I'm using running to help burn some fat mostly because it is the only cardio I really enjoy doing. I know muscle helps burn fat faster. Would using a kettlebell between runs help promote fat loss, lean up, and get my pace higher on my runs?


I assume you mean kettlebells. Kettlebell swings are a great full body exercise that involves explosive extending of the hips. Strengthening this group of muscles (the posterior chain) is important for running.


Any proper weight training program will help 'toning up' and weight loss. For a better run time a lot is dependent on the type of run (long/short distance) and what is holding you back from improving through running itself. To be a better runner, you have to run - you might consider doing sprints (Tabata protocol or any that fit your needs) for endurance or plyometric training for improved explosive power. A good overall weight program will help build strength and endurance throughout your body potentially reducing lack of endurance or power by building up supporting muscle groups.

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