The Kettlebell is the only piece of fitness equipment I use (along with a swissball for some exercises). I have use the kettlebell to get into the best shape of my life, despite years of gym membership dues and hours and hours on spin bikes, rowing machines, cross trainers and weight machines. In fact, I have managed to ditch my gym membership which means I save money, as well as time (and fuel) by working out at home, thanks to this incredible bit of kit. Here are 7 reasons you should get a kettlebell:

1. Kettlebells are the ultimate 'do anything' fitness tool - they are so versatile you can get a cardio, strength, endurance, flexibility and core stability workout with one piece of equipment, and even in the same workout.

2. Kettlebells are the ultimate home gym - as you can get all these benefits with one piece of equipment, and you only need a small amount of space to work out.

3. Kettlebells take up hardly any space in your home and you can easily store them out of the way - no more need to see your gym equipment staring at you as you are having dinner or tripping over it in your bedroom. You can store them in a cupboard and get them out when you need to use them - and you can use them inside or outside, making the most of good weather but staying sheltered when it's bad.

4. Kettlebells are used for both traditional strength training exercises, as well as classic kettlebell ballistic or dynamic exercises, such as the swing and snatch. Both forms of training are proven to be the best for burning body fat and boosting metabolism in minimum time.

5. Kettlebell workouts can be short and sweet so you can fit them into the busiest of schedules. If you really can only manage 10 minutes a day then you can still get a great, full body conditioning and fat burning workout, knowing you have hit every muscle in the body and boosted your metabolism for the rest of the day.

6. The ballistic kettlebell exercises, such as the swing and snatch, rely on explosive power through the hips. This strengthens the hips and lower back, not only giving you a backside that looks great, but also making sure you are strong and injury-free in this commonly overlooked area.

7. The kettlebell has been shaping the most incredible physiques in history for hundreds of years - and is still doing so today. The kettlebell has truly stood the test of time, and despite Hollywood's best efforts to keep this secret to themselves, the kettlebell is finally accessible to all. So what are you waiting for?! Caroline is a Personal Trainer, Yoga Teacher and Kettlebell Instructor based in the UK. For more exercise, fat loss and kettlebell secrets and tips sign up to my mailing list (and claim your free report):

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