Kettlebells are really an unsung hero of the gym. With just a few simple exercises, you can customize several different workouts to meet your needs. For experienced weight lifters, kettlebells can be a refreshing change to break up familiar workouts. For beginners, they’re a great way to transition into weight training. Isolate your muscles or create a full body workout, we think their versatility is hard to beat!
Try These Kettlebell Exercises for Your Next Workout
Probably the most common kettlebell workout you’ve seen is kettlebell swings. Starting with a squat targets the legs as well to make it a full body exercise. Begin by grasping the kettlebell handle overhand using a light weight if you are new to kettlebells and weight training. From a standing position with legs a little wider than hip width apart, sit back into a squat keeping your arms extended down and weight in your heels, at the bottom of your squat, immediately stand back up swinging the weight up until your arms are parallel with the floor. It is important to make sure you keep your weight in your heels and not pressing forward onto your toes.
When you are comfortable with kettlebells you can also adjust this to swing your arms all the way over your head. One basic move, and you already have two exercises. See what we mean?
Don’t be fooled, dumbbells aren’t the only weights in the gym you can weight train with. From bicep curls, to bent over rows, and even over-head presses, kettlebells can be your new go-to at the weight rack. The unique shape of a kettlebell allows for these swing movements to build strength and endurance encouraging core and arm strengthening. Whether incorporating the typical swing exercise movements kettlebells are known for, or using for your weight training, they work to engage the entire body at once.
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