Strength Training At Home

Doing your strength training at home has many advantages.

Sometimes you don’t feel like going to the gym. What would it look like if you did your strength training at home? Using your own weight lifting equipment at home in general has several benefits, such as:

  • exercising when it fits into your daily schedule,
  • exercising longer because you don’t have to drive to and from a gym,
  • not having to arrange for someone to watch your kids while at the gym,
  • saving gas by not having to drive your car to the gym,
  • using the money you would normally pay for a gym membership to buy your own equipment,
  • if you are in a cold part of the world, not having to go outside to get to a gym.

Do these sounds like benefits you want? If so, let’s talk about the different equipment options to consider.

You already know your fitness program should include strength training – around two days per week. But what equipment do you need? Before you go out and blow your budget on a huge strength training machine, think about these three things…

1) Type of equipment

Home strength training equipment can vary from a few resistance bands all the way to a multi-exercise, all-in-one machine. If you are just starting out, a few different levels of resistance bands may be all you need. As you outgrow the bands, you can add to (or replace) with equipment that allows you to develop more.

Many medium level and higher home strength trainers use a weight bench and free weights along with dumbbells and a barbell. You can start out with a few weights and add to it over time.

Of course at the high end of the equipment scale, you have all-in-one machines that are actually several machines arranged and connected in a circular fashion.

2) Available space

Think about how much space you have to commit to strength training equipment verses how much space the equipment takes up. If you live in an apartment, you probably do not have the space for an all-in-one machine.

For planning purposes, you should allow 20 to 30 square feet if you plan to buy resistance bands, kettlebells or a weight bench and small selection of weights. Anything larger and you will need anywhere from 35 to 50 square feet.

3) How much you can afford to spend

Fortunately, you can spend as little you want or as much as you afford. For under $100, you can get resistance bands, kettlebells, or some free weights and a non-adjustable weight bench.

Once you get into the adjustable weight benches and higher, plan to spend a minimum of $500 (up to $1,500 or more). Once you have answers to the three considerations, buy quality equipment that you can afford.

For example, instead of buying the best all-in-one machine, buy a mid-range one and resistance bands or kettlebells. Not only will you have the same amount of money invested, it will give you more flexibility in the exercises that you can do with the equipment you have.

Kettlebell Workout Training Guide

Introducing the Burn Body Fat Kettlebell Training Guide.

Blast Fat Away… Be Fitter…

Be Healthier… Be Stronger!

Check Out the Burn Body Fat Kettlebell Training Guide and be on the Path to Living Your Life in a More Fit and Healthy Way!

Answer these questions:

  1. Are you satisfied with the shape of your midsection and the rest of your body?
  2. Can you go to the beach and confidently show off your toned and sexy body?
  3. Do you have strong arms, powerful thighs and legs, a sculpted core, and a sturdy back that can withstand pressure?
  4. Is your butt firm and really attractive, something that you can be proud of?

If you weren’t able YES to any or all those questions; if there’s something about your body that makes you cringe, or want to conceal it in loose ill-fitting clothes…

If you do not have a medical condition but you lack energy, focus, strength, and the passion to welcome life and its daily challenges, then something needs to change!

Something needs to be changed and it needs to be changed NOW!

How would you like to burn and extra 400 calories in 20 minutes? Just think of how many calories you can burn in one, two and many more hours as you keep following along.

Excess calories would normally turn into fat but with a Kettlebell workout routine, you can make your body a more efficient muscle building and fat burning machine.

With a Total Body Kettlebell Workout You Will…

  • Become leaner
  • Build more muscles
  • Become stronger
  • More flexible
  • Improve your endurance and mobility

You’ve wasted enough of your life. If you’ve tried all sorts of diets that are difficult to comply with… if you’ve exercised using different kinds of equipment, but still failed at losing fat and building muscle… we know the feeling, because we’ve been there.

