2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Cardiorespiratory Benefits of Kettlebell Swings
Caleb R. Hulsey* and David T. Soto
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to compare cardiorespiratory responses of a 10-min kettlebell (KB) swing program to a 10-min treadmill run (TM) at equivalent RPE values. Thirteen subjects (11 males, 2 females) completed a KB program consisting of 35-sec swing intervals followed by 25-sec rest intervals. Following at least 48 hrs of rest, subjects completed a 10-min TM run at equivalent RPE levels to the KB session. Heart rates and RPE values were not significantly different between the exercises. Metabolic data collected from an automated cart showed oxygen consumption values averaged 37% higher for the TM run. However, according to ACSM standards for exercise intensity, the KB drill was taxing enough to improve VO2max values with training. This means this KB drill was of sufficiently high enough intensity to improve cardiorespiratory health. Further research could be directed at determining the effect of KB exercise on muscular development and function.

Keywords: physiology, kettlebell, exercise, endurance, strength, cardiorespiratory, fitness, aerobic

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 9-6
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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