Best Kettlebell Arm Workouts

Brent Mccoy
• Tuesday, 27 October, 2020
• 10 min read

Kettle bell training should be focused on movement patterns and not particular muscles. If you want to just develop or add size to the arms then classic biceps curls or tricep extensions using a dumbbell or barbell would be a better use of your time.

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Below I’ve listed 14 of my favorite arm exercises along with kettlebellarm workout ideas too. Whenever you press, extend or straighten the arm you use your tricep muscles.

So Push Ups, for example, are a classic exercise for developing the triceps. If you are not using the Push Up in your training then I highly recommend that you start not only for your triceps but for your chest, abs, glutes, shoulders and back.

Kettle bell Overhead Press Exercise classic overhead press can be performed with most pieces of equipment but it feels wonderful with a kettle bell. The Push Press uses the body to help pop the kettle bell out of the most difficult part of the movement.

When the kettle bell is at the bottom your arm is at a mechanical disadvantage so by using the legs slightly you are able to give it a little boost out of this sticking point. If you want to really focus on the arms and shoulders then the Tall Kneeling Press will take the lower half of the body out of the equation.

A great exercise for developing pure pressing strength. You will need to keep your Glutes squeezed tight to ensure you don’t lose alignment and stress the lower back.

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Have fun with this exercise by pressing from different sides with different legs forwards. You will find the natural cross body, right arm and left leg forwards, the easiest variation.

Kettle bell regular row superb exercise for working into the back of the body and core muscles as well as conditioning the biceps. Good form and technique is required to avoid excessive momentum and to ensure that the back is kept safe and flat.

A similar exercise to the regular row above except even more emphasis is placed on the arms. Isometric exercise positions like this one are especially demanding on the full body and require good concentration.

If you cannot hold a good front plank for at least 60 seconds then I would focus on that first and practice the other kettle bell exercises for the arms listed above before using this one. A good set of heavy kettle bell cleans will certainly overload the biceps and improve the look of the arms.

In addition to the arm muscle activation the Clean and Press also targets almost every muscle in the body making it an excellent full body conditioning exercise and superb for fat loss. Kettle bell thruster exerciseSimilar to the Clean and Press, the Squat and Press is a huge full body exercise that targets most muscles of the body.

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You won’t get as much bicep activation with this exercise as the Clean and Press but you will find it more cardiovascular. Again very little bicep activation but great for the triceps and the rest of the body, especially the buttocks and legs.

Kettle bell Sit and Press Exercise sit and press exercise is a powerful shoulder and tricep exercise that also works into the core muscles. It is very important when performing this exercise to lower the kettle bell to the start position slowly.

The slower the lowering please of the sit and press the more core activation you will receive. Kettle bell exercises are based on movement patterns and so target the whole body rather than a select few muscles including the triceps and biceps.

To develop tone and muscle I’d recommend working on a repetition range of between 8 and 15. The challenge is to find the correct sized kettle bell for each exercise so that you fatigue during this repetition range.

Kettle bells will activate the muscles in your arms but not like bodybuilding type exercises will. Kettle bell training should be focused on movement patterns and not particular muscles.

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Even though kettle bell training should be focused on movement patterns and not particular muscles the movements still put a lot of stimuli and stress on the muscle and therefore promote growth. In most instances, when someone wants to get those enviable “The Rock” sized arm muscles, they assume that you only need dumbbells or a barbell.

However, when you incorporate kettlebellarm exercises into your routine, you aren’t just getting a great arm workout because the kettle bell targets the entire body. Then you will want to perform the standard “skull crusher” movement: pivot at the elbow and lower the kettle bells to the side of your forehead and hold in this position for few seconds.

The kettle bell overhead press is one of those exercises that have been used for ages to build upper arm muscle mass. This move will target the long head of the triceps, but when you use a kettle bell, you will get a more complete arm workout.

Keep your shoulders locked in position and then lower the kettle bell behind your head as your elbow pivots. Note: You don’t want to keep your arms too straight because it’ll put stress on your shoulder and elbow.

Naturally, when you’re performing a bicep curl with any kind of weight, it's going to build muscle mass. You’ll use your fingers to lock the handles into place thus preventing the kettle bell from rotating or slipping during the workout.

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Make sure that you keep your arms from fully straightening during the last part of the movement because it’ll cause the handle to slip, but the tension in your biceps will be released as well. Even then, when you factor in the constant tension in your arms while performing the movements, you will definitely feel it by the end.

With your legs shoulder width apart and your wrist locked into a neutral position, lift the kettle bells slowly until your elbows are at a 90-degree angle. To do this exercise, lay on the floor and keep your elbow at a 45-degree angle (or less) while holding the kettle bell in your hand.

When you’re doing this exercise, it is important to maintain proper form and avoid letting the kettle bell to bang against your wrist as you lift. When you are in the top position, the kettle bell is flipped upside down so that they weight is standing up vertically in your hand.