We know how it is to hope, only to be disappointed. We know how it is to work so hard to reach your goal, only to be frustrated when nothing happens. This time, you can be assured of the effectiveness of what you are about to embark on:

A new lifestyle that focuses on attaining fitness, health and wellness!

Get started with the complete “Burn Body Fat Kettlebell Training Guide” and follow along with the Kettlebell Workout Videos that come with it. The guide gives you overviews about the exercises included in the Kettlebell Workout Videos, and tells you about the benefits to be gained by using Kettlebells to shape your body and improve your health.

Meanwhile, the 22 Demonstration Kettlebell Workout Videos clearly show step-by-step how to execute the moves that will make the most profound changes in your physical appearance.

You’ll learn why having a good sense of balance is so important to being able to correctly perform exercises that allow you to lose unwanted pounds safely, without the need for any medication, invasive surgery, or diets that are unrealistic and nearly impossible to maintain.

You’ll find out how to have the kind of endurance that prevents fatigue, or a feeling of being burned-out, from trying to take control of your life. You’ll discover unknown physical power residing within you. You’ll experience this special power that’s unique to you and your life, released in an explosively potent way!

And all of these will happen through a set of easy-to-follow Kettlebell exercises that teach you how to make the best use of your 8 major muscle groups to not only get the kind of physical stamina, strength, and sensual attractiveness that you desire, but also the level of health and wellness that are sure to be the envy of others.

If you lack energy and do not have the kind of body build that commands admiration…

It’s easy to say that you just weren’t fated to have great genes.

It’s easy to claim that your metabolism is simply slow, and leave it at that.

It’s easy to state that you plainly don’t have the time or patience to perform a grueling and long workout with precision and dedication.

It’s easy to assert that everyone only has one life to enjoy on earth, and you’re not about to waste yours by depriving yourself of the food you love in an attempt to look good!

Yes, it’s easy to insist that the cards are stacked against you; that you’ve done all you can… and that the best thing to do would be to accept your destiny as a person who has low energy levels, who is lacking in flexibility and mobility, and who gets easily worn out by doing even common household chores!

Yes, it’s easy to say all that… But should you?

You Know Better Than That!

Deep inside, you know that you deserve better!

A better life… A better sense of fitness… A better approach towards facing the challenges that come each day! You deserve it.

Embrace this opportunity to turn your life around.

It’s time to get your rightful share of a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Don’t pass up on this opportunity. Don’t doubt your ability to finally shed that body fat and build fantastic muscles in all the right places. Subscribe now to the My Fitness Nut Newsletter at the top of and get access to all 22 Kettlebell exercise videos that go with the “Burn Body Fat Kettlebell Training Guide”. Start now and in a short time you can be on the path to living your life in a more fit and healthy way!

Kettlebell Exercise Form and Technique

Practising the proper form and technique doing kettlebell exercises is important.

We’ve been mentioning form and technique from the beginning of this Burn Body Fat Kettlebell Training Guide so it’s about time that we discuss both, and what makes them important as far as doing a Kettlebell workout is concerned.

When using Kettlebells as a fitness tool, form and technique go together. Mastering one is useless, if you don’t have the other.

Kettlebell Exercise Form

The actions listed below should be done immediately before doing Kettlebell exercises.

Note the position of your legs. Some Kettlebell exercises require that they be positioned about 5 inches more than your shoulder width. Some don’t. Observe the proper position so that you can always maintain your balance.

  • Let your body weight be supported by your heels.
  • Keep your chest up. This helps you in maintaining proper breathing.
  • Retract your shoulders, or keep them squared back.
  • Loosen your arm muscles, but be ready to have the muscles contract and expand when you pick up the Kettlebell.
  • Make sure you have a steady grip.
  • Avoid slouching.
  • Relax your neck muscles. Let them support your head, which shouldn’t be positioned stiffly downwards or upwards.

For certain Kettlebell exercises, your head position should allow your eyes to naturally focus on the ground, about 5 to 6 feet ahead. For other exercises, your eyes would need to follow the movements of the Kettlebell. Do check the demonstration videos that accompany this training guide for more specific directions.

