Kindal doing a halo which is an arm and core kettlebell exercise.

Are Kettlebells a Full Body Workout?


But it doesn't have to be.

Kettlebells are a piece of strength based equipment like dumbbells, barbells, among a lot of other cool pieces of equipment.

But kettlebells are unique in a few ways and this allows them to become a total body workout unlike any other piece of strength equipment.

Here are examples of total body kettlebell exercises:

Turkish Get Ups

If I had to pick one exercise of all possible exercises that was the most total body... get ups would probably be it.

Here's a short sequence of getting up from the ground to standing.

And think about it... you have to get all the way back down to the ground.

Read my post about how to do a turkish get up step by step .

Kettlebell Swings

Kettlebell swings are a total body strength and cardio workout... one of the best.

Swings are primarily a butt and hamstring exercise but you need your entire body to control the movement.


Snatches are more cardio than strength... but if you go heavier you will get a serious strength workout with cardio.

Kettlebell snatches are one of the better total body exercises.


Windmills are a unique kettlebell total body exercise.

You need your shoulders and some serious core strength. When you go heavy... things get really interesting.

Off Center Of Gravity

When you hold a kettlebell... the bell hangs off to the side of your arm. This is known as an off center of gravity.

This causes your body to recruit more muscle to support the weight and every movement/exercise you do with kettlebells.

Kettlebells and barbells can't provide this extra off center of gravity benefit like kettlebells.

Kettlebell Are Great For Total Body Exercises

I highly encourage you to learn how to workout with kettlebells for some of the most effective total body workouts.

Remember, you can still use kettlebells for isolation moves which only get better because of the offset nature of kettlebell training.

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  • Plus so much more!

Membership in this group is severely limited so go find out if there are open spots. If there are, don't pass up the chance to join.

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And to get the word out... I'm hosting a FREE workout this Saturday the 27th.

  • A 30 minute bodyweight interval workout
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