Kettlebells are one of the most versatile exercise tools out there. If we’re talking bang for your buck, kettlebell training is at the top of the list. With one portable and relatively inexpensive tool, you can increase strength, coordination, stability, balance, power, speed, mobility, and cardiovascular fitness.
Now let’s hone in on that last component, which is always on everyone’s mind: cardio! Whether you love it or hate it, cardiovascular exercise is a crucial component of any fitness regimen. If you can’t walk up the stairs or run down the street without getting out of breath, can you really consider yourself “fit”? The beauty of using a kettlebell to get your cardio in is that lifting kettlebells is low-impact, can be done anywhere, and there is absolutely no running involved.
Let’s explore 6 different ways you can utilize kettlebells to get your blood pumping and strengthen that heart muscle. Continue reading →
One of the best reasons to train with kettlebells is how portable a kettlebell is. You can lift it at the gym, in your house, at the park, at the beach, at your office… anywhere you can think of! I love taking a kettlebell or two to the beach or a local park and tossing it around (in addition to handstands, of course).
For this week’s workout, I’m challenging YOU to get out of your normal training routine and take your kettlebell outside! Think of somewhere that would be fun to lift, or even just take your bell out into your porch or your yard.
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A kettlebell complex is a series of kettlebell exercises that flow together into a sequence. You can change the number of repetitions or the weight of the kettlebell to adjust the difficulty. After completing this workout, try brainstorming your own kettlebell complex and let me know what you come up with!
This particular kettlebell complex workout includes windmills and overhead squats, which can be challenging movements if you don’t have the proper flexibility. To modify, you can bend the knees more on the windmill and substitute the overhead squat for a regular squat. The weight you use will be limited by what you can press and overhead squat with. This routine is great for improving overhead mobility and shoulder stability.
When teaching group classes, one of my favorite ways to increase the intensity of a workout is to partner everyone up and have them push each other! So while my little sister Annabelle was in San Diego for the summer, I snagged her to film a fun partner kettlebell workout!
This workout can easily be used as a template for any of your favorite kettlebell exercises.
To make the workout more challenging, use double kettlebells for the movements or increase the time and number of rounds you complete.
Most important… HAVE FUN!!!
Please comment below and let me know how you liked the workout.
In this week’s workout, you will use 4 moves to build your kettlebooty (and really your whole posterior chain: back, glutes, hamstrings, and calves). You will need one heavy kettlebell, a pair of medium weight kettlebells, and a couple boxes.
If you don’t have any boxes for the deficit deadlift, feel free to improvise by using chairs, bumper plates, or simply standing on a ledge that allows the kettlebell to go lower than it would for a regular deadlift.
For this kettlebell challenge workout, add a repetition of each exercise every round until you find your limit (or hit 10 reps of each). To make the workout harder, increase the kettlebell weight or move faster. To make the workout easier, decrease the kettlebell weight or move slower.