Having Trouble with Kettlebell Swings? Here’s a Tip!
Kettlebells are great for quick weight loss, building lean muscle, and boosting your fitness. But, when you’re starting, it’s easy to do them wrong. This is really important for everyone, but if you’re over 40, it’s especially key. Using the right form can protect your body, be kinder to your joints, and prevent injury.
Do your knees move forward when you swing your kettlebell? If they do, try putting a pad, a board, or some weight plates under your toes. This trick will shift your weight back to your heels and stop your knees from going too forward.
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I realize that you’re also a kettlebell enthusiast. Kettlebells happen to be my area of expertise, and if you’re currently reading this article, it’s likely because you’re subscribed to my email list or follow me on social media, among other possibilities.
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5×5 Kettlebell Challenge – Week 4 / Workout 1
PART 1 – Do 5 reps of exercise one. Rest 60-120 seconds. Do 5 reps of exercise 2. Rest 60-120 seconds. Go back to exercise one and complete a total of five rounds. When you can get 5 sets of 5 reps of each exercise, progress – adjust lifting tempo, reduce rest period, pick a harder exercise variation, or increase weight:
– Single / Double KB Press (5 reps per side)
– Single / Double KB Swing (5 reps per side single arm swings / 5 reps total double swings)
PART 2 – Do 5 reps of exercise one. Rest 60-120 seconds. Do 5 reps of exercise 2. Rest 60-120 seconds. Go back to exercise one and complete a total of five rounds. When you can get 5 sets of 5 reps of each exercise, progress – adjust lifting tempo, reduce rest period, pick a harder exercise variation, or increase weight:
– Single / Double KB Row (IF no heavier weights available – can go to 10-15 reps on your rows)
– Single / Double KB Squat
PART 3 – Perform the circuit below with no rest between exercises. Rest 1 minute after completing the circuit. Repeat the circuit twice more for a total of 3 rounds, resting 1 minute between each:
– Total Body Extension – 30 seconds
– Push-up Plank – 30 seconds
– Lying Bridge Hold – 30 seconds
– Jumping Jack – 30 seconds
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The Start and Stop Swing: A Kettlebell Exercise for Strength
Most people think of the kettlebell as a cardio / conditioning tool, but it can also be used for building strength and muscle. Lifting heavy weights on a regular basis is key to getting stronger, so it’s important to pick exercises where you can move a lot of weight. The start and stop swing is a great choice for this goal.
To perform the start and stop swing, start in a STANDING position with your abs braced, your shoulders down and back, and your body ready to rock. Then, pass the KB back, swing it up to approx chest level, swing it back, and park it on the ground after EVERY REP.
The start and stop kettlebell swing is a great move for many reasons. Some benefits include the ability to handle progressive overload, practice with starting and stopping positions, using latissimus dorsi muscles, and staying in a safe position. These are just a few of the reasons you should add the kettlebell swing to your strength training today!
NEW VIDEO – If you’re looking for a way to ease up on your body and joints while still being able to perform kettlebell snatches effectively, then today’s tip is for you! Check out the new video breaking down the technique below:
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Ladders are a great way to get in a full-body workout in a short amount of time. This 20-minute KB ladder workout is perfect for those days when you don’t have a lot of time to spare but still want to get a good workout in:
20-Minute KB Ladder Workout For A Full-Body Burn
Get as many rounds as you can in 20 minutes of:
– 5 KB presses per side
– 10 burpees
– 15 one arm KB rows per side
– 20 alternating reverse KB goblet lunges / 10 per side
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I got turned on to the rucking thing a couple of years ago because I was looking for a way to get a workout similar to running without the impact.
In basic terms, rucking is just where you throw some weight in your backpack and go for a walk.
Here are a few additional tips:
– Walk fast and with a purpose. You want to get your heart rate up to around 50-70% of max. – Not required, but try to see if you can find some uneven / hilly terrain to ruck. – Start with 20 pounds or so, work up to 50+. – Start with 30 mins, work up to 60+.
A kettlebell is actually a really great weight to use for this workout. Plus, you can take it out at some point during the workout, do some KB moves, do some bodyweight exercises, and then finish off by rucking back to where you started.
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When you’re doing kettlebell Turkish get-ups, do you make this mistake? Most people just try to grab the kettlebell from a lying position on their back to get it into the starting position. However, this puts the shoulder in a vulnerable position.
Instead, when you pick up the kettlebell to start a Turkish Get Up, roll to your side, use both hands, pull it to your body, roll to your back, and press it up safely to start.
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– Forest Vance Master of Science, Human Movement Kettlebell Expert Over 40 Training Specialist KettlebellBasics.net
I have three new kettlebell and bodyweight tabata workouts for you to try.
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This workout style is based on one of the pioneer studies on HIIT training.
The great thing about this method is, with it, you can get a great workout in only four minutes time! All you need is a single kettlebell to do these sessions.
The way you do it is:
– 20 seconds of all-out intensity
– 10 seconds of rest
– Repeat for 8 intervals
Each of the sequences below can be an entire Tabata workout in themselves. Or, for a serious challenge, try them all in one session!
SEQUENCE ONE: One Hand Swings – Eight rounds of 20 seconds on – 10 seconds off. Do four rounds left / four rounds right; alternate hands each round.
SEQUENCE TWO: Squat to Overhead Press – Eight rounds of 20 seconds on – 10 seconds off. Do four rounds left / four rounds right; alternate hands each round.
SEQUENCE THREE: Burpees – Eight rounds of 20 seconds on – 10 seconds off.
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