The Kettlebell Goblet Squat is one of the most important and effective kettlebell exercises that all beginners should master.
The goblet squat serves as a full body exercise that can be used by itself for a quick workout or combined with other exercises as part of a kettlebell circuit.
Let’s get started:
How to Perform the Kettlebell Goblet Squat
Begin the goblet squat by holding the kettlebell at chest height with both hands.
Keep your elbows tucked in close to your body and eyes looking forwards.
Feet should be a little wider than shoulder width apart with the toes pointing naturally outwards at 5 – 10 degrees.
Start the squat by pushing your hips backwards as if sitting back into a chair or sitting down with ski boots on.
Ensure your bodyweight is back on your heels and they do not lift off the floor during the complete exercise.
Keep your chest up and facing forwards as if your ribcage is being lifted.
As you sit back and down into the squat weak buttocks and hips may cause the knees to fall inwards, you must force the knees outwards and prevent this from happening.
Continue descending down into the squat until your thighs become parallel with the floor, this is important to achieve maximum activation of the buttock muscles.
Pause at the bottom of the squat position for 1 – 3 seconds and then drive back up to standing by pushing the floor away from you. Stay on your heels.
Once you get to the top position, stand tall, squeeze your buttocks tightly together and avoid leaning backwards.
If you find sitting back into the squat difficult try opening your legs wider to create a little more room for the squat.
Watch a video of the kettlebell goblet squat exercise below:
Kettlebell Goblet Squat Benefits
The goblet squat activates most of the muscles in the body especially in the legs, hips, buttocks, back and core muscles.
Here are some additional benefits of the goblet squat:
- Opens up the vertebra of the lower back helping prevent back pain
- Creates a pumping effect distributing fresh blood and nutrients to damaged areas
- Teaches good body alignment using the counterbalance of the kettlebell
- Activates the often lazy buttocks or glute muscles effectively
- Burns calories and elevates your metabolic rate
- Increases cardio without the need to move your feet
The goblet squat not only offers all of the above benefits but it is also one of the most important movement patterns of the human body. Become efficient at the goblet squat and movement in general just becomes a lot easier.
Kettlebell Goblet Squat vs Sumo Squat
Many people confuse the goblet squat with the sumo squat (or Plie squat).
Fundamentally the two kettlebell exercises are the same except for the feet positions.
The sumo squat takes a much wider stance and the feet are turned out a bit wider.
The change in foot position means that the inner thighs get worked a little harder with the sumo squat but the glutes, hips and thighs are still activated in a similar way to the goblet squat.
For some people with flexibility issues the sumo squat can be a little easier because the opening up of the hips makes the descent into the squat easier as it creates more space at the hips.
Kettlebell Goblet Squat Variations
There are a few variations of the kettlebell goblet squat that you can try:
- Change the kettlebell handle position to facing upwards and hold by the kettlebell body
- Use the crush grip by having the handles facing sideways and squeezing the body of the kettlebell with open hands
- Add an overhead press to the movement for the kettlebell goblet squat to press
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What Muscles does the Goblet Squat Work?
Other than the lower body the back and core muscles also have to work hard to stabilise the trunk. Plus, as you are holding a kettlebell the shoulders and forearms will also be activated.
The kettlebell goblet squat truly is a full body exercise which means that it is great for burning calories and increasing your heart rate. Those who have not tried a heavier set of 20 goblet squats are always surprised as just how cardiovascular this exercise can be.
Can you do Goblet Squats everyday?
Just like any type of exercise, recovery is important to grow stronger.
It is important to distinguish between practice and challenging workouts.
If you keep the kettlebell light and don’t perform too many repetitions then this can be classed as practicing and daily goblet squats will help you to hone your technique.
However, if you find you are sore the next day or push yourself and find performing just 10 repetitions challenging then you may need to take a days rest after each workout.
Bodyweight squats may be a better option for daily workouts.
Kettlebell Goblet Squat Workout
Once you feel comfortable with the kettlebell goblet squat you can start adding other kettlebell exercises to form a great full body workout.
Full Body Kettlebell Workout
- Kettlebell Goblet Squats x 10 reps
- Kettlebell Halo x 5 reps each direction
- Repeat 3 – 5 circuits
The workout above is a great start for beginners. The goblet squat takes care of the lower body while the halo challenges the upper body.
You could easily substitute the Kettlebell Halo for Push Ups if you have good upper body strength.
The kettlebell goblet squat is a fundamental kettlebell exercise and movement pattern that all beginners should master.
Not only is the goblet squat good for building strength and burning calories but it also helps keep your joints healthy and mobile.
Take care and enjoy this fun and highly effective kettlebell exercise.
Have you tried the kettlebell goblet squat? Let me know more below.
Hold the kettlebell with both hands at chest height, sit your hips backwards and squat down keeping your heels on the floor, don’t allow your knees to fall inwards. Drive back to standing from your heels.
Everyone has a different strength capacity so first master the goblet squat without a kettlebell and then add weight gradually every time you can manage 10 reps.
The simple answer is by adding more weight or performing more reps.