Feel the Burn: My Favorite Kettlebell Workouts

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Have you seen these weird looking weights around the gym and have no idea what to do with them? These kettlebells can give you an awesome, full body workout – if you know what you’re doing.

Here’s a list of my favorite kettlebell-focused workouts. They don’t take much time (depending on how many rounds you do, typically around 10-20 minutes) and you’ll be sure to feel the burn.

  • Fitness Magazine’s 5-Move Beginner Friendly Workout: Master these five moves and you can easily insert them into your regular weight-lifting workouts.
  • Women’s Health 8-Move Routine: They recommend trying the moves first without the weights to nail the form. They also provide a video so you can see each move in motion and copy.
  • Shape’s Killer Kettlebell Workout: This claims to burn about 300 calories in 15 minutes and that’s not hard to believe since it includes combination burpee moves.
  • 4-Minute Tabata Kettlebell Swing: It doesn’t get any simpler than this. The only move is the kettlebell swing, repeated in a tabata-style format (20 seconds on, 10 seconds off repeated for 4 minutes). This isn’t quite a full-body workout, but an excellent add-on to whatever you’re already doing at the gym.

If you want to put together your own routine, check out this comprehensive list of 22 kettlebell exercises.

These are perfect to do at the gym, or if you want to do them at home, invest in a couple of your own kettlebells. Start off with a weight you can easily manage plus a weight slightly higer that you can work up to. You can find them at most athletic stores or online (Amazon, Target, Walmart to name a few).

As you become more comfortable with kettlebells, increase your weight AND your reps to keep that good sore feeling coming each day.

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    • Emily

      Thanks for the pointers – some of these links are very useful!

      I also recommend picking some exercises to focus more on and get really good at. Some good options are the kettlebell clean or the kettlebell snatch since they are very dynamic movements. I read up on the latter, and hope to really master it in the following weeks :-)

    • Emily

      Thanks for the pointers – some of these links are very useful!

      I also recommend picking some exercises to focus more on and get really good at. Some good options are the kettlebell clean or the kettlebell snatch since they are very dynamic movements. I read up on the latter, and hope to really master it in the following weeks :-)