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Russian stamp with kettle bell lifting theme (snatch and jerk depicted). The sport consists of three main lifts: the snatch, jerk and the long cycle. Jerk and Long Cycle can be performed with one bell or two kettle bells of equal weight.

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Jerk and Long Cycle can be performed with one bell or two kettle bells of equal weight. Valery Fedorenko demonstrates a basic snatch maneuver.

The lifter is given ten minutes for each event to perform as many repetitions as possible. Biathlon involves the Greek (kettle bell lifter) performing a set of jerks for ten minutes, with at least 1-hour rest, followed by a set of snatches for ten minutes.

Biathlon score is the combined jerk and snatch points. Long cycle involves the Greek performing a set of clean and jerks for ten minutes.

Snatch is a ten-minute set with only one arm switch allowed. Pendulum — path the kettle bell takes as it moves from between the legs to either the rack or overhead position in Snatch.

Swing-- kettle bell movement that involves moving the bell in a pendulum motion from between the legs to the overhead position. Back swing — the portion of the swing or snatch in which the bell is moving backward between the legs.

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Rack position — the V-position of the shoulder, elbow, and wrist on the torso where the kettle bell rests between repetitions of jerk or long cycle. Ideally the elbow rests on the top portion of the hip joint.

Lockout — when the arm is fully extended in the overhead position---wrist over shoulder, and the knees are straight as if you are standing in an upside down handstand. Joint stacking — Ensuring proper alignment of joints in overhead lockout position, meaning a straight line can be drawn from wrist to elbow to shoulder to hip to knees to ankles.

Fixation — when the lifter and kettle bell completely stop all movement at the completion of a repetition, the component of a lift that determines whether the repetition will be counted towards the competition score; also a chance to rest Clean — kettle bell movement that involves moving the bell using the hips in a pendulum motion from between the legs to chest level in front of the body in the Rack position or the top of the swing position. Jerk begins with a dynamic push-press (see definition below) with the heels lifting, followed by a squat under the overhead lockout and finishing with standing up with straight legs.

Repeat for desired amount of time (or until you drop the bell). Olympic snatch — A style of snatch in which the back swing is eliminated and the bell moves in a straighter path up and down, often employed once the lifter’s forearms have fatigued at the end of a set.

— one switch rule (classic International Union of Kettle bell Lifting competition) or unlimited/multiple switches rule (marathon International Kettle bell Marathon Federation competition). Static/dead hang — when the lifter is just holding the Bell without moving--Not allowed in competitions.

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Rebounding — not allowed Push press — kettle bell movement that utilizes strength from legs to get the bell to the overhead position. Windmill — kettle bell movement; stance is wider than shoulder width.

RPM — repetitions per minute, which is used to pace a kettle bell set. Score is then calculated as number of repetitions x KB coefficient.

Kettle clamp — gear that enables transformation of ordinary dumbbell into a kettle bell. A competitor organization of lesser importance is the International Girl Sport Federation (GSF), founded in Limpets, Russia but currently based in Ukraine.

The American Kettle bell Alliance is also a member of the International Union of Kettle bell Lifting and represents American athletes in international competitions including the world championships, which is the largest and most prestigious annual international kettle bell sport competition in the world. International Kettle bell Marathon Federation (IMF) hosts competitions using the traditional lifts (One arm--jerk, snatch, long cycle.

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A 16-kilogram (35 lb) “competition kettle bell Arthur Saxon with a kettle bell, cover of The Text Book of Weight-Lifting (1910)The Russian girl (, plural girl) was a type of metal weight, primarily used to weigh crops in the 18th century. They began to be used for recreational and competition strength athletics in Russia and Europe in the late 19th century.

The birth of competitive kettle bell lifting or Gregory sport ( ) is dated to 1885, with the founding of the “Circle for Amateur Athletics” ( ). Russian girl are traditionally measured in weight by Food, corresponding to 16.38 kilograms (36.1 lb).

The English term kettle bell has been in use since the early 20th century. Similar weights used in Classical Greece were the halter, comparable to the modern kettle bell in terms of movements.

Variants of the kettle bell include bags filled with sand, water, or steel shot. By their nature, typical kettle bell exercises build strength and endurance, particularly in the lower back, legs, and shoulders, and increase grip strength.

