52 Kettlebell Exercises – Easy to Difficult
There are lots of different kettlebell exercises that you can perform, some are more challenging than others.
You will find that there is a natural progression when it comes to training with certain kettlebell exercises so it is important to start at the beginning. If you decide to jump to the more advanced kettlebell exercises without building up your fundamental skills first then your technique will suffer and there is a high chance of injury.
Kettlebell Exercises List
Here is a list of Kettlebell Exercises starting with the fundamental and most important at the top. Become skilled and proficient in each kettlebell exercise before moving on to the next. You can thank me for this later
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Great warm up exercise that helps to acclimatise you to the kettlebell. Also a good exercise to use as active recovery rather than resting between exercises.
Warm up your shoulder girdle, improve your shoulder mobility and strengthen your shoulders with this exercise.
Loosen up and strengthen your hamstrings with this kettlebell exercise. Be careful not to arch your lower back during this movement.
Fundamental kettlebell exercise that strengthens most muscles in the body but in particular the Glutes, Hamstrings and Quads. An excellent starter exercise to practice before moving onto the kettlebell swing.
A tricky exercise that will help to balance out the left and right side of your body. Excellent for working on your core muscles that connect your opposite shoulder to opposite hip.
The king of all kettlebell exercises. Works almost every muscle in your body without you having to even move your feet.
Slightly more challenging for your core muscles and shoulder stability than the two handed swing. Tougher on your grip strength too!
Keep the kettlebell moving from one hand to the other as you swing. Easier for your grip than the continuous one handed swing.
One of the most important kettlebell exercises. Challenge your core and mobility as you stand up and lie back down again, all while holding the kettlebell.
Rather than starting from the ground you begin standing up with this version of the Turkish Get Up.
Holding the Kettlebell upside down you perform a regular squat. Brilliant kettlebell exercise that should not be avoided.
The same as a regular squat but holding the kettlebell with just one hand in the racked position.
Fundamental exercise for your Buttocks that will also help improve your mobility too.
Works into the back of the upper body and is also challenging for the core muscles due to the rotational forces caused by the kettlebell.
A row performed at the side of the body. This row variation also focuses into the back of the shoulder.
Improve your shoulder and hip mobility with this kettlebell exercise. Great for strengthening your core muscles too!
Great way to improve your shoulder stability before you begin overhead pressing exercises.
The clean takes the kettlebell from the floor to the racked position in one smooth movement. When performed correctly this movement uses most muscles in the body.
Improve your Clean technique and strengthen your wrists and core muscles with this exercise variation. Great as a warm up movement too!
Fast and dynamic this kettlebell exercise will elevate your heart rate quicker than almost all other exercises.
Develop strength and flexibility with this lateral movement. Can be a very cardiovascular exercise too.
Tough strength based kettlebell exercise that will also improve your hip flexibility. Be careful to warm up well before going to deep with this movement.
Excellent for improving your mobility and challenging your stability as you add a twist into the regular lunge.
Tough version of the lunge that really overloads the movement pattern. This exercise seriously raises your heart rate too.
Focus more on your shoulders by pressing from a double kneeling position. Great exercise for beginners.
Challenge your core and Glute activation by pressing a kettlebell overhead while in the half kneeling position.
Brilliant kettlebell exercise for developing brute strength in the shoulder muscles. Keep your whole body tight for additional muscle activation.
Help get the kettlebell out of the most difficult pressing position by using a push press. The push press is an excellent way to work on a heavy weight or continue to press when the shoulders get tired.
Putting two of the big exercises together you achieve a movement that takes the kettlebell from the floor to the top of the press. Very challenging, full body exercise.
If you struggle with the overhead press then you can make it slightly easier by adding a push into the movement to take the kettlebell out of the sticking point.
Very cardiovascular exercise that works most muscles of the body. A great progression after the Kettlebell Squat.
32 Kettlebell Thruster (Squat and Press)
Challenging exercise that will condition the body from head to toe as well as your heart and lunges.
During this kettlebell exercise your feet never move but you do overload the one side of your body. Great for improving your balance and stability too.
More difficult variation of the lunge that works the upper body as well as the lower body. Get your heart and lungs ready for this one.
Tough combination of moves that uses a double hip bend making the movement very demanding. Can take a little practice to remember the sequence of moves.
Challenge your core muscles and shoulder stability as your perform the lunge while holding the kettlebell overhead. Make sure you always keep your arm locked for this exercise.
Even more difficult than the variation above. The walking movement places even further demands on your core and shoulder stability.
Good shoulder exercise as well as developing your core and hip mobility. Ensure you come down nice and slowly after sitting up.
Take the swing to a whole new level as your drive the kettlebell overhead using almost every muscle in your body. Requires good timing and a high level of kettlebell skill to master this exercise.
Massive core exercise that also working into the back of the body too. Before even attempting this exercise you should be able to perform a good solid plank for at least 60 seconds.
Start moving your feet as you swing to add another dimension to this classic kettlebell exercise. Requires good timing and the ability to swing well to perform this exercise safely.
Great core and grip strength as well as body alignment is needed to press the kettlebell overhead while in the upside down position.
You will need excellent shoulder and hip mobility as well as strength in the shoulders to perform this advanced kettlebell exercise.
The ultimate leg exercise that will challenge your strength, flexibility and balance. One of my personal favourites!
Challenge the lunge movement pattern by passing the kettlebell between your legs during each step. Make sure you keep your core engaged and back flat throughout the movement.
Tough kettlebell exercise that requires good shoulder and hip mobility as well as shoulder stability. Become great at the regular Squat and Press before taking on this exercise.
Big core exercise that requires good shoulder stability too. You can make the exercise easier by using the weight of the kettlebell to help pull you up.
A personal favorite of mine. You will need excellent hip mobility to enable you to get your hips underneath you on the way up from the bottom position.
Great for challenging your balance but more importantly your core strength as you clean the kettlebell standing on only one leg.
Funky kettlebell exercise that takes some getting used to. Once mastered it targets practically every muscle including your heart.
Struggle with shoulder mobility? If so this kettlebell exercise will help to open up your thoracic spine and shoulder girdle as well as developing your shoulder stabilising muscles.
Very advanced kettlebell exercise that takes the swing to a new rotational level. Be super careful of your front knee as the kettlebell comes across your body.
Leave me a comment below, and let me know if you have tried any of the kettlebell exercises on this list. What were your results?