Kettlebell swing

The kettlebell swing is an amazing exercise that not only builds overall strength, but also power. When done correctly, this move will target your posterior chain including your glutes, hamstrings, and core. On top of that, this exercise is also great for the stabilizing muscles of your shoulders and back. The kettlebell swing is a great addition to any workout and if you aren’t already including them in your routine, you should definitely consider it.

How to:

  • Before starting the kettlebell swing, you want to begin with your feet shoulder width apart and gripping the kettlebell with both hands by the handle with your palms facing your body.
  • Next you want to pull your shoulders down and back and make sure you are maintaining this position through the whole exercise. You also want to make sure that you are engaging your core as you complete the move.
  • To start the move, bend at the hips and swing the kettlebell back between your legs in a “hiking” motion. Your knees should have a slight bend at this point. Then, drive your hips forward to snap the kettlebell up to shoulder height.
  • *make sure that you only use your arms to control the kettlebell, not to pull it up.
  • Using your arms to control the descent of the kettlebell, you can move right into the next rep. Once you complete your set you can let the kettlebell swing between your legs, slowing its momentum, before setting it on the ground.

Give the kettlebell swing a try today and if you want to make sure you are properly executing the exercise, stop by the trainers office!