Kettlebell Training – Where to Start

New to kettlebell training?

Intrigued by the dynamic, often ballistic KB movements that work the entire body and include elements of both strength and cardio – but not quite sure where to start?

This article is for you.  It may seem simple on first read – but don’t let that fool you.  Follow this simple plan and you’ll be well on your way to reaching your ultimate fitness goals with kettlebell training …

Kettlebell Basics – Where to Start

1. Get kettlebell(s)

Make sure you’re getting the right size and selection of KB’s for your specific goals, starting fitness level, etc.  It’s very important that you choose the right KB to start – and the process might not be as straight-forward as you think.

I shot a video on this exact topic a few months back – check it out by clicking the link below to help you make your decision:

What Size Kettlebell to Use


2. Learn the basic exercises

Kettlebell training is more like learning a new sport skill than an exercise routine in many ways.  A kettlebell swing is FAR more technical that, say, a bicep curl or push up.  And the more advanced moves all hinge on two basics in the HardStyle system – so you MUST get a grasp on them first …

The two basic HardStyle kettlebell exercises are the swing and the Turkish get up.  Spend time learning them.  Practice them.  Get someone who knows what to look for to check out your form.  Master them.  And have the discipline to do so before you move on to more advanced exercises.

This article will teach you the basics of the Swing and the Turkish Get Up.  It includes both video instruction and a sample workout incorporating the two moves:

The Best Kettlebell Exercises For Beginners


3. Next Steps

Once you’ve “earned the right” to move on to more advanced kettlebell training moves (by mastering the Swing and Get Up!), you can learn the clean and press and the snatch.

This article will teach you the next movements in your progression:

The Best Kettlebell Exercises For Beginners (revisited)


In summary, learning the basics of kettlebell training is simple – but not easy.  It takes patience and mental discipline to stick with the basics and master them before moving on to more interesting and exotic movements.  But trust me – you’ll be glad you did in the end.

Train hard, and talk soon –

Forest Vance, RKC II

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