Extra-Strength Exercise

The secret to a faster, more effective workout.

by Karen Asp
Photograph: Photo: iStockphoto

Grip the handle tightly (use more force than you would with a dumbbell) to prevent the bell from getting away from you or banging into your body.
Engage your abs Keep your back safe by contracting your abdominal muscles in every exercise.
Power moves with your lower body To avoid overusing your arms and straining your back and shoulders, focus on driving the movement with your hips and shifting your weight from heels to toes.
Give yourself space You need more room to move the kettlebell than you would a dumbbell. Make sure you have at least six feet on all sides and clear people, pets and objects from the area.

Originally published in the June 2010 issue of

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