This research article came out this past week and has been whipping around my community of colleagues like ______________ (insert something crazy).
It concludes that Kettlebells burn ~20 Kcal/minute which is a HUGE number. This is 2-4x greater when compared to other popular forms of exercise (e.g. swimming, walking, jogging, weight training).
download the article for FREE: https://www.acefitness.org/getfit/studies/Kettlebells012010.pdf
The lead researcher from the study says:
“We estimated oxygen consumption and how many calories they were burning aerobically, and it was 13.6 calories per minute. But we also measured the blood lactate, so anaerobically they were burning another 6.6 calories per minute,” explains Porcari. “So they were burning at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace. The only other thing I could find that burns that many calories is cross-country skiing up hill at a fast pace.”
The exercise used was the Kettlebell Snatch which is an intermediate Kettlebell drill, but beginners can get similar benefits from performing Kettlebell Swings.
Kettlebell Swing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyunpidlFnQ
Fredrik, the athlete in the video has been training for some time; 60kg is not the recommended weight to start with.
Generally, females will start with 8-12kg while most men will start with 16kg.