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Short Kettlebell Workouts You Can Do At Home

Kettlebells are one of my favorite fitness tools. They hit the sweet spot between effectiveness and affordability, and they don’t require a lot of space to use or to store.

I run a kettlebell club at my work office twice a week, and as a result I’ve built up a library of kettlebell workouts that can be done with a single kettlebell.

Single Kettlebell Workouts

All of the following kettlebell flows are designed to be done with a single kettlebell within 25-40 minutes, depending on how much rest is taken between sets. If you have more than one kettlebell available to you, some of the workouts can accommodate different sized kettlebells to change the difficulty level.

I’ll be adding to this list as time goes on, so bookmark this page and check back occasionally for new kettlebell flows. Videos that demonstrate all the workouts will be posted as soon as I can find time to record them.

If you’re looking at buying your first kettlebell, check out my kettlebell buyer’s guide for advice on how to select a quality kettlebell, sizing guidelines, and a few brand recommendations.

Beginner Level

The Basic

This is the first kettlebell workout anyone new to the kettlebell club is taught after learning how to properly perform a two-handed kettlebell swing. The focus is on reinforcing the hip hinge pattern and opening the hips and shoulders.

Don’t let the simplicity of the workout fool you – The Basic is a beast if you use a heavy kettlebell, especially for the goblet squat to overhead press.

5 rounds:

  • 20 two-hand swings
  • 10 goblet squats to overhead press
  • 10 single-leg (or kickstand) deadlifts
  • 10 pushups
  • rest till you catch your breath

 

Furious Five

Once a newcomer to the kettlebell club is comfortable with two-hand swings, we introduce five basic one-hand movements – swing, snatch, clean, press, and squat. The high pull is substituted for the snatch until the lifter is comfortable with controlling the kettlebell with one hand.

5 rounds:

  • 5 swings
  • 5 high pulls or snatches
  • 5 clean and press
  • 5 squats
  • switch hands, repeat previous kettlebell series
  • 10 pushups
  • rest till you catch your breath

Short Kettlebell Workouts - Kettlebells Kings

Beginner+ Level

Sinister Six

Once a lifter has been practicing for a while and is comfortable with the five basic movements in the Furious Five, we introduce two new moves: The overhead lunge and crazy eights (aka figure-8 to static hold). Crazy eights require more coordination by the lifter since they involve a hand switch every rep.

5 rounds:

  • 5 swings
  • 5 snatches
  • 5 clean + press + lunge
  • 5 crazy eights (kettlebell should end in hand opposite of your starting hand)
  • repeat kettlebell series with your other arm
  • 10 push ups
  • rest till you catch your breath

Short Kettlebell Workouts - Kettlebells in a line

Intermediate Level

The Afterburner

I first came up with this routine when I was short on time but still wanted to get in a workout. One round takes about 10-15 minutes depending on your speed, so if you need something quick one round with a heavier kettlebell is a great way to blast your entire body.

The afterburner requires the lifter to be able to smoothly switch hands mid-air between every swing, which requires increased coordination and focus. It also introduces the windmill and a move I call “up and over” for lack of a better name. This is a move that incorporates elements of pilates for increased core strength.

Watch the video below for a demo of an up and over.

2 rounds:

  • 50 swings, switch hands each swing
  • 10 snatches per side
  • 10 clean + press + windmill per side
  • 10 squats per side
  • 10 up and overs
  • 20 pushups
  • rest till you catch your breath

Short Kettlebell Workouts - Vulcan Strength and Kettlebell Kings

Intermediate+ Level

The Gutbuster

This workout is called the Gutbuster because it’s a lot of work and probably take the longest to do of all the routines so far. It introduces a move called the tabletop press, which requires the lifter to be comfortable in a deep squat.

At the bottom of the squat, reach back to the floor with your free hand and lean back into a one-handed hip thrust while simultaneously pressing the kettlebell toward the ceiling. Bring the kettlebell back down as you rock yourself forward into the squat position.

3 rounds:

  • 50 swings, switch hands each swing
  • 5 snatches per side
  • 5 clean + squat + tabletop press per side
  • 10 crazy eights
  • 5 up and overs
  • 10+ pushups
  • rest till you catch your breath

Single Kettlebell Flows - KBUSA

That’s all so far, stay tuned for updates as time goes on!

About the Author Mario

I’m a software engineer with a full-time job, family, and a desire to stay strong, mobile and fit. I separate fact from fiction to find the most effective and affordable home fitness options and pass the knowledge on to you. Want to know more?

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