Curious about kettlebells? Before you get started with an actual workout, you may be wondering how to use kettlebells to make the most out of your strength training routine.
Kettlebell newbies, we have you covered. In this video, the first installment of Sweat With SELF’s new Kettlebells 101 series, we’ll answer some important basic kettlebell questions that’ll help you prep for your workout. Lee Jimenez, a certified kettlebell level 1 instructor and ACE-certified personal trainer, and ACE-certified personal trainer Tiffany Ragozzino will take you through some of the most common questions many new exercisers have. Then, they’ll demo some basic kettlebell moves that put it all into practice.
The video begins with some important information on how to buy a kettlebell. Hint: If you’ll be working out at home, you may want to look for a rubberized kettlebell, which can help protect your floors. It’ll also help you decide on which kettlebell weights to purchase—and why it’s important to have a variety of weights to choose from for all the different beginner kettlebell exercises out there that you’ll be trying!
Then we’ll get into the parts of a kettlebell. This is super important, because even just holding a kettlebell can be intimidating for people who are just getting started. In this video, Jimenez and Ragozzino will break down the parts of a kettlebell as well as a few common ways to hold it based on the exercises you’re doing. They’ll also demo the best way to pick up the kettlebell to help stave off injury.
Finally, they’ll put all this info to the test by showing you how to do a few common beginner kettlebell exercises, such as the deadlift, squat, and kettlebell swing. They’ll also go through some common mistakes people tend to make with these popular kettlebell exercises. Keeping your form on target is vital no matter what kind of exercise you’re doing, but it’s especially important when we’re adding weight to the mix.
Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to know about how to use kettlebells so you’ll feel ready to crush your first kettlebell workout! (May we suggest this 30-minute, full-body kettlebell routine?)