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Kettlebell Cardio in 10 minutes

A quick kettlebell workout for the time-crunched that will get your heart rate up and build strength.

As a mom of two girls under three, I’ve been having a tough time as of late sticking with a regular exercise regimen. Besides my weekly personal training, I’m lucky to get maybe two more workouts in each week. For someone who was used to four to five days at minimum pre-kids, it’s hard to not be hard on myself about it. 

Yesterday morning I was desperate for any sort of activity (I’ve even been skipping my regular walks due to this below-zero stretch in Minnesota), so between feeding my little one and hopping in the shower, I headed to the basement for a quick session of kettlebell swings. I set my Tabata Pro app as pictured:

Tabata Pro App

The workout consisted of 10 rounds of two-handed kettlebell swings for 30 seconds, followed by 30 seconds of rest (one minute/round). By the end of the 10 minutes, I was ready to be done: My forearms and legs were burning from the swings, and my heart rate was up.

Kettlebell Swings
Kettlebells are a good tool for quick, intense cardio workouts. Don’t I look intense here?!

As quick as the workout was, I’m feeling the effects today, especially in my legs and thoracic spine. It’s that kind of post-workout sore that hurts so good.

Tell us: What’s your favorite quick workout? Leave a comment below or tweet me @jamielmartin.

Jamie Martin is Experience Life's Director of Digital Initiatives.

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