Kettlebells, a Russian import, is one of the most versatile and effective pieces of equipment for getting you in top-notch shape and giving you one doozy of a workout. Not only will your muscles be sore, but your heart will be racing as you swing this weighted iron ball over, under and through your body in every possible direction.
You might be wondering why a kettlebell is better or different than a regular dumbbell. The biggest difference is the distribution of the weight. A dumbbell has the weight evenly distributed on both sides of the handle whereas a kettlebell has all its weight in the center with just a handle above it to hold. And because all the weight is centrally located in one spot, it is more of a challenge to lift it. Unlike a dumbbell, it will not tilt to one side.
If you’ve seen kettlebells, but weren’t quite sure what to do with them, you’re in luck. Here are 14 great moves that will work your entire body while torching some major calories and fat. If you’re a beginner, pick a few of the exercises and complete them in a sequence workout doing 3 sets of 12-15 reps each. If you’ve been around the block or two, try to get through the whole sequence two times through doing 12-15 reps of each exercise.
1. Cleans: Funny name for an exercise until you start doing them. This is a great move for someone just starting out with a kettlebell, especially if you’re ready to start strong! This move is often the first step in a Kettlebell Clean and Press, which you can check out below to see how it’s done!
2. Clean and Presses: Taking the clean one step further, after bringing the kettlebell to your shoulder, press it all the way up. Slowly lower it back down to your shoulder and then all the way down to your side. Again, if you are using two kettlebells at once, this will be very challenging. Click here to see how it’s done!
4. One-Arm swings: This is done exactly the same way as a two-arm swing except that you will only use one arm at a time. You might find that you have to use a lower weight for the one-arm swing as these are a bit more challenging since you can’t rely on both arms to swing. Click here for more details on this move.
5. Figure Eight Squat: When you perform this move, try not to twist your body too much, but focus on using your obliques on every pass. Watch the video below or click here for more information.
6. Goblet Squats: This squat isn’t so different than your average squat, but the kettlebell gives it an added challenge. Click here for more information.
7. Around the World: Here is one for your abs and obliques. Be sure you’re standing straight and keep your arms straight when your preform this move to avoid hitting your body with the kettlebell. This will cause you to engage your core a lot more. See full instructions on the move here.
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