There's a new training method and it's quickly catching on worldwide, it's called Kettlebell training. In reality kettlebell training is an age-old Russian sport as the Kettlebell, or girya, originated in Russia and can be traced as far back as the early 1700s. It's a cast iron weight that has been described as looking something like a cannonball with a handle.

The beauty of the kettlebell is that that it can be done anywhere, indoors or outside. No need to subscribe to a cost gym membership, no need for special clothing and no need for a partner. The only item necessary is the kettlebell.

Kettlebells come in a variety of weights and depending on whether you're a beginner or a strongman used to weight training you can find a kettlebell to suit. They are available in many colors and are generally imprinted with the specific weight. This is particularly useful if you want to change weights mid training. Nobody wants to pick up the wrong weight by mistake and suffer an injury. Common sizes of kettlebells are roughly 18 pounds, 26, 35, 53, 70 and 88.

The exercises are simple and easy to learn and the real plus to doing kettlebell training is the speed at which one can become healthy and fit. Many trainers suggest it only takes two exercises to obtain maximum fitness. The kettlebell is the perfect tool for losing weight and trimming the body and consequently is rapidly becoming the tool of choice for women keen to shed those surplus pounds.

The kettlebell is becoming increasingly easier to purchase either from your nearest sports retailer or from one of the many online stores. Enthusiasts maintain that once you've started using kettlebells and have a workout routine in place, you'll never change. That includes weight trainers who have been working out in a gym for many years.

Both Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper from Biggest Loser promote working out with kettlebells. Both have made DVD's showing just how effective these little cannonballs can be when it comes to assisting with weight loss. Kettlebells workouts are also an effective way to burn fat while toning your muscles because they focus as much on aerobics as they do on toning.

Kettlebell workouts are particularly useful to women who have issues with slow metabolism and the need to lose weight. This applies to problems where the metabolism slows dramatically and the woman finds it necessary to exercise for health reasons. Kettlebell workouts are perfect for increasing metabolism. Just another reason why the kettlebell is increasing in popularity is the need for many women to have some form of exercise while still being available for their children. Finally, by doing these workouts in the privacy of your own home it totally eliminates any feelings of inferiority by needing to work out in front of exercise fanatics at a gym. That in itself is worth purchasing your first set of kettlebells.