This 10-minute workout helps you get stronger from head to toe with just one kettlebell
While we all know strength training with weights builds muscle and makes you stronger, it also helps you move easier when you’re not doing reps. Functional training, as seen in this workout, supports your body as you move through chaturanga in yoga, lift furniture when you’re moving house, or haul your overpacked suitcase onto an airport conveyor belt (let us dream).
If that’s your aim, pick up a kettlebell. “Kettlebells are an extremely versatile piece of kit because their shape and the way they’re held means that you can manipulate them differently through fluid movements such as swinging, pulling, throwing, or carrying,” says Strong Women Training Club trainer Risqat Fabunmi-Alade. “You can plan an entire workout around a kettlebell and manage to train for strength, power, endurance and hypertrophy.”
The swings, squats and snatches in this workout are great because they work your core, glutes, shoulder and more. So grab a KB and get to it with this 10-minute workout – you’ll feel the benefits long after you’ve stripped off your sports bra.
KETTLEBOOBS / £13.49
Created with versatility and fun in mind, these BooBy resistance bands are sure to make you smile while working out from home
SOUPOLOGIE / £12.33
In need of a quick and nutritious post-workout lunch? Soupologie’s vegan 5-a-day plant pots and soups are the answer
SOLO COFFEE / £8.96
This espresso-strength cold brew will become your pre-workout obsession. No kettle needed, simply add milk or serve over ice
NOUGHT / £21.25
Inspired by Scandi design, this reusable bottle has a double wall that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12
INSIDESWEAT / £39.20
In addition to 10% off kettlebells, INSIDESWEAT is offering a 20% discount on their resistance bands and portable workout steps
KIND SNACKS / £13.50
Packed full of nutrient-rich ingredients and nutty goodness, these bars mean you can have your snack and protein hit all in one go
Top up your zinc levels for stronger bones with this chocolate smoothie bowl
Protein is an undeniably important nutrient if you want to get stronger – it helps muscles rebuild microtears in the tissue caused by training. But don’t let the hunt for gains detract you from other essential nutrients – particularly zinc. As well as supporting the immune system, it also plays an essential role in bone metabolism (to prevent osteoporosis) and mineralisation (creating hardness and strength in the bones), helping them to withstand lifting or pressing heavy weights.
This smoothie is the chocolate-coated way to pack in more zinc, thanks to cashews and cocoa. Serve up for a pre-workout breakfast or a sweet afternoon snack to settle cravings and your body’s needs. Protein shake, step aside.
Strong Women editor Meriam Ahari
finds the trainers of her dreams thanks to a combination of style, comfort and functionality.
What? Allbirds Women’s Tree Dashers, £120
What is it? A technical running shoe made from natural materials that are engineered for enhanced performance.
The verdict: “The customer rating on these trainers is a 4.8 out of 5 stars and it’s easy to see why – I’m hard pressed to find a fault. I’m not one for flashy logos or colour, so I love their sleek, minimalist style – the tongueless-design and sock-like ankle makes them so smooth to slip on. An impressive breakdown of the materials is available online: the knitted covering is made from eucalyptus trees, the midsole is created from sugar cane, and the removable sockliner is made from castor bean, which emits less carbon than petroleum-based foam.
I’ve been wearing them for everything from HIIT and walks to runs and strength training for weeks now – and every time I’ve felt not only supported, but comfortable. There’s added cushioning along the heel to lock your foot into place and the midsole is engineered to cushion impact and return energy.
Besides being a beautiful, functional shoe, the trainers are carbon neutral and their dual-density SweetFoam™ midsole is made with the world’s first carbon negative green EVA. If a sustainable sneaker can still be sexy and practical, I don’t know why all brands can’t do the same.”
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