This workout is unique and fun!
And while it's really tough... it's a workout design that energizes you as you get closer to finishing.
No joke... you will get more excited and you'll actually work harder as this workout goes on, all because of the design.
So let's get into it!
5 Minute Kettlebell Workout - The Thinning Breakdown
I call this workout The Thinning (sounds kinda scary) because it's a race to zero workout.
But it's not only a race to zero... the way I structured the reps and exercises, as you get to the end of the workout... exercises will start disappearing and the workout will get shorter.
Let me show you how this goes...
8 Kettlebell sling shots
7 Kettlebell snatches
6 Shoulder presses weak side only
5 Racked squats strong side only
4 Kettlebell cleans per side - heavier
You'll go through the entire circuit.
Each round ALL REPS will drop by one.
Here's where the magic happens...
After four rounds the kettlebell cleans get removed.
After five rounds the racked squats get removed.
Each successive round an exercise gets removed... and this is where things get really fun and energizing. It's exciting to see the exercises disappear.
The Thinning Workout Notes
This is a kettlebell workout... you can't really do it with dumbbells.
The shoulder presses are ALWAYS on the weak side.
Racked squats are ALWAYS on the strong arm.
This is a type of training not enough people do. By exercising your weak side only... you're actually bringing balance to your body.
Nearly every human being has one side of their body that's stronger than the other. This is - obviously - called the weak side.
And yet most programs and apps make workouts that are "balanced"... ie - workouts where the two sides of your body are always using the same weight.
But in reality, if you want to create a balanced body... you would "over-exercise" the arm that's weaker... the legs that's weaker... the part of your back that's underdeveloped.
This brings balance to your body. It's very much like rehabilitation training... and easy to add into any workout.
Work the weak side of your body more buy using heavier weights or adding in additional reps. Or just join FWW LIVE and I'll help bring balance to your workouts for you!
5 Minute Kettlebell Workout - The Thinning Exercise Breakdown
Kettlebell Sling Shots
This is a really fun exercise. Sling shots can both be a tough exercise but also a way to seamlessly transition the kettlebell to the other side of your body.
Sling shots are important to learn.
Start with the kettlebell in racked position. It doesn't matter which arm you choose to start with.
Throw the kettlebell out from rack as if you were going into a single kettlebell swing.
As the kettlebell flows through your legs... squat down just a little because you're going to pass the kettlebell to your other hand immediately after it passes through your legs.
This will take practice. The key is to MAKE SURE the kettlebell passes straight through your legs. Don't let it hug too tight towards the side of your body that you're passing the kettlebell to.
Be very careful as you learn sling shots. It's very possible to hit your knee as you pass the kettlebell between your legs.
This is why it's VITAL you ensure the kettlebell passes through the middle of your legs.
It's easy to favor the side where you'll pass the kettlebell. And if you get too close your legs... you can easily hit your knee.
It hurts so please be careful!
After you pass the kettlebell to your other arm... fire out of your mini squat (with a little hip hinge). This will create speed as the kettlebell flings around your body.
You're going to direct the kettlebell across the front of your body and catch it up at your opposite shoulder. This is not a rack position... take a look at the images.
Push the kettlebell back off your chest and you'll go immediately into the next rep by letting the kettlebell swing between your legs.
This is a smooth and fast exercise that connects from one rep to the next gracefully.
Again... sling shots will take practice. But, once you get the hang of them... they are a lot of fun.
Hike the kettlebell back so you're in a strong loaded position.
Make sure you let your other arm go back and through the entire snatch, it will mimic the arm that is carrying the kettlebell.
From the loaded position... fire your hips hard to get the kettlebell moving.
As you're nearly standing straight up and the kettlebell passes between your legs... pull up on the kettlebell to redirect it straight up.
Keep your elbow close to your body and as the kettlebell get's to just past chest height... punch around the kettlebell so you can smoothly catch it on your forearm as you press your arm and reach it all the way up above your head.
Make sure you read my post about how to do a kettlebell snatch . This a FAST movement and as you get better... it will become silky smooth and graceful.
Kettlebell Shoulder Presses
Start with the kettlebell in rack position. Remember... in this workout you will ALWAYS use your weak side.
Make sure... if you were to open your hand... the palm of your hand is facing across your body.
Start the press motion by rotating your arm laterally out to the side.
And at nearly the same time... you'll begin pressing the kettlebell over your head.
It's an out and up motion. Check out the images.
Press the kettlebell over your head to full extension. Really work on reaching up high each time. It's easy to get a little lazy and not fully extend up.
By extending all the way up you're maximizing the muscle engagement. This is important.
Kettlebell Racked Squats
Start in rack position with your feet about hip to shoulder width.
Before you even squat... lightly twist your feet into the ground so your legs are fully engaged. Hold your core engaged... not crunched... but fully engaged.
Squat down. For this workout let's go just below parallel if you can get down that far.
Use a box as a guide for how low to squat. I use boxes and medicine balls all the time to assist with my squats.
Make sure you keep twisting your feet into the ground. This will lightly push your knees out.
Knee out toward the outside of your foot is mechanically a strong position.
Plus it will help keep your knees from caving in.
Finally keep your torso tall. If you're new to squats... only go down as far as when your torso starts to bend forward. This is the level where mobility issues arise.
Hike the kettlebell back so you're in a strong loaded position.
For cleans you don't have to be in a deep hip hinge position compared to a snatch. But since we are going heavy... it can help to go a little deeper than for a normal clean.
Fire from your hips with control and as the kettlebell comes between your legs pull on on the kettlebell to redirect it straight up.
Make sure you keep your elbow close to your body. This means your arm will bend.
As the kettlebell is moving up and it gets about about stomach height... punch around the kettlebell and bring it to rack position.
The punch around will take practice if you're new. Purchase my Strong program and go through my full Kettlebell Clinic. It's the first part of the program.
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