Lifetime Kettlebell Fitness Sample Workout

Just finished putting the finishing touches on a brand new kettlebell program … and I thought I’d share with you a sample workout routine from the plan.  Enjoy!

– Forest


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Lifetime Kettlebell Fitness Workout – Week Three

We’ll be building on what we’ve done so far and introducing your next foundational kettlebell exercise – the Turkish get up.

Warm Up

  • Box Squat – 10-15 repetitions
  • Hamstring/Hip Flexor Stretch Combo

Perform these two exercises back-to-back without rest; repeat the pair of warm-up movements twice without rest.


•Swings- 15-20 (two hand/one hand)
•’Active Rest’- :30
•½ Turkish get up – 3 ea side
•’Active Rest’- :30

Continue this sequence non-stop for 15 minutes.

Cool Down

5 minutes of static stretching – tight muscle groups only


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If you’re a beginner kettlebell enthusiast and want a program that teaches you how to both how to train with them the right way and outlines a step-by-step plan to learn the basics …

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Kettlebells For Seniors (part 2)

In part one of this “Kettlebell for Seniors” series, I outlined the benefits of kettlebell training for seniors and provided a sample KB workout …

(For the record, I also mentioned that I’m personally not a big fan of the term ‘senior’. The images it conjures up are far different than the folks in the 50+ age group that, for example, I’ve met and trained with at RKC events.  I have personal training and boot camp clients that defy ‘senior’ in every sense of the word.  And I certainly won’t be excited about being called a senior myself 20 or so years from now :))

I still get emails almost daily, though, with questions about exercise progressions/regressions, modifications, technique pointers, etc. for this specific demographic … so I thought I’d put together a  list of the top 10 articles/videos/etc. on for seniors:

1. The Kettlebell Swing 

The most basic of HardStyle kettlebell moves – I start all of my kettlebell training clients, no matter their starting fitness level or goals, with some kind of variation of the swing.

2. The Turkish Get Up

Along with the swing, the TGU completes the core duo of HardStyle kettlebell moves.  This post includes a video showing the 1/2 get up as well … a valuable variation of the exercise when you’re just getting started.

3. A Beginner Kettlebell Workout 

Simple yet tough workout that incorporates the swing and TGU.

4. My Kettlebell Story

My personal story about how I got into kettlebell training, and how you can learn from the mistakes I made when starting out.

5. How To Select The Right Size Kettlebell

How to figure out the proper size kettlebell to start with.

6. The Kettlebell Squat 

The next kettlebell exercise you should learn after the swing and TGU.

7. Troubleshooting the Turkish Get Up 

A great post about common problems – and fixes – folks experience with the Turkish get up.

8. Perfecting Your Kettlebell Swing 

A post that breaks down your kettlebell swing form further, covers some common mistakes and how to fix them.

9. Kettlebell Workout For Seniors 

Part one of this series that details a kettlebell workout specifically designed for seniors.

10. Two Easy Exercise Mods For KB Beginners 

Examples of two exercise modifications/regressions for kettlebell beginners – with video.

In conclusion, there are some special considerations older people should keep in mind when training with kettlebells.  This post points you towards the best information on this blog on the topic of kettlebell training for seniors.

That’s it for now – have a great week!

Forest Vance, RKC II

PS – Stay tuned for more details about a complete kettlebell workout program I have coming very soon designed specifically for seniors … and make sure to sign up for my email list if you haven’t yet to get first news of when it’ll be available!

Kettlebell Exercise For Endurance Athletes

It’s an interesting (but logical) phenomenon … I see very predictable movement problems and pain patterns with new kettlebell training clients.

For example, folks who sit all day – as in working at a desk job – typically have tight traps, pecs, shoulders and lats.

Folks who stand up for long periods of time at their jobs frequently have chronic back pain.

And folks who participate in endurance sports like running and cycling seem to have, among other things, a weak and neglected “core”.

This isn’t surprising, since many endurance sports essentially involve only straight ahead movement – movement in what we call the sagittal plane. (It’s also important to remember that the “core” referred to in this context not only includes your abdominals, but your hips, glutes, and middle/upper back muscles as well).

So here’s a kettlebell exercise that addresses these issues and is great for endurance athletes – it’s called the single leg deadlift:

Video Recap

Athletes that are involved in endurance sports like running and cycling – sports where you largely move through the sagittal plane – have specific muscles that typically get weak and neglected.

One great exercise you can do if you’re involved in these sports is the single leg deadlift (SLDL).  It’s a great move for strengthening your core, balance muscles, and glutes.

Start by doing a regular kettlebell sumo deadlift.  Keep in mind that the movement pattern for the one leg version is very similar.

Then progress to the SLDL.  Make sure that:

  • You initiate the movement with your back leg
  • Your hips stay square
  • Your hips travel backwards as your body moves towards the ground

In conclusion, endurance athletes have special strength training needs. Kettlebells are a great tool to address some of these needs.  And the SLDL exercise covered in this article/video is a great kettlebell exercise for endurance athletes.