The basic movements, such as the swing, snatch, and the clean and jerk, engage the entire body at once, and in a way that mimics real world activities such as shoveling or farm work. Unlike the exercises with dumbbells or barbells, kettle bell exercises involve large numbers of repetitions in the sport, and can also involve large reps in normal training.

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Kettle bell exercises are in their nature holistic; therefore they work several muscles simultaneously and may be repeated continuously for several minutes or with short breaks. This combination makes the exercise partially aerobic and more similar to high-intensity interval training rather than to traditional weight lifting.

In a 2010 study, kettle bell enthusiasts performing a 20-minute snatch workout were measured to burn, on average, 13.6 calories/minute aerobically and 6.6 calories/minute anaerobically during the entire workout — “equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace”. When training with high repetitions, kettle bell progression should start out slowly to build muscle endurance, support the joints and prevent injury.

Like movements performed with any exercise tool, they can be dangerous to those who have back or shoulder problems, or a weak core, when performed without proper education and progression. They can offer improved mobility, range of motion, agility, cardio vascular endurance, mental toughness and increased strength.

The following is a list of common exercises that are uniquely suited to the kettle bell for one reason or another. A kettle bell exercise that combines the lunge, bridge and side plank in a slow, controlled movement.

Keeping the arm holding the bell extended vertically, the athlete transitions from lying supine on the floor to standing, and back again. As with the other slow exercises (the windmill, get-up, and halo), this drill improves shoulder mobility and stabilization.

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It starts lying on the ground with the kettle bell over the shoulder in a straight arm position, as in the top of a floor press, but with the other arm along the floor straight overhead. The trainee then gradually turns their body away from the kettle bell until they are lying partially on their front.

The kettle bell is held hanging in one arm and moved smoothly around the body, switching hands in front and behind. Also called a front leg pass, this is a backward lunge, circling the bell around the front leg, returning to the standing position, and repeating.

Like the slingshot, but the bell is swung forward until the arms are parallel to the ground. Starting with the bell in the rack, the bell is pushed away to the side slightly, the swung down to the other side in front of the body, and reversed back up into the rack.

A variation of the press where the other arm assists by pushing open palm against the ball. Stand on one leg and hold the kettle bell with the opposite arm.

By then lowering and raising the kettle bell you can work stabilization and power. A press utilizing a bent-leg windmill position to lift heavier weight than is otherwise possible.

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One bell is rowed to the chest while maintaining the plank position, then returned to the ground and repeated with the other arm. Alternatively performed with a single kettle bell, one arm at a time.

This requires more control than an ordinary push up and results in a greater range of motion. Feet may be elevated to increase the difficulty, until the trainee is performing a handstand push-up on the kettle bells.

In any movement involving the rack or overhead position, the kettle bell can be held with the ball in an open palm (sometimes called the waiter hold) for a greater stabilization challenge, or for even more precise control and added grip challenge, the bottom-up hold, squeezing the kettle bell by the handle upside-down. Holding a single kettle bell in the rack position bottom-up with two hands (“by the horns”) makes for goblet exercise variants.

Conventional swing: The kettle bell is swung from just below the groin to somewhere between the upper abdomen and shoulders, with arms straight or slightly bent, the degree of flexion depends on the trajectory of the kettle bell. Hang clean: The kettle bell is held in the rack position (resting on the forearm in the crook of the elbow, with the elbow against the chest), lowered to below the knees, and then thrust back up in to the rack.

The kettle bell is held in one hand, lowered to behind the knees via hip hinge, swung to an overhead position and held stable, before repeating the movement. Jerk: As a push press, but with two dips, for more leg assistance (as in the barbell clean and jerk) Thruster: A rack squat with a press at the top using momentum from the squat.

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Pistol squat: A single-leg squat with one leg held straight in front parallel to the ground, holding the bell in the goblet or rack position. An easier variant for those with less hip mobility is to perform the squat parallel to a step or ledge, so that the foot of the free leg can dip beneath the pushing leg at the bottom.

