Bored with biceps curls? Then it’s time to master the kettlebell.
With just a single kettlebell, you can infuse your workout with new energy while building muscle and explosive strength. That’s especially true once you learn to chain movements together, something referred to as a “flow.” Start with the flows in this workout, which challenges your strength, coordination, and mind in all the right ways.
Directions: Do this workout 3 to 5 times a week. All other days, aim for a 20-minute walk or run. Use a medium-weight kettlebell for all moves.
- Loaded Beast to Front Step
Start in bear-plank position, hands directly below shoulders, knees an inch off the floor, abs tight. Push your butt and torso backward, stretching your lats. Then drive your torso forward and arch your back; breathe deeply. Tighten your abs and shift to plank position, then shift your right foot to alongside your right hand. Pull your right hand back and squeeze your shoulder blades. Return to bear plank and repeat on the other side. Do reps for 30 seconds; do 3 sets.
The Kettlebell Strength and Flow Workout
Do both exercises, then immediately do a set of 10 pushups. Rest 60 seconds. Repeat for 5 sets.
- 1a. Bent-Over Single-Arm Row
Start standing, holding a kettlebell in your right hand, then push your butt back and hinge at the waist, lowering your torso until it’s at a 45 degree angle with the floor. Keep the kettlebell close to your shin. This is the start. Row the bell toward your right rib cage, keeping your hips and shoulders square. Lower with control. That’s 1 rep; do 8 per side.
- 1b. Dead-Stop Clean to Press
Stand over a kettlebell, then push your butt back and