This website is all about working out at home and one of the goals a lot of people have who read this site is losing weight at home. If you’ve got the space at home and the spare cash, building your own gym is one of the easiest ways to achieve that goal. However, this isn’t possible for most people and is way beyond what is required in order to lose weight, shape up and get toned at home.
Due to their low cost and the large number of exercises you can do with kettlebells, they are one of the best pieces of home fitness equipment you can buy. There are loads to choose from, which you can read about on our kettlebell reviews page here, and they are available for a wide range of prices. This means whatever your budget or goals there is a kettlebell for you.
How to Lose Weight with Kettlebell Training
If you want to lose weight I have to be honest with you for a second. The most important aspect to shedding fat is to have your diet sorted. You don’t need to go crazy and do a stupid fad diet like the cabbage soup diet or whatever your favourite celebrity magazine is peddling this month. You just have to cut the cr@p. A good body is made in the kitchen, not the gym, and no matter how hard you exercise, you cannot out train a bad diet. Sure, working out and exercising at home or the gym will allow you to eat more of what you like without suffering the negative consequences but it doesn’t give you a license to overdo it. Eating rubbish with the intention of working it off later in the gym is a road to nowhere but fatsville.
Weight training and kettlebell training is one of the best ways to lose fat at home and in general. Cardio can help you burn calories and drop some weight but it won’t leave you with a toned, athletic looking physique. In order to get that look, which is what we all want, you need to do some kind resistance training to develop your muscles and get that toned look. Simply losing the fat will leave you looking soft and wobbly. A look that is known as skinny fat.
This applies to both men and women: do not neglect weigh training, it should be at the heart of your fitness routine!
If you don’t heed this advice you will end up skinny fat with floppy upper arms and legs. Is that what you want?
So with that cleared up, let’s look at how you can lose weight at home with kettlebell training. First you need the right one, so take a look at this guide to picking the right kettlebell for you if you don’t have one already.
Next you need to schedule a minimum of three days a week where you can perform a 30 minute kettlebell workout at home, in the backyard, the garage or wherever. Then you need to pick a routine. The kind of routine you want to follow in order to lose weight with a kettlebell needs to do the following:
- Get your heart rate pumping
- Leave you out of breath
- Be intense
- Include a good amount of compound strength developing exercises
- Be fun!
Here is a good routine to follow if you want to shape up at home with kettlebells: Push ups: 1 set of as many reps as you can (one handed for extra intensity if you can)
- Kettlebell Squats: up to 12 reps
- Kettlebell Swing: up to 12 reps
- Kettlebell Lunges: up to 12 reps
- Crunches: up to 15 reps
- One armed overhead kettlebell press: up to 12 reps then swap arms
Then repeat until 30 minutes are up and you are done. If you still have any energy left after this muscle building calories burning home workout then follow it up with some rope time.