Carry: Walking with the kettle bell held in various positions, such as suitcase, rack, goblet, or overhead. Row: While bent over anywhere from 45 degrees to parallel with the ground, the kettle bell is held hanging from a straight arm, pulled up to the hips or laterally, and lowered again.

Keeping the bell arm vertical, the upper body is bent to one side and rotated until the other hand is touching the floor. The single kettle bell version is called the suitcase walk.

These build grip strength while challenging your core, hips, back and traps. The kettle bell is swung from just below the groin to somewhere between the upper abdomen and shoulders, with arms straight or slightly bent, the degree of flexion depends on the trajectory of the kettle bell.

The key to a good kettle bell swing is effectively thrusting the hips, not bending too much at the knees, and sending the weight forwards, as opposed to squatting the weight up, or lifting with the arms. The one-arm swing presents a significant anti-twisting challenge, and can be used with an alternating catch switching between arms.

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Within those variations there are plenty more variations, some are, but not limited to: pace, movement, speed, power, grip, the direction of thumb, elbow flexion, knee flexion. The kettle bell has more than 25 grips that can be employed, to provide variety, challenge different muscles, increase or decrease complexity, and work on proprioception.

Competitive lifter (Greek) performing jerk with 32 kg kettle bells (rack position). Contemporary kettle bell training is represented basically by five styles. Hard style has its roots in powerlifting and Gj-rykarate training, particularly hobo undo concepts.

With emphasis on the “hard” component and borrowing the concept of time, the Hard style focuses on strength and power and duality of relaxation and tension. Gregory, sometimes referred to as the fluid style in comparison to the Hard style, represents the training regimen for the competitive sport of kettle bell lifting, focusing on strength endurance.

Juggling is a training style where the practitioner releases and catches the kettle bell with all manner of spins and flips around the body. Kettle bell training is extremely broad and caters to many goals, some being, but not limited to: mobility, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, strength, speed and power.

The sport can be compared to what the CrossFit Games is to CrossFit, however, the sport has been much longer in existence, and is only recently gaining more popularity worldwide, with women participating as well. One such example being Valerie Wazowski, who at age 52, was the first US female lifter in the veteran age category to achieve Master of Sport in 24 kg Kettle bell Long Cycle.

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^ “The Kettle bell Clean, Stop Banging Your Wrists | The Complete Guide”. The dead lift kettle bell activates most of the muscles in the body and relies on the posterior chain consisting of the Glutes, Hamstrings and Back Extensors.

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The main reason for practicing this exercise before exercises like the Kettle bell Swing is because motor control, mobility and correct muscle activation must all work together in order to maximize effective movement and minimize the risk of injury. It is the big hitter of movements and fundamentally helps us lift heavy objects from the floor using the power of the legs, buttocks, back, and core muscles.

Quadriceps Hamstrings Glutes Adductors Erector Spinal Trapezium Lower back Forearms Core There are many other stabilizer muscles worked with the KB dead lift but these are the big prime movers.

As you lift from the floor you are pulling the weight up using the power of the Glutes and Hamstrings while keeping the back in an isometric position with the strength of your core muscles. In an age where we spend a lot of time sitting and leaning forwards the KB Dead lift helps counteract this posture and pull everything backwards, opening up the chest and shoulders.

The more muscle mass you can use when you exercise the more energy (or calories) are required to fuel that movement. Push the hips backwards maintaining a flat back Keep your weight back on your heels and chest up Allow the kettle bell to lower to the floor with a straight arm Pause at the bottom of the position Drive your hips forwards and stand tall Squeeze your buttocks tight and don’t lean backwards

The dead lift kettle bell focuses on movement from the hips while keeping a flat and isometrically (statically) maintained lower back. The knees should bend as you reach down to pick up the kettle bell but the hips should be forced backwards with the weight on the outside of the feet and onto the heels.

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By concentrating on the distribution of weight over your feet you will feel the activation up and into your Glutes (buttocks). Keep a good grip on the kettle bell to help correctly activate your shoulder stabilizers.

You can practice the Dead lift with kettle bells of various weights, ironically many people find using a heavier weight enables them to better feel the Glutes and Hamstrings working and forces better activation through the lower half of the body. Use two boxes, one under each foot with a gap in between for the kettle bell to be lowered closer to the floor.

