I created this full body kettlebell workout for you all in association with Argos. Yes, that’s me in the illustration- how cool?! I chose moves that target your whole body, your glutes, hamstrings, shoulders, arms, back and core- what more could you want?! I wanted to put together a workout that could be done at home or at the gym, with minimal equipment. I also wanted the workout to be effective but not take up a lot of time. So here we are, five simple moves using only this Maxitone 8kg Kettlebell from Argos.
To do this workout, repeat each move for a number of reps that is comfortable, yet challenging. Aim for between 10-15 reps and as you get stronger and the workout becomes easier, increase the number of reps. Keep reading for a detailed breakdown of this full body kettlebell workout.
1. Standing Upright Rows
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your knees slightly bent, back straight and shoulders relaxed. Hold the kettlebell with both hands down in front of your pelvis. Keeping your shoulders relaxed, raise the kettlebell up in front of your chest (be careful not to hit your lady lumps!), hold for a second and lower down again. Repeat.
2. One-Arm Kettlebell Rows
Step with your left foot into a forward lunge, rest your left arm on your thigh, bringing your chest down towards your left knee. Keep your head upright and your back straight. Holding the kettlebell in your right hand, raise it up in a straight line towards your chest, hold for a second and lower down again. Repeat 10-15 times and then switch the kettlebell to your left hand. Repeat again.
3. Kettlebell Swings
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Keep your knees slightly bent, back straight and head upright. Snap your hips forward and swing the kettlebell up to chest height in one motion. The momentum of your hips moving forward should raise the kettlebell without you really feeling like you’re lifting it. Lower the kettlebell and drive your hips backwards. Repeat.
4. Stiff-Legged Deadlifts
Stand with your feet hip-width apart. Bend forward at the hips, keep your back straight and your head upright. Hold the kettlebell with both hands parallel to your shoulders. If you find your back is arching, practice in front of a mirror first. Raise your shoulders until you are standing upright. Hold for a second and squeeze your glutes. Lower the kettlebell down again and repeat.
5. Russian Twists
Sit down on the floor with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor. Lean backwards, keeping your back neutral and raise your feet off the floor, crossing your ankles. Your gluteus maximus should be the only part of you touching the floor. Pick up the kettlebell and twist your shoulders to your left side, twist to your right side keeping your abs pulled in tight. Repeat.
So there we have it, I hope you enjoyed this workout! A kettlebell is so versatile, there are many exercises you can do, targeting many different muscle groups. If you want to get fitter, stronger and toned then I recommend you get a kettlebell as you can easily work out in your home. Let me know if you do this workout and if you would like to see more of these types of posts on my blog.
Maxitone 8kg Kettlebell | £19.99 from Argos (*The kettlebell was gifted to me)