Lisa: Thanks so much for talking with me today.
Jessica: My pleasure. Congratulations on losing the weight and getting in shape.
Lisa: Thanks! And congratulations on winning the IUKL World Champion in the 16kg Snatch. You know, I never even heard of kettlebells until I started going to the gym last year. They kind of looked scary to me.
Jessica: They kind of look like a bowling bowl with a handle, don’t they? (We both laugh.) It’s funny; when I started getting into kettlebells it seemed like the only people who used them were Eastern European men who ate pickles and drank vodka, but a group of us thought this would be a great workout for women, so we started a team and started winning gold medals.
Lisa: Why are kettlebells a good option for women?
Jessica: They combine cardio with strength training and it’s fast. I can get a complete workout done in 45 minutes. Also, they make your muscles long and lean and not bulky.
Lisa: So I understand the strength part, because the kettlebell is a weight, but why is it also considered cardio?
Jessica: You’re never putting the bell down between lifts, like you would dumbbells, so it increases your heart rate and becomes an aerobic exercise too.
Lisa: Where do you see the future of the sport?
Jessica: I think we’re only scratching the surface of where it can go. I have clients from 13 – 75 years old and all ages in between. It’s a versatile workout because it’s high intensity and low impact, which means joint problems won’t prevent you from doing it.
Jessica: Exactly. If you’re a soccer player you have shin guards but if you’re a kettlebell lifter there was nothing on the market to help. That’s why I created KettleGuard. They protect your forearm against impact. They’re padded and you can add flexible inserts as you increase the weight. They’re one size fits all and machine washable.
Lisa: And they come in handy if you’re looking for a cute Eastern European man who eats pickles and drinks vodka 😉
I’ll post up a kettlebell workout shortly so you can try it out next time you’re at the gym.
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