My 5 Favorite Kettlebell Exercises

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Lately, I have been quite liking the kettlebell workouts. Kettlebells are the trendiest thing in the world of fitness, after protein shakes. Now again you’d think, why kettlebell? why not dumbbells? And my answer to that will be it all depends on what you are trying to achieve. Kettlebells target a slightly different type of muscles group than the dumbbells. And there are certain type of exercises which can be performed better with the way the kettlebell is shaped vs a dumbbell. In the long run, the idea is to alternate between the two when you are working out, to get the maximum benefits.

The exercises I have listed below can be performed using either a dumbbell or a kettlebell. In the pictures I am using a 10 pound kettlebell. Please feel free to use heavier weights to challenge yourself.

Squats with overhead kettlebell press
Great upper and lower body workout.

squats with overhead kettlebell press
Sets – 5
Repetitions- 15

Lateral hand raises in a lunge position

Targets the shoulders and the forearms, while working the thighs and the glutes.

Lateral hand raises in a lunge position
Sets- 5
Repetitions – 15 (each side)

Alternate lunges with kettlebell pass

These are your basic lunges, but with a little twist and challenge. Passing the kettlebell makes this workout a great one for the upper body as well. The key is to keep you bell sucked in the whole time, so your abs are working as well. This is the exercise you’d wish you had a kettlebell, if you don’t 🙂

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Sets- 5
Repetitions- 15 (Each side)

Russian Twists

These are my absolutely favorite! They not only work the obliques, but also the midsection of your abs. You can either place your feet on the mat, or raise them for added challenge.

Russian twists
Sets- 5
Repetitions- 15 (Each side)

Lunge with a twist

This exercise incorporates the entire body in just one move. It works the arms, the legs and the abs all at the same time.

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Sets- 5
Repetitions- 15 (each side)

Depending on your speed and the weights you are using, the entire workout should take you approx. 25 to 30 minutes to complete.

Warning- Great amount of breathlessness and sweat will be experienced. Followed by fatigue and soreness if performed for the first time. Followed by firm muscles and lean body!

Happy hump day! 🙂

Stay happy, stay healthy!

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About pallavisharma

Welcome to my blog! Apart from being a health and fitness freak, I love writing, and this blog is a perfect outlet for it. I am not a professional writer by any means, but would like to be someday, so I can inspire people far and wide. I am a project manager by day, and go to business school at night. I am happily married to the love of my life, and thoroughly enjoy being a stepmom to two of the most wonderful kids I know. The goal of my blog is just one word – INSPIRE. If I was able to help even one person enough to get them to change their life around for the better, I would consider myself extremely fortunate. I am super thankful to all my readers who have given me so much love and encouragement through the years. You guys rock! I will leave you with one quote – “Monotony is the awful reward of the careful. If you want to change and grow, you need to take risk” – John C. Maxwell

One response »

  1. Wow….that body shows how hard uv worked…really, hats off 2 u !! U make workout look so sexxy…
    I wud like to request for a post on importance of wearing right clothes for workout… Keep inspiring, thanx 🙂

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