Lifting the kettle bell from the side rather than between your legs puts additional demands onto your core stabilizers. Using two kettle bells for the suitcase dead lift does increase the demands on the legs and buttocks but it also reduces the core stabilization that you get with the one handed variation.

First you would perform the kettle bell row while leaning forwards with a flat back and then stand tall to complete the dead lift movement. The single-handed dead lift is pulled from between the legs which naturally puts the torso into a slight rotation and increases cross body core activation.

If you start to snap your hips though at the top of this exercise it is also great preparation for the kettle bell swing. If you want to learn to connect the top of the body to the bottom via the core muscles then this is the exercise for you.

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You will need good balance and core strength in order to complete this exercise correctly. Benefits — a great beginner workout that teaches the basic dead lift movement pattern.

The slingshot movement is added as active recovery so the kettle bell is not put down between circuits and the heart rate is kept up. Again great for the beginner who is improving their core stabilization and looking to get strong on their hands for push-ups etc.

Variations — the shoulder taps can be replaced with Push Ups, Cross Body Mountain climbers or regular front planks. Benefits — a cardio based workout that keeps the heart rate up throughout.

Variations — swap out the Fast Mountain Climbers for Squat Thrusts or even Burpees, if you are at that level. The side plank hits the core in a totally different direction than the dead lift so a great combination.

Benefits — great workout for stabilization, the suitcase dead lift is like a dynamic side plank so excellent for the core. Variations — if your squat is strong then you can progress to the static or dynamic lunge with or without a kettle bell.

The suitcase dead lift works on the core muscles at the side of the body and the squat thrust on the front. Variations — switch the Squat thrusts for Burpees or Fast Mountain Climbers.

Suitcase Dead lift Two Kettle bells x 10 T Push Ups x 10 Repeat 3 times Benefits — using two kettle bells means that you can dramatically increase the demands on legs and buttocks.

Variations — try using different weights in the left and right hand, this will add further stabilization demands and improve core strength. Benefits — strengthens the sling system that runs from shoulder to opposite hip via the core muscles.

This workout will highlight core weaknesses, if so more time should be spent on the weaker side. Variations — once mastered you can progress the depth of the exercise by standing on a low box allowing the kettle bell to fall lower than the foot

Variations — add further stabilization challenges by holding different sized kettle bells in the right and left hand. The kettle bell dead lift is a fundamental movement pattern that relies on the muscles of the legs, buttocks and back.

Often referred to as a posterior chain exercise because its works the muscles of the back line. The kettle bell dead lift is possibly one of the most effective full body exercises available.

The dead lift works more into the back of the body whereas the squat has more emphasis on the front and the quads. This quick guide will help users utilize their kettle bells so that they can get the most out of their workout and gain lean muscle naturally.

This is easier for beginners who might not be strong enough to lift a bar with weights attached to it fully. This allows you to build strength in your hamstrings and glutes through doing the exercise with a full range of motion.

Doing kettle bell dead lifts help users create dominance in their posterior chain. You'll see great results when conducting basic dead lifts, and your body will be competent enough to work with higher weights once you understand the form correctly.

One common error with this alternative dead lift is that people lean to the side to pick up the kettle bell. If you aren't flexible enough to reach the ground without the need to lean sideways, you'll have to elevate the kettle bell on a plate or a stop.

Start by keeping your feet in a narrower position than your shoulders Toes planted forward Hinge at your hips; your knees shouldn't be past your toes Reach for the kettle bell Load up your lats for added support Maintain a neutral spine with your eyes towards the horizon Press your body through the floor and end by standing up Begin with your feet in a narrow position The bells have to be placed on the outside of each of your feet Place your working foot on solid ground Use your toes for your nonworking foot Inhale through the nose Reach for the kettle bell by having a neutral grip on each side Load your lats Keep your head straight when pulling up with the kettle bell Lock up your glutes, press your body to the floor and stand back up via a tension breath.