Finally, tighten your butt, abs, and thighs as you do each of your Kettlebell exercises.

Kettlebell Exercise Technique

Your techniques will depend on what Kettlebell exercises you are doing during your Kettlebell workout. The 22 demonstration videos that accompany this guide will be very helpful to you in using the proper techniques, as each video provides clear and easy to follow audio and visual steps.

Still, it’s useful and always a source of comfort to keep these general pointers about technique in mind, particularly when you are just starting with Kettlebell exercises.

Don’t be intimidated by the skill of others doing a Kettlebell workout. Remember that everyone was a beginner before. Just focus on your own performance and keep steadily at it, until you notice improvements happening.

Consider the condition of your own body. Kettlebell exercises can be very engaging, to the point that you will be tempted to repeat them beyond what is recommended. You may also be inclined to speed up the movements. Doing such things is counterproductive to your fitness and wellness goals.

Remember that steady progress is more important than speed.

A Kettlebell workout should be fun, not physically taxing to the point of sheer exhaustion and frustration. So, enjoy doing all your Kettlebell exercises by focusing on the way your body feels and how it’s improving as weeks go by. Remind yourself always that all your exertions will be worth it once you accomplish what you set out to achieve: a leaner, stronger physique.

For readers of the website, you can get the entire “Burn Body Fat Kettlebell Training Guide” and Kettlebell training videos at no cost by subscribing to our newsletter to get the videos, then go to the beginning of this series and start on the first Kettlebell training article and follow along as you work toward your goals.

Killer Kettlebell Squats

A nice compliment to your exercise routine is doeing Kettlebell Squats.

It’s funny how Kettlebell squats also go by the alias of the “Killer Exercises.” But Kettlebell squats are a different breed of “killers.” Instead of doing away with us, they actually help in making us enjoy life longer by making us fit and by making us healthier and stronger.

Kettlebell Squats – Weird but Healthy

To be very frank about it, a squat is a weird or unnatural position to take. Humans weren’t meant to squat. But in Kettlebell workouts, squats are a routine part of exercising. And, surprise, surprise! When you do Kettlebell squats, you’ll notice that the benefits will outweigh any sort of inconvenience you might feel for a short time.

In a nutshell, a squatting position is really unusual, but it’s healthy, so go on and do it if you are in good enough shape to be able to do so! Start slow and build up while being mindful to avoid injury from pushing yourself into something you are not ready for.

How Healthy is Healthy?

The question of just how healthy is healthy will arise among non-believers. That’s a good attitude to take, so don’t let snake oil slither into your life. Anyway, here’s proof that Kettlebell squats are great for you:

They improve mobility, which is perfect for those with creaky bones and tight muscles

They make your lower back, legs, core, and hips stronger, more powerful for running, walking, cycling, bending, and kicking (be careful of what you kick!)

They burn calories and melt your fat

And, if you continue with your Kettlebell workouts, you can be sure that if ever they make a sequel of the movie 300, you’ll be able to audition for one of the roles reserved for one of the beefy warriors!

Hey, why not?

It’s what Gerard Butler did. He had to undergo 4 months of training, of which Kettlebells were a featured performer. 4 months of training to get a warrior’s physique! Well, of course, he also did other exercises, but without the Kettlebell routines, he probably wouldn’t have made a convincing King Leonidas.

Here’s a Demonstration of a Kettlebell Goblet Squat:

Remember what we talked about in the “Inside Kettlebell Heaven” section of this guide…

You’ll understand this well when you first get hold of a Kettlebell. When you are new to it, you’ll most likely be caught off-guard when you try to swing it for the first time: What the heck, does this funny looking iron thing have a mind of its own? Is it trying to make me turn left even if I’m trying to swing right?

