Burn 400 Calories in 20 Minutes With Kettlebells

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Ah, the complex mysteries of working out. A workout is a workout is a workout, right? The answer is… not exactly. Just about any physical activity does good things for your body, but some workouts – like a kettlebell workout – are more efficient than others.

A University of Wisconsin study found that a kettlebell workout can burn up to  20 calories per minute or 400 calories during a 20-minute session. Add in the resistance training from a kettlebell workout and you get a fat- and calorie-burning session that tones and tightens at the same time. That’s great news on the days you need to squeeze a workout into a very tight schedule.

Imagine this…You’re at the gym, moving along through a 30-minute elliptical workout at a moderate intensity. On the other side of the gym, another woman is powering through a 12-minute kettlebell routine, at high intensity, with little to no rest!

Which one of you will burn more FAT and CALORIES?

Even though you probably burned more calories during your elliptical workout, the woman doing the all-out kettlebell exercise is more likely to torch more fat and calories overall…even though she is working out for HALF as long.

Although both workouts are effective ways to get in shape for summer, the high-intensity kettlebell workout requires a bigger oxygen deficit. This leads to something called EPOC, or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. This means that after your workout you need to take in more oxygen to recover properly. Because this requires more energy, your body burns even MORE calories after the workout is complete.

Not only that, but kettlebell workouts combine the toning benefits of resistance training with the fat-blasting benefits of aerobics. The full body resistance training you get from kettlebells helps create lean muscles, which burn more calories, and reduce fat even when you’re not working out.

So if you’re ready to slim down and unveil sleek thighs, strong arms, and curvy hips for summer, don’t miss today’s the 5-minute FAT-BLASTING kettlebell video above.

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