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5 Intermediate Kettlebell Exercises with 3 Follow Along Workouts

By Greg Brookes
5 Intermediate Kettlebell Exercises with 3 Follow Along Workouts

Once you have mastered the 5 beginners kettlebell exercises then you can begin to take your kettlebell training to the next level with these 5 intermediate kettlebell exercises.

Building a solid kettlebell foundation with the beginners exercises is important to condition your tendons and ligaments which are heavily influenced during the dynamic kettlebell movements listed below.

OK, lets get started…

1. Kettlebell Swing Variations

Kettlebell Swing Two Hands
Kettlebell Swing Two Hands

The kettlebell swing is one of the most important kettlebell exercises and uses almost every muscle in the body.

The kettlebell swing is a progression on from the kettlebell single handed deadlift exercise.

If your goals are fat loss, developing full body strength and also improving your cardio without moving your feet, then the kettlebell swing is a must.

There are 3 fundamental kettlebell swing variations:

  1. Two Handed Kettlebell Swing
  2. One handed Kettlebell Swing
  3. Alternating Kettlebell Swing

These kettlebell swing variations should be mastered in the above order as they do get progressively more challenging.

As a general guide, once you can swing the kettlebell for 60 seconds with two hands you can then progress on to the one handed swing.

Learn more: 4 steps to master the kettlebell swing

To see more posts about general kettlebells workouts and advice, go here.

Watch a video of the kettlebell two handed swing below:


Practice: start with 10 reps of the two handed swing, rest for 30 seconds and repeat. Work up to 60 seconds non stop.

2. Kettlebell Clean

Kettlebell Clean Exercise
Kettlebell Clean Exercise

The kettlebell clean takes the kettlebell from the floor and explosively elevates it into the racked position against the chest.

Again the kettlebell clean is based off the deadlift movement pattern so the single arm deadlift must be mastered first.

Similar to the kettlebell swing the kettlebell clean uses most muscles in the body, in particular the legs, hips and back.

With practice and as your skills improve you will start to add a press into the top part of the movement to complete the full kettlebell clean and press exercise.

Discover more: Stop banging your wrists and clean like a pro

Watch a video of the kettlebell clean below:


Practice: begin with 5 reps on each side and work up to 60 seconds on each side non stop. Great cardio drill.

3. Kettlebell Reverse Lunge

Kettlebell Racked Reverse Lunge Exercise
Kettlebell Racked Reverse Lunge Exercise

Once you are strong with the kettlebell squat then the kettlebell lunge is the next logical progression.

The kettlebell lunge is great for: mobility of the hips, the perfect exercise for many sports, develops excellent single leg strength, and is a great full body fat loss exercise.

The kettlebell reverse lunge is the best starting lunge variation followed by the kettlebell forward lunge.

It is very important that the rear knee kisses or almost kisses the floor in order to fully activate the buttock muscles.

Learn more: 16 kettlebell lunge variations for strong legs and buttocks

Watch a video of the kettlebell reverse lunge below:


Practice: start without the kettlebell to get used to the movement. When you can complete 20 alternating repetitions then add a kettlebell holding it in the racked position. Goal 12 reps on each side.

4. Kettlebell Turkish Get Up

Kettlebell Turkish Get Up Exercise
Kettlebell Turkish Get Up Exercise

The kettlebell turkish get up is a complicated exercise to learn but well worth your time.

The get up is a strong conditioner of the stabilising muscles of the body making it excellent for injury prevention.

You will also improve your full body joint mobility with this exercise as well as working deep into the core muscles.

The kettlebell turkish get up serves as an excellent assessment tool so you can see where your weaknesses lie and if performed correctly help you to overcome them.

Learn more: Ultimate guide to the kettlebell Turkish get up

Watch a video of the kettlebell turkish get up below:


Practice: begin by getting used to the movement without using a kettlebell. Next, try the movement holding a glass of water. Finally, add a kettlebell and practice changing hands after each repetition. Goal is 10 total reps.

5. Kettlebell Row

Kettlebell Regular Row Exercise
Kettlebell Regular Row Exercise

The kettlebell row is another big full body exercise that targets into the back muscles but also requires a strong core and legs to maintain good position.

The kettlebell is rowed towards the body as if the elbow is being pulled by a piece of string.

It is very important to keep the core muscles tight and the lower back nice and flat even when you start to fatigue.