Doing so allows you to get the right balance and alignment, and helps your body not rush into the sticking point through the exercise. Place one foot on the ground Extend on the other foot behind you using a straight leg Place the bell right under you and begin inhaling through the nose Tense your glute on the working side of your body Hinge through the hips Start to reach and grab the bell Press your body through the floor and begin standing back up

We've all turned up to the gym, short on time and motivation, only to find every piece of equipment we need for our workout isn't free. Faced with this scenario, you have two options: ditch the workout and go home or find a piece of versatile equipment that is underused and undervalued by most of the gym-going community.

Packing the same weighty punch as dumbbells, kettle bells are likely to be found in a dusty corner of the gym. But don't let their underused fool you; this is a brilliant bit of kit, and while the bros are queuing for a bench, you can take advantage.

Kettle bell swings can help increase your heart rate, burn extra fat and tone muscle Corey Jenkins Getty Images Much like the humble rowing machine and versa climber, most gym bros steer clear of the cast-iron 'bells, helping you get an effective, time-efficient workout in, without having to worry about your kit getting pinched.

This and the growing popularity of sports such as CrossFit and Strongman have helped drive kettle bell training and workouts into the mainstream. On top of this, owing to their design, kettle bells are one of the easiest weights to move around during your workout in a short timeframe and can be stored away easily, from your car boot to your garden shed or garage.

“Kettle bells give you the opportunity to move athletically with additional resistance from a variety of angles and more challenging positions,” explains Jon Lewis, a personal trainer with fitness outlet Industrial Strength. Not only that, but exercises such as kettle bell swings can help increase your heart rate, burn extra fat and tone muscle, but where they really come into their own is in building strength throughout your posterior chain.

As these are your body’s biggest muscles, you’ll also torch calories,” says Rob Blair, PT at The Commando Temple. Additionally, kettle bells are an incredibly useful tool for those looking to build their base of strength and mobility, so if you're struggling with your barbell back squat, for example, utilizing the kettle bell goblet squat is a good way of practicing proper form with a safer exercise that can then be upgraded as your strength increases.

Well-suited for swings, presses and carries, kettle bells also lend themselves to more dynamic movements, where a dumbbell or barbell may be more difficult to use. Usually, kettle bell workouts are built on a high-rep range, meaning that several muscles are worked at once and, if kept at a consistent pace, can offer similar aerobic benefits to HIIT training.

Similarly, by performing kettle bell circuits three times a week, you’ll pump up your VO2 max by 6 per cent in just under a month, according to the NSA’s Sac Report. The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research also found that kettle bell training contributes to a healthier lower back, owing to the loading and movement patterns.

“Kettle bells are arguably one of the most versatile bits of equipment you can find in a gym,” says Sam Wrigley, a London Bridge-based PT. “They're great tools for metabolic conditioning and can be used for resistance work too, if you can't access dumbbells or barbells.”

“Typically, it’s with the kettle bell swing, because of its dynamic nature — moving back and forth quickly at the hip joint”. “This exaggerated flexion and extension at the hip puts a lot of force through the lower back.” When it comes to getting injuries from poor form, the “arching of the back and not engaging the glutes in an overhead press or folding in a goblet position” can put you at risk of busting your lower back.

Stand with feet set wider than shoulder-width and bend your knees to grab the kettle bell with both hands. Drive your hips, keep your back flat swing the weight up to shoulder height.

Initiated by a powerful hip thrust from your hamstring and glutes, opting for heavier weights (once the move is mastered, of course) for up to 90 seconds a set will vastly improve your anaerobic fitness, accelerating your heart-rate and ignite a fat-burn that the bench press can only dream of. Instead, by combining a front squat with an overhead press, you're transforming a drab move into a compound, multi-joint exercise that demands full-body power.

In one swift movement, slightly jump off the ground and raise your arms to extend above your head. Land softly on your feet with your knees bent as though you're doing a squat and extend your arms straight above you shoulder-width apart.

Powerlifting moves needn't be restricted to barbells bending under crippling weight loads. Instead, the kettle bell clean and press offers the opportunity to increase grip strength, become stronger in overhead movements (your shoulder press will thank you) and will help you learn the lesson of maintaining a rigid core during all lifts.

Plus, the researchers found that participants performing the kettle bell snatch usually maintained 86 to 99 per cent of their maximum heart rate, making it an essential move for easy weightless. Drive through the heel and bring yourself back up to standing position, without letting your leg touch the floor.