This isn’t a complicated exercise, but it is important that you perfect the clean and press movements separately first before combining them. We recommend that you take your time with increasing the weight of the kettle bell you’re working with so that you don’t hurt yourself but you’re still getting the benefits.

The reason: These bells can help you hit all those tough-to-reach muscles you might not otherwise train, and they offer more potential for stability work than a dumbbell. “Because of the way the kettle bell is shaped, it presents some odd challenges in terms of stability,” says Prentice Rhodes, a NASA -certified personal trainer and performance enhancement specialist.

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“It gives you what I like to call ‘accidental training’ on some of those body parts that we don’t really think about.” That includes your forearm muscles, which have to work extra hard to keep your wrist in a neutral position when you perform presses or bicep curls, he says. Not only are these muscles put into action when doing everyday activities such as opening a jar of peanut butter or carrying your groceries into your house, but they’re also working when you’re performing pull-ups and grabbing heavy weights off the rack.

This bell shape is also what gives kettle bells an edge over dumbbells when it comes to improving stability. Reminder: Stability is about controlling a joint’s movement or position, and if your stability is limited, you may compensate your form when performing complex exercises, increasing your risk of injury or muscular imbalances, according to the American Council on Exercise.

When you press the weight straight up to the ceiling from that racked position, the heavy bell will try to pull your arm out to the side away from your body. As a result, your core and arm muscles have to put in more effort to keep your form spot on and joints stable, he adds.

The kettle bell swing isn't your typical arm -strengthening move, but for this kettlebellarm workout, its important foundational exercise, says Rhodes. Plus, your forearm muscles will be challenged with holding onto the weight, increasing grip strength, and your lats and triceps will help extend your shoulders throughout the move, according to the American Council on Exercise.

Hinging at the hips and keeping a neutral spine (no rounding your back), bend down and grab the kettle bell handle with one hand. To initiate the swing, inhale and hike the kettle bell back and up between legs.

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C. Powering through the hips, exhale and quickly stand up and swing the kettle bell forward up to chest level. The free arm should be tucked at your side, hinging at the elbow in sync with the swing.

But placing that hand on your hip to keep your arm from flailing about can actually cause you to push your body out of the ideal alignment for the exercise, says Rhodes. Instead, give your arm a purpose by extending it out beside you, which will help counterbalance the weight on your opposite side.

B. Thread hand through handle of kettle bell, with palm facing toward the ceiling. C. Keeping chest lifted and spine straight, bend knees and shift hips back to lower into a squat, until you reach the bottom of your range of motion.

D. Press through the center of the foot and engage the glutes to return to standing. If you’re up for a real challenge, end your workout on the renegade row, which pushes your arms, back, *and* core to the brink, says Rhodes.

Start in a high plank position with hands on two kettle bell handles, feet in a wide stance. Row one arm up to rib cage, squeezing behind shoulder blade.

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This unilateral exercise will improve your stability and strengthen your chest muscles with every single press, says Rhodes. Start in the fetal position on your right side on the floor, with the kettle bell at chest level in front of you.

Pull shoulders down and away from ears, engage core, and brace glutes. Straighten legs or lift hips into the bridge position, depending on your skill level.

Remove left hand from kettle bell handle, extend arm out to side, and rest it on the floor. The Turkish Get-Up will teach you how to stabilize your shoulder, but if you can’t quite stand up while holding a kettle bell in the air (no shame), finish your get up once you arrive in a seated position (after step D), says Rhodes.

Start in the fetal position on the floor, with the kettle bell at chest level in front of you. Then, push through palm of free hand to straighten arm and lift torso to sit up.

E. Lift the hips and sweep the straight leg back, gently placing that knee in line with the hand that's on the ground. F. Lift hand off floor and straighten torso to come to a kneeling lunge position with both legs bent at 90-degree angles.

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Now is when you can move your gaze from upward toward kettle bell to straight forward in front of you. This move of the kettlebellarm workout not only helps improve stability in your shoulder and forearm muscles as you hold the kettle bell straight up in the air, but it also stretches your chest and lat muscles while you roll from side to side, says Rhodes.

Start in the fetal position on your right side on the floor, with the kettle bell at chest level in front of you. Keep the kettle bell pressed straight above shoulder and arm vertical.

Before trying an overhead press, Rhodes likes to start his clients off with this kettle bell pullover, which improves flexibility and teaches you to keep your back flat, rather than arched, when performing standing overhead exercises. Extend arms over head, hook both thumbs through the kettle bell handle, and grab firmly with hands.

C. Squeeze forearms together to support body of kettle bell and engage core. D. Slowly raise kettle bell toward ceiling and hover over top of chest, keeping back flat on the ground throughout the entire movement.

E. Slowly lower kettle bell back to start over head on floor. After so much pressing, it's super important to balance the body with some rowing exercises to strengthen the back, says Rhodes.

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Since most people spend their days hunched over their desks, your lats could probably use a workout, he adds. Step forward with left foot into a lunge position, keeping back leg (right) straight.

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