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The Kettlebell Swing is my choice for the best exercise. (1)  Here are some studies on Kettlebell exercise to support my choice:

The American Council on Exercise (2) calculated kettlebell exercise can burn a total of 20.2 calories per minute. The calorie burn is equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace or cross-country skiing up hill at a fast pace.

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (3) compared Kettlebell Swings to Jump Squat Power Training.  There were no significant difference between the effect of Kettlebell Swings and Jump Squat Power Training as both types of training increased maximum and explosive strength.

The Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health (4) investigated the effectiveness of a worksite intervention using kettlebell training to improve musculoskeletal health.  The results showed a decrease in neck, shoulder, and low back pain intensity.

The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (5) showed that kettlebell swings produce an unique loading pattern compared to traditional lifting which may credit kettlebell swings with restoring and enhancing lower back health and function.

The Kettlebell is an all-in-one tool providing incredible strength and conditioning as well as exercise to prevent and rehabilitate injuries.

-- Scott Matsuura PT, OCS


1. The Best Exercise by Scott Matsuura
2.  Schnetter, Chad, et al;  "Kettlebells:  Twice the results in half the time?"  ACE Fitness Matters.  January/February 2010.

3. Lake, JP, and Lauder, MA.;  "Kettlebell swing training improves maximal and explosive strength" Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 26(8):  2228-2233, 2012.

4. Jay, K, et al.;  "Kettlebell training for musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health:  A randomized controlled trial"  Scandinavian journal of Work, Environmental, and Health 37(3):  196-203, 2011.
5.  McGill, Stuart M, and Leigh W. Marshall; "Kettlebell swing, snatch, and bottoms-up carry:  Back and hip muscle activation, motion, and low back loads"  Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 26(1):  16-27, 2012.