlebells. What they found after only eight weeks is astonishing! How is this for improvements after only a handful of workouts:
- Seventy percent increase in core strength
- Marked increase to aerobic capacity
- Significant improvement in VO2 max
- Additional significant improvement in grip strength, leg press and dynamic balance
These are pretty impressive changes in a very short period of time. I would be interested to learn who trained the control group and what type and duration of workouts they were doing during the test period. Regardless - this is pretty impressive results for a "cannonball with a handle"!
Check out the original article on the ACE website.