Enter your Email address:
Wolters Kluwer Health may email you for journal alerts and information, but is committed
to maintaining your privacy and will not share your personal information without
St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.
(Sponsor: David Bacharach, FACSM)
(No relationships reported)
Kettlebell routines work to train the body as a whole by improving function, stabilizing joints, and rehabbing athletes after injury. However, the metabolic demand of a single kettlebell routine as it compares to other modes of exercise has not been determined. The purpose of this study was to measure oxygen consumption while completing a kettlebell routine in an effort to accurately determine oxygen consumption and thereby caloric expenditure during the routine. Ten subjects (5 male, 5 female) completed multiple cycles of nine different kettlebell exercises in succession, with each cycle lasting approximately 5-7 minutes. Subjects went about the routine at a self selected pace using earthier a 10 lb kettlebell (females) or a 20 lb kettlebell (males). Throughout the routine, oxygen consumption (VO2) and heart rate (HR) were measured continuously (Oxycon Mobile, Cardinal Health, Inc.). Total test time ranged from 14-22 minutes. Mean values were determined for HR and VO2 for each exercise, as well as for the entire routine. An overall average for HR and VO2 was calculated for males and females. The Weir equation was used to calculate per minute caloric expenditure for each subject and to generate a mean caloric requirement for the kettlebell exercises and overall routine (See Fig. 1). Results indicate this kettlebell routine provided a metabolic demand equal to that of typical exercises such as treadmill walking on an incline, stationary cycling, elliptical exercise, stairmaster or running. These data also demonstrate kettlebell activity could be used as a viable form of cross training to maintain health and improve overall fitness.
The study was funded by a grant from c/it/2/believe/it, LLC. Mpls, MN, a distributors of kettlebells.
©2009The American College of Sports Medicine
Colleague's E-mail is Invalid
Your Name: (optional)
Separate multiple e-mails with a (;).
Thought you might appreciate this item(s) I saw at Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.
Send a copy to your email
Your message has been successfully sent to your colleague.
Some error has occurred while processing your request. Please try after some time.
An Existing Folder
A New Folder
The item(s) has been successfully added to "".
Login with your LWW Journals username and password.
Username or Email:
Enter and submit the email address you registered with. An email with instructions to reset your password will be sent to that address.
Link to reset your password has been sent to specified email address.
What does "Remember me" mean?
By checking this box, you'll stay logged in until you logout. You'll get easier access to your articles, collections,
media, and all your other content, even if you close your browser or shut down your
To protect your most sensitive data and activities (like changing your password),
we'll ask you to re-enter your password when you access these services.
What if I'm on a computer that I share with others?
If you're using a public computer or you share this computer with others, we recommend
that you uncheck the "Remember me" box.
Save my selection
Article Level Metrics