Beginners can practice the exercise by placing their hand on an exercise ball or bench in order to master the body position first.

Want more? 6 kettlebell row variations for a strong back and core

Watch a video of the kettlebell row below:


Practice: work up to 12 unassisted repetitions on each side with a nice strong flat back.

4 Minute Kettlebell Circuits for Intermediates

Now that we have the 5 intermediate kettlebell exercises we can start putting them together into effective workouts.

Below I’ve listed 3 short circuits and 3 videos that you can follow along with me and practice.

I suggest that you practice just 1 x 4 minute circuit to begin with and as your strength and movement skills improve increase it to 3 total circuits with 30 – 60 seconds rest in between each one.

Woman should start with an 8kg (18lbs) or 12kg (25lbs) size kettlebell.

Men should start with a 12kg (25lbs) or 16kg (35lbs) size kettlebell.

Perform a workout 3 – 5 times per week.

Kettlebell Workout 1

  • Half Get Up – left  x 5 reps
  • Half Get Up – right  x 5 reps
  • Two Handed Swing  x 30 reps
  • Slingshot – change every 5 x 20 reps
  • Goblet Squat  x 20 reps
  • Halo – alternating x 10 reps

Watch the 4 minute kettlebell circuit No. 1:


Kettlebell Workout 2

  • Reverse Lunge – left  x 10 reps
  • Reverse Lunge – right x 10 reps
  • Two Handed Swing x 30 reps
  • Racked Squat – left x 10 reps
  • Racked Squat – right x 10 reps
  • Half Get Up – left x 5 reps
  • Half Get Up – right x 5 reps

Watch the 4 minute kettlebell circuit No. 2:


Kettlebell Workout 3

  • Clean – left  x 10 reps
  • Clean – right  x 10 reps
  • Reverse Lunge – left x 10 reps
  • Reverse Lunge – right x 10 reps
  • Regular Row – left x 8 reps
  • Regular Row – right x 8 reps
  • Two Handed Swing x 30 reps

Watch the 4 minute kettlebell circuit No. 3:


Conclusion of 5 Kettlebell Exercises for Intermediates

Above I’ve listed 5 intermediate kettlebell exercises which I believe everyone should practice once they have mastered the 5 basic kettlebell exercises.

Swinging and moving a kettlebell dynamically uses a great deal of muscle, tendon and ligament strength so please make sure you are great at the beginners exercises before moving on to these ones.

You will find it really helpful to follow along with the 3 kettlebell workouts above so you can master not only the exercises but also the tempo and breathing too.

Best of luck!

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What are some kettlebell exercises?

There are at least 50 quality kettlebell exercises, the most popular include the swing, Turkish get up, goblet squat, snatch, renegade row and windmill.

Do kettlebell exercises really work?

Using kettlebells can improve your endurance, strength, stability, cardio, power, and balance. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research stated that kettlebell training can also lead to a healthier lower back.

What are the best kettlebell exercises?

This always depends on your physical attributes and your goals. Kettlebell swings, goblet squats and the Turkish get up are great exercises.

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    1. FitbyCoen Avatar

      Hey Gregg, can you help me with one thing. I keep slamming the kettle into my wrist during the cleans.. what to do?

    2. Mike Avatar

      Hi Greg, thanks for all the videos and the workouts, they are super-clear and very helpful. I have worked out with K/B for a few years off and on but had hurt my lower back. I healed up but knew I needed to fix my form or the same thing would happen again. Today I searched for pointers and your videos about the deadlift and the swing were super-helpful. I did int workout #1, am feeling good, and will progress methodically from there using the pointers for lower back position. Great work! Mike

      1. Kumar Avatar

        Hey Greg, practicing this KB does it have any sort of impact on knees as i am facing knee pain from rigorous treadmill and jumprope skipping

        1. Greg Brookes Avatar

          No Kumar, most kettlebell exercises have very little impact on the joints.

    3. Sandra Grannis Avatar
      Sandra Grannis

      Hi Greg,
      I am so grateful to have stumbled upon your kb workouts & instructions. I’ve been hungry for something to shake up my workouts & kick me in the butt a bit. This is just the ticket! I workout by myself with kb and rotate through 12 week workouts & have done this for the past 5+\- years. I’m very disciplined just not very excited. Fortunately, I trained 1 yr with tic trainer so I have decent foundation. Have been tempted to return to a gym/program but hesitate since I remain injury-free using kB. Achy knees are a distant memory. Oh, I’m 60 yrs female.
      Thank you for your generous spirit, for sharing your instructions and workouts.
      You’ll keep me swinging!

