Kettlebell Exercises For Beginners

It can sometimes be tricky for people just starting out to know what the best kettlebell exercises for beginners actually are. Even here on this site, I sort exercises in one “exercises” category and not by their difficulty level. (I should fix that).

Bearing this in mind, today’s post is going to be a sort of index page of some of the best beginner kettlebell exercises, and I’ll link you over to the relevant post for that particular exercise.

FiveĀ Kettlebell Exercises For Beginners

1. Kettlebell Swing

This is probably where all beginners start out. I’ve covered it a few times before, and it appears in more of my lists than any other exercise, but it would just be silly to leave it out here. Even advanced users still have the swing as a mainstay of their workout routines.

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2. Windmills

Another staple of the beginner workout, Kettlebell windmills will work on multiple parts of your body at once. It’s important to get correct form (as with all exercises), so do watch the video on this post to learn more.

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3. Ā Figure – 8

This one is classed by some as “Intermediate”, but it shouldn’t be long before you feel ready for it, so I’m including it in this list. The best way to learn a new exercise is to practice the form first, using something nowhere near as heavy as the Kettlebell. Once you feel confident that you are doing it correctly, move on.

View Figure-8 video.

4. Kettlebell Row

You can do this with two arms or one. As a beginner, I would recommend you only use one. Feel free to try it out with two as you get more confident though, but don’t overdo it. You can adapt the two-armed exercise in this post and just do it with one.

5. Kettlebell Slingshot

Another one which could be classed as Intermediate, I’ve included it because it doesn’t get as much attention as it deserves and not enough people know about it. Check it out here to become one of the ones who does!

Additional Tips

Please, please, please remember to exercise correctly. Warm up first, practice correct form, and never do more than you can manage.

For women, the best way to tone up and get fit and healthy is to perform more repetitions, over a longer time frame, using smaller weights. If you ever feel you are struggling to maintain your consistency, just stop doing the exercise. You don’t need to burn out.

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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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