Keep training hard and talk soon –


P.S. The SLDL is just a starting point in your kettlebell training for endurance sports … for a complete and well thought-out workout program that takes on the movement and pain issues endurance athletes have and stops them in their tracks, click here ——>>kettlebell/body weight workout for endurance athletes

119 Kettlebell Routines, Exercises and Videos

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We’ve been working hard this week to organize and bring everything 100% up to date.  Getting around and finding everything you need to reach your kettlebell training goals should now be easier than ever.

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Thanks for your support and talk soon –

Forest Vance, MS, CPT, RKC II

Kettlebell Workout For Men

kettlebell workout for men
kettlebell workout for men

If you’re a meathead at heart … if your chief fitness pursuit is muscle size and strength at the expense of everything else … kettlebells may not be the best training implement for you.

On the other hand, if you’re looking to get lean and strong, to build strength without bulk … if you’re looking to gain lean muscle in your shoulders and arms, to trim and tone your stomach … then kettlebell training may be right up your alley.

In this article, I’m going to go over some common fitness goals men have, explain how working out with kettlebells can help you reach those goals more effectively and efficiently, and then outline a new and unique kettlebell workout for men.


Here’s a short list of some common fitness goals men have:

  • Add lean muscle in the shoulders and arms
  • Trim and tone the stomach area
  • “All around fitness” – maintain the ability to do things like run a couple of miles or play a game of pick-up basketball at any time
  • Strengthen the lower body without bulking it up
  • Feel great and be healthy


Here’s how kettlebell training can help you reach the above listed fitness goals:

  • Kettlebells build strength and endurance with unique high-repetition exercises like the swing and snatch.
  • Kettlebells allow you to train both aerobically and anaerobically within a single workout, therefore allowing you to develop both cardiovascular and strength enhancements.
  • Kettlebells can help you build increased strength without increase of mass. Kettlebell exercisers are lean and toned, not bulky.

Kettlebell Workout For Men

Based on what we’ve discussed so far, here’s a sample kettlebell workout for men:

(warm up)

  • slingshots
  • close grip push ups

These two exercises done at a low intensity will get your upper body warmed up and involve the core and lower body a bit, too. Perform two sets of each exercise, doing as many reps as you can in 30 seconds for each working set.

(main workout)

  • One Arm Rack Squat – 8 reps R, 8 reps L
  • Renegade Row – 6 reps ea side
  • Turkish Get Up – 1 rep ea side

These three exercises hit your upper body and abs in a unique way.  Perform each exercise for the prescribed number of reps, rest for 30 seconds, and then move to the next exercise in the sequence.  Perform a total of three sets of each exercise.

(conditioning finisher)

  • Swings – two hand, one hand, or hand-to-hand – 100 as fast as possible

Quick finisher to end the workout strong!

In conclusion, if your main fitness goals are to put on size and strength, kettlebells may not be the best fitness tool for you.  On the other hand, if you’re looking to gain lean muscle and shoot your conditioning through the roof, try this kettlebell workout for men!

Train hard and talk soon –

Forest Vance, MS, CPT, RKC II

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P.P.S.  Some additional kettlebell workouts for men resources:

Premium Kettlebell Workouts Mega-Bundle

Men’s Kettlebell, Book & DVD Quick Start Pack

Kettlebell Basics Weekly Workouts Club

7 Great Kettlebell/Body Weight/Conditioning GymBoss Workouts

The GymBoss Interval Timer

Whether you’re keeping track of rest periods between sets, the length of your entire workout, if you’re doing as many reps as you can in a pre-determined amount of time, or if you’re doing a specific interval method like the Tabata protocol, having a reliable and accurate way to time yourself is essential.

A simple stopwatch is one solution, but it doesn’t give you much flexibility, and it definitely leaves a few features to be desired.  The GymBoss interval timer is a nifty little device and offers a perfect solution.  Rather than list out all of the specific features and advantages it offers, I thought I’d just put together a list of seven cool kettlebell/ body weight/ conditioning GymBoss workouts you can try yourself … so you can get some new workout ideas and see how the timer works at the same time.

7 Great Kettlebell/ Body Weight/ Conditioning GymBoss Workouts

  1. – How you can use the GymBoss for GPP/conditioning
  2. – Sample CrossFit workouts with the GymBoss
  3. – An at home GymBoss workout
  4. – Run-down of various workouts/etc. you can do with the GymBoss
  5. – Tabata kettlebell workout
  6. – Another Tabata workout with kettlebells and body weight
  7. – Even more Tabata workouts w/ the Gymboss

Having an accurate and reliable way to time your work/rest intervals during a workout is essential.  The GymBoss interval timer is a great solution … and the seven workouts in this article are a great starting point for your training efforts.

Keep working hard –


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