    4. Stacey Avatar

      Hi Greg,
      First, your site and resources are excellent!
      I am wondering if I should get a heavier kettlebell for lower body work and swings. I can swing a 35lb kettle bell for days. Same with squats and deadlifts. Not sure if I should go to single arm swing and deadlifts and such, rather than going heavier. Any suggestions are most welcome!

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        Yes Stacey, definitely progress to the one hand swing first before increasing the weight.

    5. Vivek Avatar

      Hi Greg,

      Neatly and very precisely you have explained the use of K/b.

      I have been doing gym for past 1 year, and now i want to do something that helps me to be fit at home.And of course, this exercise with k/b is really helping me with my diet to be fit as its been 2 months i have left Gym.
      Keep the good work up, it is really helping me.
      Thanks a ton. 🙂

    6. Hans Avatar

      Par Excellent, Mr Brookes, the way this website
      is laid out. The pictures, videos and written instructions
      are very well constructed for readers to fully

      Is there a booklet available for sale, which could
      be used at home or in a jim?

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        Thanks Hans, I’m pleased the website is helpful for you. I don’t have any booklets but plenty of downloadable workouts programs

    7. Meriel Avatar

      Hi Greg, In the instructional video for the reverse lunge, you say that the kb should on the same side as the leg that’s going backwards. Yet in circuits 2 and 3 here, you have the opposite leg going backwards.
      Thanks for clarifying.

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        You can use either Meriel, taking the same leg back as the side holding the kettlebell will probably feel slightly easier.

    8. Tony Avatar

      Hi Greg,
      I have been using kettlebells 3 times a week with 2 other work colleagues for over a year now.
      I am 67 years old. The other 2 guys are ex airforce and marine and are 10 years younger than I am. They are old hands at k/b. We originally followed the Heaven and Hell workout. ( don’t know if you are familiar with this?) but now choose the exercises that suit each of us. I have recently progressed to double hand swings with 24 and 28kg bells.
      Do I need to keep upping the weight or level out and do more reps. I do not want to kill myself but can handle it ok. Other exercises I do with lesser weights.

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        Good to hear from you Tony, as with all resistance training you need to think about what you are looking to achieve with your training eg. strength, endurance, rehab / prevention, sports specific etc. There are other ways to progress your training other than just adding more weight, how about moving on to the single handed swing or mixing with more challenging exercises like the high pull, side lunge, get up etc.

    9. james masick Avatar

      i have two bad shoulders.my right one was operated on to fix the rotator cuff my left rotator is bad to.what can i do the strenthen them

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        Sorry to hear this James, I’ve written more on shoulder rehab here.

    10. Dorian Avatar

      I’ve been working out with KBs in my garage for a while now. I’m a stay at home mom and my husband and I are on a tight budget, so I have to work out with what I have. I have also been working out with a 16-20 kg KB comfortably for a year at least. I do not feel that I am getting that much stronger over the past year. Is this because I haven’t increased my weight? I try to vary my exercises everyday. That is to say, No two workouts are the same.
      Is increasing my KB weight a must or are there other ways to get stronger.

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        Hello Dorian, there are 2 options you can try:

        1. Increase the weight: if you can swing the 16kg kettlebell one handed for 60 seconds then you can increase the weight and start with the two handed swing.
        2. Increase the exercise complexity: are you practicing snatches, pistol squats, side lunges etc. If not then I’d recommend you also advance to some of these exercises too.

        Best of luck.

    11. Nina Buongiorne Avatar

      I’ve been doing kettlebells for years and I have to tell you that you have instruction is very easy to follow and understand; excellent cues. I love your workouts.

    12. David lambie Avatar
      David lambie

      I need to do something. I bought two 10kg kettlebells from Asda 2-years ago and all I have very rarely is carry them around me flat for 5mins.
      A couple of yeas ago I had a personal trainer – but not qualified, so I learned nothing and stopped going to the local gym.
      So this is it!

      1. Greg Brookes Avatar

        OK David, I suggest you start with these 5 kettlebell exercises, there are a few beginner workouts for you to follow too.