Reach Your Impossible Dream with a Kettlebell Windmill
Aside from being a very well-known symbol of Holland, windmills also represent a strong force to contend with, a very formidable opponent, in fact. Blame that last one on Don Quixote de la Mancha. He’s the guy popularized in many works of art that include a novel, plays, films, and even a song (“The Impossible Dream”). Delusional dude, Don Quixote was, although he had the most noble of intentions. He fought windmills, thinking that they were ferocious giants.
So, what does all that have to do with a Kettlebell windmill, aside from the name?
Plenty. For one thing, many people think that their fat-loss and strength building goals are impossible to achieve. That’s probably because most of these people have already tried numerous diets and an assortment of exercises ranging from cardio to endurance building moves, such as weight lifting.
Yet, for all that, they still remain in the same unfit condition as when they started.
The Kettlebell Windmill to the Rescue
In such a situation, a Kettlebell windmill can come to the rescue. Although in the works of art mentioned earlier, windmills were the bad guys, in Kettlebell workouts, a windmill is an exercise that can turn your fitness, health and wellness goals into reality.
The main muscles that are “attacked” (in keeping with our Don Quixote theme for this chapter) by the Kettlebell windmill exercise are the:
- Abdominals (core, stomach muscles)
- Hamstrings (back of the thighs)
- Glutes (the butt)
- Lower back muscles
- Shoulder muscles
- Upper back muscles
A Kettlebell windmill is not recommended for building muscles, but it sure builds up endurance and it sure burns the fat.
A Warm-Up Exercise that Can Stand on its Own
What makes a Kettlebell windmill unique is that it is primarily designed to be a warm-up exercise. However, because it is challenging, many Kettlebell workout enthusiasts perform this exercise as a stand-alone endurance move on its own.
Due to the fact that a Kettlebell windmill has been proven to increase mobility in both the hips and the shoulders, it is one of the exercises that have become a favorite among those who need to have strong shoulders and hips that do not “lock,” or are capable of executing fluid, graceful motions.
Athletes, fashion models, and gymnasts have been known to incorporate a Kettlebell windmill into their workouts to gain the best of benefits, which include:
- Increased coordination
- More strength
- Fat reduction
- A resilient core
- Better sense of balance
- Heightened stability of the shoulders
- Key Precautions Doing the Kettlebell Windmill
Owing to the challenging nature of the Kettlebell windmill (which could motivate enthusiasts to push themselves harder while doing it) the following precautions need to be observed to avoid injuries:
Do not ever attempt to do this exercise if you feel that your back is “off” – this means that if you suspect that you have a pulled muscle in your back or even a pinched nerve in the area of your shoulders with pain that radiates to any part of your back, you should not do a Kettlebell windmill.
Do not exercise to the point of muscle failure – the release of endorphins or pain killers during consistent and continued physical activity can make the Kettlebell handler ignore the burn that is building up in his or her muscles.
Be sensitive to your body’s condition in order to avoid any kind damage to your muscles or to your spine and never do any exercise that you are not totally confident that you are doing correctly.
Okay, that wraps up the Kettlebell windmill section so be sure to check out the video that comes with this guide and follow me on over to the Kettlebell ab exercises section and we’ll look at why Kettlebells are a great tool for getting rid of that horrendous belly fat.