So, how about it? Are you ready to pick up a Kettlebell and add Kettlebell squats to your exercise routine? Review the videos that go along with this article then pick up the whole set by subscribing to the My Fitness Nut Newsletter at Last thing, before you start exercising the Kettlebell way, check out the “Form and Technique are Crucial in Kettlebell Exercises” segment of this guide for some final but important information.

Life with Kettlebell Cardio

Use Kettlebell cardio exercises to get the heart pumping.

No matter what you may have heard from other people, more is not necessarily always better. If you’re still doubtful about that, just think of people who have had one too many to drink.

Acting like a Bozo the Clown wannabe because of having had too much alcohol sure doesn’t make the grade for “better”.

That point also applies to exercise, because when you push your body to keep on going with a certain routine, you will eventually plateau, which means you won’t be getting anymore benefits from the activity no matter if it’s cardiovascular or strength building.

The only way you can remove yourself from that plateau is by raising the speed and incline levels, if you’re using a treadmill, for example; or by challenging your body by adding more weights when you’re using a home gym or lifting barbells or dumbbells.

The Huge Kettlebell Cardio Difference

Those things are not concerns that arise when you’re doing Kettlebell cardio, because there’s a huge difference in the nature of typical cardio exercises and endurance building exercises and Kettlebell exercises; Kettlebell workouts do both (cardio and endurance building) at the same time.

This is because:

Kettlebells don’t have evenly distributed weights, unlike that of other weightlifting equipment used to build strength such as barbells and dumbbells. This uneven weight distribution makes you strive harder for balance, and gives Kettlebells explosive power with each rising and swinging movement.

Kettlebell cardio benefits include the improvement of aerobic capacity (the maximum capacity of your body to use oxygen while exercising), THEN improving your anaerobic capacity which is the ability of your body to keep on functioning at high performance levels, without too much reliance on oxygen.

In short, when you do Kettlebell cardio exercises, it’s not just your cardiovascular system that’s being showered with your love; your muscles are also rejoicing because they also get the strength building workout they need to be in tip-top shape.

Can’t get any cooler than that!

You have several Kettlebell cardio exercises to choose from in the videos that come with this guide. You’ll want a mix of different exercises like the ones on the Kettlebell Videos that come with your subscription to the My Fitness Nut Newsletter at Next on the agenda is “Kettlebell Squats: Killer Exercises for a Longer, Fuller Life”. Remember, when you do a variety of different exercises you get the benefits of doing Kettlebell cardio as well as full body endurance building.

Kettlebell Deadlift Demo

How to do a Kettlebell Deadlift.

One of the things that are so great about living in this day and age is the fact that information exchange is so fast. For instance, if you were informed that doing a Kettlebell deadlift exercise is a surefire way to strengthen your hamstrings, glutes, and the lower part of your back, that’s good information on its own already.

But, that’s the kind of information that doesn’t really let you know the details that you want to find out, as in, WHY you should want a Kettlebell deadlift to strengthen your hamstrings, glutes, and the lower part of your back. So, let’s explore for a moment.

Doing the Kettlebell Deadlift for Your Glutes and Your Back

Your glutes and the lower part of your back have an essential function and it’s not just to make you look sexy from behind while you’re walking away. Aside from that, of course, these two parts of your body should be strong because they are necessary for performing a number of common chores in daily life.

Your glutes need to be strong to enable you to sit down and get up from a chair properly. Your glutes are indispensable for walking, running, bending, and squatting.

As for your lower back muscles, they function in harmony with your glutes (barring a medical issue) to provide you support. Having a strong back also means that you’ll be dealing less with things such as back pain, because your lower back can withstand more.

Kettlebell Deadlift Demonstration Video:

Doing the Kettlebell Deadlift for Your Hamstrings

Your hamstrings also benefit from a Kettlebell deadlift. Having strong hamstrings means that your knees are protected from injury, because the hamstrings are the muscles that handle the stresses which would otherwise fall on the knee to manage.