Functional and an easy gym brag, the kettle bell pistol squat is the king of mobility moves. Ideal for oiling the stiff joints of desk-jockeys and gym bros, it'll also set your Instagram feed ablaze.

Helping you master the holy trinity of fitness — stability, strength and mobility — it'll challenge your core (there's more to a six-pack than crunches and planks, after all) and will build sportive-worthy quads while increasing balance. Stand with your legs slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, clasping a kettle bell in each hand in front of your chest with palms facing each other.

Bend your knees and lower yourself into a squat, keeping the kettle bells in the same position and ensuring you don't round your back by tensing your glutes throughout. Keep your arms strong and walk short, quick steps as fast as possible.

Ideal for building grip and plugging onto the end of a tough workout, farmer's walks also pack heavy-duty muscle onto your upper-back while fighting lower-back pain and being a useful conditioning tool and fat-loss. All the benefits of a traditional shoulder press — improved strength and targeting of many upper-body muscles — without the hassle of having to wait for dumbbells or a machine.

Stand with feet set wider than shoulder-width and bend your knees to grab the ketllebell with one hand. Drive your hips, keep your back flat swing the weight up to shoulder height.

Increase the demand you place on the shoulder stabilizing muscles by doing kettle bell swings with one arm. Sign up to the Men's Health newsletter and kick start your home body plan.

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This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. When used correctly, kettle bells are extremely effective training tools for providing total-body strength and conditioning.

As with any technical movement, lift, or skill, proper coaching is required to maximize the benefits. It's a two-for-one exercise, meaning you're able to combine strength training and cardiovascular conditioning into one efficient movement.

Though it looks easy to perform, the swing can take a significant amount of time, practice, and coaching to perfect. Unfortunately, this exercise is often performed incorrectly, which will limit your results as well as any further progressions that are based on this basic movement.

The kettle bell goblet squat isn't just a leg exercise; it's another total-body juggernaut that offers more mobility—the ability to move easily so you can safely train with heavier loads—and improved conditioning. It teaches you to move fluidly, and when you add the external load (a kettle bell) it requires strength, mobility, and skilled movement.

It's a powerful full-body exercise that requires attention to detail and a respect for human movement. For strong, resilient shoulders, improved hip and trunk strength, and enhanced mobility, the Turkish get-up is essential.

Once you can do the first three exercises—and have demonstrated appropriate shoulder mobility and stability—the kettle bell press is another exceptional movement to learn. The unique shape of a kettle bell and offset handle allow you to press in the natural plane of motion relative to your shoulder joint.

You just feel like you have more power to press efficiently with a kettle bell, mostly because of the more natural plane of motion. Similar to the kettle bell swing, the clean is another explosive exercise for total-body strength and conditioning.

The difference here is that the kettle bell finishes in the rack position as opposed to being projected horizontally away from your body. The kettle bell snatch is physically demanding and technical, but offers outstanding total-body strength and conditioning benefits.

It can help transcend athletic performance to new levels, build explosive strength, and forge strong, powerful shoulders. The snatch requires proper technique, explosive hip power, and athleticism.

This exercise should not be attempted until the kettle bell swing hip-hinge pattern and explosive hip drive are established. Though watching videos is helpful, the best way to learn how to correctly do these challenging movements is to work with a certified kettle bell instructor.

It correlates directly to the most common of everyday tasks, creates motor patterns, flexibility, and also helps people see the results they want faster than any other exercise. Crunches, leg extensions and curls combined don’t even come close doing what this lift will do for you, and honestly, they’re bad for your posture and for your joints.

Before you begin learning the basic kettle bell lifts — swing, clean and press, and snatch, we will develop the motor pattern of sitting back into your hips. I often see people start a set of dead lifts with the bell directly underneath them-great!

Remember, the dead lift movement starts moving hips back, not knees forward. The idea is to start developing strength in the glutes and hamstrings through a full range of motion.

Feel the mid and lower back muscles having to stabilize more, the deeper you go. Feel the glutes and hamstrings shorten on the way up, tight in the pelvic floor.

