Easy Kettlebell Workouts for Beginners
This easy kettlebell workout is designed to engage stabilizer muscles as well as major muscle groups and increase power, flexibility, and endurance.
These six (6) exercises develop the chest and arms, core, and legs. The result is a foundation of strength to prepare for more intense workouts in the future. As always, be mindful of form and drop weight to avoid risk of injury. And check with your doctor before beginning an exercise routine.
* See the YouTube link for a Video of each exercise
Kettlebell Workout Instructions
If you are just starting out with kettlebells, we recommend women use a 6-8 kg (13-18 lbs.) kettlebell and men use a 10-12 kg (22-26 lbs.) kettlebell. If you already have kettlebell experience or feel more comfortable adding weight, do so as long as you can maintain proper form.
Each circuit will consist of 10-12 reps per exercise with little to no rest period between exercises. At the end of each circuit, rest for 60-90 seconds. The goal of this workout is to complete three circuits.
As you build endurance, try your hand at five circuits. If you find you’re performing these exercises in five circuits with only minimal strain, we recommend adding weight as a way to progress.
Kettlebell Workout Exercises for Beginners
- Russian Twist
- Clean and Press
- Goblet Squat
- Squat to Press
Kettlebell Workout – Push-Up
Watch the Video: Kettlebell Push-Up
Primary muscles: Pecs, Deltoids, Triceps, Abdominals
- Position yourself in a traditional push-up position, grasping a kettlebell handle in each hand. The kettlebells should be positioned directly under the shoulders.
- Lower your chest down as far as you can go that you can still push yourself back up. The body should move as one unit, with the core engaged and legs tight.
- Push yourself back up into the starting position.
Kettlebell Workout – Russian Twist
Kettlebell Russian Twist
Watch the Video: Kettlebell Russian Twist
Primary muscles: Rectus abdominis, Obliques
- Sit on the floor holding the kettlebell by the horns of the handle at chest height.
- Raise your feet off the floor, then lower the kettlebell down to one side by twisting your torso.
- Raise the kettlebell up and over to the opposite side, twisting your torso to the other side.
- Alternate twisting from side to side each rep. This exercise can be modified by keeping your feet on the floor.
Kettlebell Workout – Clean and Press
Kettlebell Clean and Press
Watch the Video: Kettlebell Clean and Press
Primary muscles: Quadriceps, Glutes, Hamstrings, Abdominals, Chest, Traps, Upper Back
- Stand upright with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Place two kettlebells of equal weight between your feet.
- Hinge at the hips, keeping your spine neutral, and grasp a kettlebell in each hand.
- Swing the kettlebells back between your legs and then explosively extend the hips as you contract the glutes and brace the core. Just above hip level, direct the kettlebells into the rack position. Make sure to open the hands and insert them fully so the kettlebell handles lay diagonal across your palms.
- Engage the LAT muscles and press the kettlebells overhead, fully straightening the arms. The weight of the kettlebells should be stacked over the joints (elbow, shoulder, hip). The elbows should go straight up during the press, not out and around the sides of the body.
- Bring the kettlebells back to the rack position. Drop them back down into the swing, giving the kettlebells a slight head start before following with the torso.
Kettlebell Workout – Goblet Squat
Kettlebell Goblet Squat
Watch the Video: Kettlebell Goblet Squat
Primary muscles: Glutes, Hamstrings, Quadriceps
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with both hands holding one side of the kettlebell handle at chest level.
- Keep your spine neutral and your core braced as you lower yourself into a squatting position.
- Determine the depth of your squat by bringing your elbows to the inside of the knees.
- Return to the starting position by pushing the floor and contracting the glutes to fully extend the hips.
Kettlebell Workout – Squat to Press
Kettlebell Squat to Press
Watch the Video: Kettlebell Squat to Press
Primary muscles: Glutes, Quadriceps, Abdominals, Triceps, Shoulders, Chest
- Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and a kettlebell in each hand. Each kettlebell should rest in the V of your shoulder, elbow, and hand. The hands should be fully inserted, so the kettlebell handles are diagonal across the palms.
- Keep your spine neutral and your core braced as you lower yourself into a squatting position. Squat down until the thighs are parallel to the ground or the hips drop slightly below parallel.
- Drive out of the squat back to a standing position. In the same fluid motion, press your arms up and overhead with arms completely straight. Your elbows should be outside your ears on either side of your head, with the shoulders pulled down and away from ears.
- Maintaining control, bring the kettlebells back to rack position as you move back into a squat to repeat the exercise.
Kettlebell Workout – Carries
Watch the Video: Kettlebell Carries
Primary Muscles: All of them!
- Stand with a kettlebell on the outside of each foot. The kettlebells should be of equal weight and heavier than what you would use for most other exercises.
- Keeping your spine neutral, hinge at the hips to grasp the kettlebell handles.
- Push back to the upright position while keeping your abs braced.
- Walk with the kettlebells hanging at your sides. We recommend beginning with a 30 second carry. To increase the challenge, go for a longer time or use a heavier