Kettlebell Exercises For Abs

One great thing I noticed about Kettlebells exercises is that they are awesome for the abs. In this post, I will go through some simple workouts you can do to get abs to be proud of, no matter whether you are a man or a woman.

It Takes More Than Just Sit-Ups

There seems to be a common belief that the key to getting good abs is sit-ups. For me, I can never get good abs from doing sit-ups. I get the aches and pains but not the muscles. Maybe I can’t sustain them for long enough, or maybe I just do them wrong!

I tried doing “curls” (mini sit-ups, better for the back) once as well and while it was relatively easy for me to do, I couldn’t maintain it. Why?

With this type of exercise, I need to see results instantly,  and this type of exercise doesn’t give instant results.

What I am saying is, when I do workouts for a specific goal (building a certain muscle) I can’t do it for more than a couple of weeks, but when I am doing it as part of a routine or a fun activity like a sport, I can do it forever.

Look At The Bigger Picture And Do A Routine

I am a firm believer that the key to improving any part of your body is to do a routine or sport that works on not only one aspect of your health and fitness. For me, this is because you won’t be focusing in your mind on just one thing, and won’t be impatient or frustrated at a lack of results.

If you are thinking about the bigger picture, then the other things, in this case your abs, will take care of themselves.

Still, with that said, here are some useful ab exercises you can do as part of a bigger routine. If you want to know more about routines that you can do, keep reading.

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Kettlebell Exercises For Abs

Kettlebell sit-ups (2hand or 1hand)

This one courtesy of FitnessWithRachel.

Don’t worry if you can’t make it look as easy as she does, it takes practice, but is well worth it.

Kettlebell Russian Twists

Thanks to IronCoreKettlebells for this one

Kettlebell Swing

I’ve talked about this one before and it is a great exercise for both arms and abs.

Thanks to Kbqueen.

Putting It All Together

As I mentioned earlier, these exercises are a good start, but are better as part of a wider routine. You may be thinking that you do not have the time to perform a wider routine, or that you just want to get a flat stomach/six-pack and you will be happy, but you can actually find some very good routines and DVDs.

The most important thing to remember is that you should be working out for your own enjoyment as well as results. I can go cycling all year round or play sport all year round because I enjoy it, and as such I have decent legs, but if you asked me to go to the gym and do leg exercises, I would give up after two weeks.

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It's more than just a DVD, it's a full-on program. 


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.

Paula - October 16, 2013

I have been doing my ellliptical for a little over 2 months at 4 to 5 times per week. Was looking to do something to break up the monotony and remembered I had a kettlebell at home so I will start alternating my kb routine with my elliptical and hope that helps.

    Dom - October 22, 2013

    Ah soon you will find yourself using the Kettlebell more than anything else and will be looking for something to break up THAT routine ! Let me know how it goes

Ryan McCracken - July 30, 2013

This is a really good exercise and routine to get ripped fast. It’s nice to see the exercises demonstrated and to see living proof of the exercises working. Keep bringing us quality training and we will all look like the hulk soon.

    Dom - July 31, 2013

    I think the plan is to look sexy and toned but if Hulk is your thing, then go for it!

morgan - January 3, 2013

Thank you for opening my eyes to this very easy technique, I had never really thought about using it before. Hopefully it will shed some of the extra weight gained over the festive period.

    admin - January 4, 2013

    Oh yeah, all those new years resolutions about getting in shape. Many people will try P90X and not get on so well, too strenuous compared with this. Thanks for stopping by!

Tim - January 3, 2013

Getting a full workout is a great feeling for sure…and working your abs is certainly part of a full work out…..as long as you do not forget to work out those other muscles by all means get those abs looking good for the beach….me just happy to be active and feeling good…that is my goal….the abs maybe 30 years ago now….I just want to feel good…thanks Dom

    admin - January 4, 2013

    well, the main thing is that you seem motivated to make yourself feel better. I agree abs might be a bit of a “stretch” but even some light exercises will make you feel better, good luck with it!

John Stewart - January 3, 2013

Making a certain goal part of a regular workout routine produces great results

    admin - January 3, 2013

    Yeah and because it is part of a routine you won’t be too impatient with the results, just enjoy the process

Doug - January 2, 2013

Great information about Kettlebell exercising – and not just for women!

    admin - January 3, 2013

    Yep, might be a women-centric site but I have found men can find value here too 🙂

LM - January 2, 2013

that last swing video was really helpful with the tips on what not to do. I had not picked up on keeping head looking up and the also the emphasis on the hip pop. Very helpful so thanks

    admin - January 3, 2013

    Form is very important too especially with things such as swings and squats, I will try to add a better video about squats in my next post, as it is quite easy to do them wrong

Jim - January 2, 2013

I can relate to what you are saying here about making exercise a part of your regular routine. I commuted to work on my bike for decades for that reason, amongst others. I also eat a lot of whole grains and mill them with a hand mill, which is a really good workout for the arms, which boosts my abilities in sea kayaking. Problem is though, I have never been able to figure a routine for abs. Do you have any suggestions?

    admin - January 3, 2013

    I know what you are saying, abs are tricky to get a regular routine for other than just doing a bunch of squats/sit-ups. Maybe you can take up a job in heavy lifting. I do think in this situation doing a routine like Kettlebell kickboxing might be more up your street, as some feedback I have received was that it was “more fun than pain”

Mark - January 2, 2013

When I was training hard in the gym I would always put in abs at the end of the session not only to maintain them but to aid in keeping the heart rate high and burn off extra calories. I would do
3-5 sets of crunches
3-5 sets of Russian twists
3-5 sets of leg raises
3-5 sets of side bends
or a combination of these along with others added in for variety.

I can see the benefit of using the kettle bell for extra resistance as we would have used dumbbells and plates for that. Abs when trained consistently can shrink your waistline and help to build a core strength that improves your overall strength for other exercises.

Although I haven’t been as active in the gym over this last year as i would have liked my abs are still pretty hard from my earlier days of training hard. I used to love that sore felling the next day when I moved in my chair. No pain no gain!

Nice post I’m sure your readers when get the desired effect if they follow your advice!

    admin - January 3, 2013

    Thanks for the extra tips Mark, hope everyone can get a steel stomach like you then 😉

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