Kettlebells are not a new lifting device. They have been around for quite some time and are originally from Russia. However, they are one of the newest fads to hit the fitness scene. This canon ball like lifting device may seem a little barbaric, but tons of people are flocking to classes to get in shape fast! Among the masses, Actor Daniel Baldwin, believes that this piece of equipment helped him get back on track with his fitness and saved him from his reoccurring addictions.
Baldwin was introduced to kettlebells last year when renowned trainer Michael Skogg pitched Baldwin’s production company on a DVD series featuring the back-to-basics weights.
“I was intrigued,” Baldwin told me. “I’d just turned 50, weighed 285, and my doctor had read me the riot act about my health.”
So Skogg became Baldwin’s kettlebell mentor. The hard training — along with an improved diet — helped Baldwin lose 50 pounds in six months.
“My doctor didn’t recognize me,” he said. “He thought I was Billy Baldwin.”
“What this does for me emotionally, psychologically and spiritually — to look in the mirror and not be ashamed — has been very important in not relapsing,” he told me (source).
Baldwin has been on many reality shows in efforts to kick his addiction and lose weight. The kettlebell has helped him shed 50 pounds in 6 months. The routines that use the bell are characterized as “power moves.” These movements are thought to be the most like everyday life because normal movement is quick and powerful. Traditional lifting is focused on slow controlled lifting. Power moves are also know to burn a tremendous amount of calories in a short amount of time. Tackle your own personal demons the way Daniel did, fitness has a way of healing every aspect of life.