So, if you want to lead a more active lifestyle and rise above your present physical limitations arising from a weak lower back, and underdeveloped glutes and hamstrings, you can do a Kettlebell deadlift and see the positive changes happen over a short time.

Remember, though, that if you have an existing medical condition, you first need to get medical clearance before performing any kind of exercise.

Next we’ll move on to what a little Kettlebell cardio can do if you reach that dreaded platuea. And if you haven’t done so by now, go grab the free Kettlebell workout videos that you get when subscribing to the Newsletter at the top of the home page.

Kettlebell Ab Exercises

It's true that Kettlebell ab exercises can really burn the body fat.

Kettlebell Ab Exercises: Belying the Myth of the Unbeatable Belly

Are Kettlebell ab exercises really effective? Can they really make the belly fat go away, and bring out a beautifully ripped abdomen from what used to be flabby midsection?

Too often, people grouse about the condition of their bodies, reserving their most reproachful words for their poor belly, conveniently forgetting that their abdomen didn’t balloon on its own.

Too much indulgence in the wrong kinds of food and a lack of fat-burning physical movement are the main causes for having a huge, flabby belly. Sometimes, other reasons can be pinpointed such as hormonal problems, slow metabolism, certain types of illness; but the situations they cause are few and far in between.

The Culprit – Calories and Couch Potatoes

It’s mostly excess calories and/or being sedentary that can cause fat to build up in the abdomen. Those affected have tried to go on diets and increase their cardio, hoping to achieve those fat-burning promises made by promoters of running, climbing, and other activities that are supposed to increase cardiovascular rate, and eventually burn fat.

While there have been instances of success reported, efforts to reduce abdominal fat have been futile for the most part. That’s because diets are hard to sustain. And exercise that is wrongly done is nearly the same as not exercising at all.

Other parts of the body may become leaner, but the flabby belly just stays there, making you look like Santa without the happy, welcoming smile.

When people saw that no positive changes happened despite their best efforts, they just gave up on trying to remove the fat from their midsection. And thus, the Legend of the Unbeatable Belly was born.

Interval Training with Kettlebell Ab Exercises

But, myths and legends are not reality. The reality is, Kettlebell ab exercises can beat that fat bullying belly and make it go away. The secret lies in the fact that Kettlebell ab exercises feature the use of Interval Training. This kind of exercise utilizes fluctuating levels of exertion that give most people no choice but to burn fat.

Interval training is important because it suppresses the production of cortisol, the stress hormone that has been identified as one of the reasons for the retention of fat in your midsection. Exercising for an hour using a constant rate doesn’t make the grade. It’s got to be interval training if you want to remove that stubborn fat on your abdomen.

And that’s where Kettlebell ab exercises would do just perfect, effectively belying the myth of the unbeatable belly. So, follow along to the Kettlebell Deadlift section and rise above your limitations.

The Kettlebell Windmill

Here's how to do the Kettlebell Windmill.

Reach Your Impossible Dream with a Kettlebell Windmill

Aside from being a very well-known symbol of Holland, windmills also represent a strong force to contend with, a very formidable opponent, in fact. Blame that last one on Don Quixote de la Mancha. He’s the guy popularized in many works of art that include a novel, plays, films, and even a song (“The Impossible Dream”). Delusional dude, Don Quixote was, although he had the most noble of intentions. He fought windmills, thinking that they were ferocious giants.

So, what does all that have to do with a Kettlebell windmill, aside from the name?

Plenty. For one thing, many people think that their fat-loss and strength building goals are impossible to achieve. That’s probably because most of these people have already tried numerous diets and an assortment of exercises ranging from cardio to endurance building moves, such as weight lifting.

Yet, for all that, they still remain in the same unfit condition as when they started.

The Kettlebell Windmill to the Rescue

In such a situation, a Kettlebell windmill can come to the rescue. Although in the works of art mentioned earlier, windmills were the bad guys, in Kettlebell workouts, a windmill is an exercise that can turn your fitness, health and wellness goals into reality.

