When you think of Bodybuilders, you think of big, bulky athletes with low body fats. When you think of basketball players, you think of tall and lean athletes with functional muscles.
But what about Kettlebell athletes? Many people wonder what a traditional “kettlebell body” looks like. Well, a lot of that depends on how you train. If you choose to perform high repetition workouts using lighter Kettlebells, you will develop a thin and lean body.
However, if you perform to focus more on strength, the you will build lean muscle mass with hug shoulders, a thick back, and well-developed legs. This is because the majority of the basic Kettlebell movements train the shoulders, upper back, and legs.
In addition, almost all the movements will train your abdominals, with a handful of chest-specific movements. But since most Kettlebell workouts are done standing up, Kettlebell athletes aren’t necessarily known for their chest muscles.
In fact, it’s not uncommon to see a full Kettlebell program without a single chest movement. You can easily fill in the gap withpushups and pullups, both of which work the chest muscles (yes, pullups do work your chest!)
Another distinct aspect of Kettlebell athletes are forearms. In fact, if you’re a bodybuilder who desires “Popeye forearms” then a couple of cleans and press with Kettlebells should do the trick.
This has to do with the think handle of a Kettlebell. This unique feature of the Kettlebell, along with the cannonball-shape of which the handle sits on, is what sets it apart from a symmetrical dumbbell, and why the Kettlebell feels so much more heavier than a dumbbell of the same weight.