How To Kettlebell Deadlift

The deadlift is something more associated with weight lifting using a barbell. You’ve probably seen those Olympic weight lifting events where they pick up the barbell (with a seemingly ridiculous amount of weights on each end) and lift it over their heads. Learning how to kettlebell deadlift is a lot less strenuous than using a barbell.

It’s simple, but correct form is important.

How To Kettlebell Deadlift In Four Steps

Step One: Stand over the kettlebell with your feet either side of it, about hip width apart. You should be back a little bit though, so it is between the toe ends of your feet, not the heels.

Step Two: Bend down to grasp the bell in both hands. Keep your back straight (it should be almost flat) and bend your knees a little bit. If you are familiar with performing a squat, then your legs and body should be in a similar position.

Step Three: Engage your core, and stand up straight, lifting the Kettlebell up with you as you go. Make sure you are engaging your core, so that when you reach an upright position, you stand firm. If you feel yourself needing to take a few steps back after you lift it up, your form isn’t correct. (See video below)

Step Four: Place the kettlebell down on the ground again and continue the next rep. As usual, 10-15 should be enough, but make sure you are not overdoing it.

Additional tips: As form is vital, if you can do this in front of a mirror, that is going to be of great benefit to you. Equally, you should practice a few times with something light, a ball will do, until you know you are familiar with the motions. Adding a weight into the mix always adds an extra dimension, so get the maneuver down first.

Watch It Done

This video focuses on teaching you the Hip Hinge first, (a basic part of most exercises) and starts on the deadlift at around the 2 minute mark. His form is so good though that I recommend you watch the whole thing. You should definitely learn a thing or two.

Remember to warm up correctly, only exercise as much as you can manage, and warm down again afterwards. Working out is a long term project, don’t try to do it overnight! It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

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Hey, I'm Dom. I've been using Kettlebells for over two years, and am a firm believer that men and women can do very similar routines and exercises, yet get the different results they desire. If you click here to subscribe, you'll receive my tips, tricks, and recommended workouts in your inbox automatically.

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