7 Best Kettlebell Exercises to Include in Your Workout (Healthline)

Posted: Feb 27, 2024 in In the News

This article originally appeared in Healthline on Feburary 27, 2024.


7 Best Kettlebell Exercises to Include in Your Workout

Kettlebell workouts exercise several muscle groups at once, giving your arms, legs, and abs a great workout in a short amount of time. They can improve both your strength and your cardiovascular fitness.

New exercise equipment can inject some excitement into your routine — or even help motivate you to start your fitness journey.


Kettlebells, which look like cannonballs with handles, have become a popular strength-training alternative to traditional barbells, dumbbells, and resistance machines.

Originally used as farm tools in Russia, kettlebells were reinvented as an exercise weight after strongmen performers used them in impressive feats of strength.

You can create a full-body workout using just kettlebells, or you can pick and choose specific kettlebell exercises to add to your strength-training regimen.

Here’s a look at 7 versatile kettlebell exercises to include in your workout. If you’ve been thinking about giving kettlebells a try, or want to learn new ways to use them, we’ll help get you up to speed. Read on to learn about kettlebell techniques, benefits, risks, and safety.


It’s like two workouts in one

  • Kettlebell exercises target both strength training and cardiovascular fitness.
  • According to a 2019 studyTrusted Source, a kettlebell workout is a highly effective way to improve your strength, aerobic power, and overall physical fitness.
  • Compared to resistance circuit-based training, the same study found that a regular kettlebell workout is just as effective at improving cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle strength.
  • A study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise reported that participants who completed an 8-week kettlebell training session saw noticeable improvements in their aerobic capacity.
  • After a single session of kettlebell exercises, a small 2016 studyTrusted Source showed improved glucose tolerance in young inactive men — a result that could help prevent diabetes. Kettlebell training was as effective as high intensity interval running.


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