No need to bend the arms at the elbows, or shrug at the end, shoulders should be back and down. Develop this motor pattern until the breathing and movement is consistently flawless.

But for some weighted moves, especially ones that require an explosive movement, kettle bells reign supreme. You can also hold them by the handle or the bell (the round part of the weight), which allows you to get a different range of motion depending on the kettle bell exercise you're doing.

Plus, the shape of a kettle bell lets you work your muscles a little differently than a traditional dumbbell, Jessica Sims, a NASM-certified personal trainer at the Hitting Room in New York City, tells SELF. When you take a class with kettle bells, or any other new type of equipment, it's normal to feel a little lost.

Oh, and a quick lesson on the lingo: The “ball” refers to the heavy sphere at the bottom, and the handle is the part attached to it. The handle is also referred to as the “horns,” and can be gripped at the top, on the sides, or near the base where it meets the ball.

Adding a kettle bell increases the resistance your body has to work against to stand back up, challenging your muscles even more. In addition, holding the kettle bell close to your chest helps you nail proper form.

“When you pick up heavy grocery bags, you should squat down like this so you don't hurt your back.” Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out slightly, gripping the sides of the kettle bell handle with both hands at chest height.

They also secretly challenge your core, since you have to keep your abs tight to avoid arching your back. Sims says to choose a heavier weight with a dead lift—since you're not bending your elbows at all, you're mostly using your glutes, which are likely the strongest muscles in your body.

Hinge at your hips and push your butt back as you lower your torso and the weight toward the ground. “Make sure that you don’t let the kettle bells swing, keep them stable by your side like actual suitcases,” Sims says.

Push through your heels, putting most of the weight on the back foot, to return to the starting position. Adding weight to a sit-up adds an extra challenge for your core, and the press at the top works your shoulders and arms, too.

For these sit-ups, Sims says you can either keep your knees bent or put them in butterfly position, depending on what feels comfortable for your hips. Start in a sit-up position, lying on your back with your knees bent and feet on the floor.

Kettle bell swings are great for your butt, legs, and lower back, Sims says. You can probably go heavy here, but she suggests nailing the technique with a lighter kettle bell before adding too much weight.

To perform a swing with proper form, you have to “thrust your hips aggressively to get the kettle bell up, don't use your arms,” Sims explains. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, gripping the top of the kettle bell handle with both hands.

Bend your knees slightly, then hinge forward at the hips to swing the kettle bell between your legs. Stand back up; use the momentum from your hips to swing the weight to chest height.

Your form here should be similar to a traditional dead lift, except your legs should be wider than shoulder-width distance and your feet should be turned out a bit. Stand with feet wider than shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent, and toes angled out.

Switching to one-handed swings isolates one side at a time, which makes it harder and helps improve stability. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, gripping the top of the kettle bell handle with one hand.

Bend your knees slightly, then hinge forward at the hips to swing the kettle bell between your legs. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, gripping the top of the kettle bell handle with one hand.

Bend your knees slightly, then hinge forward at the hips to thread the kettle bell between your legs. Bring your now-empty hand to meet the weight at the top of the movement (so you don't slam it into your chest).

Grasp a kettle bell in each hand, palms facing out, arms bent so the weights are resting at each shoulder. Bend your knees just a few inches, and as you stand back up, press the weights straight up overhead.

To protect your lower back and make sure you're using your triceps, don't arch your back, Sims instructs. The key here is to straighten your arm completely at the top—that'll let you work the triceps through a full range of motion. Grip the kettle bell by the ball at the base of the handle with both hands and raise it directly overhead.

Keeping your elbows close to your ears, lower the kettle bell behind your head to neck level. The trick is to keep your core tight and hold your torso stable as you rotate your arms and the weight.

Lift the ball to eye level and slowly circle it around your head to the left. Hold the kettle bell handle in your right hand with your arm hanging straight at your side.

Holding a kettle bell above your head at the top of a crunch challenges your core and lower abs—so does the flutter motion of your legs. Start with the weight above your shoulders, and to make it more difficult, bring it a little behind your head, Sims says.

Make sure to keep your core super tight and lower back flat on the ground. If your back comes off the ground, or you feel any strain, bring your legs up a couple more inches.

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