Look at what Santa brought me.
This kettlebell is quickly becoming one of my new favorite fitness toys. It’s perfect for strength or metabolic resistance workouts at home when I don’t have time to get to the gym. Lately my at home strength workouts have been mostly bodyweight workouts with some work on my pull-up bar thrown in. I like using my Dynamax ball and gliding disks too, but sometimes I’m just craving a heavier strength workout, you know? And now that I’m lifting heavier, my home dumbbell sets are too light! I have a set of eights, tens, and fifteens, so my new 25 pound kettlebell is a welcomed addition to my home equipment collection. It’s also just a great way to switch things up since I haven’t always done a lot of kettlebell work in the past. It really is one of the most versatile pieces of fitness equipment out there, and it lets you do strength and cardio at the same time. Score.
On New Year’s Day, since the gym wasn’t opening until noon (what!?), I opted to give my new bell a go at home. I created this circuit and busted it out in our dining room. Words to the wise: this is probably not the best routine to do on your hardwood floors. Whoops.
This workout is designed to be done circuit style where you move from one move to the next with little to no rest in between each exercise. Do 10 reps of each move, and rest when you get to the end of the circuit. Repeat for a total of 3-4 rounds through. Of course, always listen to your body and take breaks as needed.
When I did this three times through, it took me about 25 minutes to complete, not including the warmup. If your kettlebell is on the lighter side, it would probably take you shorter. My 25 pound bell was too heavy for those situps to single arm presses, so I dropped down to my 15 pound dumbbell for those instead — just to help you guys gauge weight! Now of course I want to go buy more kettlebells in multiple sizes, but I’ll try to contain myself (gotta save for the wedding!).
Readers, let’s chat! Do you work out with kettlebells? What’s your favorite kettlebell exercise? What is your favorite fitness toy?
Hopefully there will be a lot more F&F kettlebell style workouts to come! If you give this one a whirl, post your sweaty kettlebell selfies to social media and tag me @fitnessandfeta. I want to see you rock it!
Check Marshalls 🙂 They always have them! Or Wal Mart. I bought a 20 lb one for $15!
I’d love to learn how to properly use a Kettlebell! I feel like my form is always off!
LOVE this post!!!!! 25 lbs is the perfect size for most overhead and one hand movements. good choice Santa 🙂
I too am wanting to add a Kettlebell to my fitness equipment. I really enjoy the Kettlebell, especially when it is off-setting your balance. I have to use my core more. My favorite exercise is Kettlebell swings or single leg deadlift. I feel them immediately and they get the heart rate up. My favorite fitness equipment is probably a small ball, featured in pilates and barre exercises. I feel like it really get those inner thighs.
I have one Kettlebell but don’t use it super often – I’m excited that you are going to share more KB workouts!!!
Love this workout! I’m with you on not having heavy enough equipment at home, I need a heavier kettlebell right now, used mine this morning and I feel like its not enough
I’ve been getting into more KB focused workouts lately, too, because you’re right- they’re so versatile! Thanks for the tip on the situp and shoulder press- 25lbs would be heavy for that! looking forward to trying this. Yesterday i incorporated KB’s and TRX in my workout and wow i’m feeling it today 🙂