The main muscles that are “attacked” (in keeping with our Don Quixote theme for this chapter) by the Kettlebell windmill exercise are the:

  • Abdominals (core, stomach muscles)
  • Hamstrings (back of the thighs)
  • Glutes (the butt)
  • Lower back muscles
  • Triceps
  • Shoulder muscles
  • Upper back muscles

A Kettlebell windmill is not recommended for building muscles, but it sure builds up endurance and it sure burns the fat.

A Warm-Up Exercise that Can Stand on its Own

What makes a Kettlebell windmill unique is that it is primarily designed to be a warm-up exercise. However, because it is challenging, many Kettlebell workout enthusiasts perform this exercise as a stand-alone endurance move on its own.

Due to the fact that a Kettlebell windmill has been proven to increase mobility in both the hips and the shoulders, it is one of the exercises that have become a favorite among those who need to have strong shoulders and hips that do not “lock,” or are capable of executing fluid, graceful motions.

Athletes, fashion models, and gymnasts have been known to incorporate a Kettlebell windmill into their workouts to gain the best of benefits, which include:

  • Increased coordination
  • More strength
  • Fat reduction
  • A resilient core
  • Better sense of balance
  • Heightened stability of the shoulders
  • Key Precautions Doing the Kettlebell Windmill

Owing to the challenging nature of the Kettlebell windmill (which could motivate enthusiasts to push themselves harder while doing it) the following precautions need to be observed to avoid injuries:

Do not ever attempt to do this exercise if you feel that your back is “off” – this means that if you suspect that you have a pulled muscle in your back or even a pinched nerve in the area of your shoulders with pain that radiates to any part of your back, you should not do a Kettlebell windmill.

Do not exercise to the point of muscle failure – the release of endorphins or pain killers during consistent and continued physical activity can make the Kettlebell handler ignore the burn that is building up in his or her muscles.

Be sensitive to your body’s condition in order to avoid any kind damage to your muscles or to your spine and never do any exercise that you are not totally confident that you are doing correctly.

Okay, that wraps up the Kettlebell windmill section so be sure to check out the video that comes with this guide and follow me on over to the Kettlebell ab exercises section and we’ll look at why Kettlebells are a great tool for getting rid of that horrendous belly fat.

The Kettlebell Clean

The Kettlebell Clean is one neat exercise to do.

Do the Kettlebell Clean – But Don’t Let it Burn Baby

In the course of time, there are many unusual beliefs that have been promoted in the name of physical fitness, body sculpting, and health and wellness. Among these is the belief that you have to feel a “burn” with each of the exercises that you do, because if you don’t, then it means you didn’t do your workout well.


The truth is, when you do your workouts, what you should do when you experience a burn, is to ease back a bit on your exertions, because a burn is an alert coming from your body that a possible injury is inching its way to happening, and making a mess of your muscles.

Fortunately, with Kettlebell workouts, there are exercises that are good for keeping muscles tidily toned. One of the more prominent ones for doing so is the Kettlebell clean. To understand more fully, let’s discuss muscle burns first.

Lactic Acid Sends a Burning Message

Have you ever tried exercising regularly? If yes, there’s a good chance that gym instructors, fitness trainers, health and wellness gurus, and even your couch potato friend that you dragged like a wet bag of fertilizer to the gym to be your spotter, have probably screamed at you to “feel the burn!” – inspired no doubt by your sweaty, wide-eyed, panting look of pained desperation for more oxygen and rest.

The truth is, instead of thinking that a burn should motivate you to go harder and faster and to do more, you should start feeling concerned when you start feeling a muscle burn. That’s because a burn is a reliable sign of muscle fatigue starting to make its ugly head seen.

In response to this fatigue, your body produces lactic acid. No, it’s not the same thing that lactating mothers feed their babies with.

Lactic acid is what your body uses to inform you through a burning, heavy feeling in your legs or whatever part of your body has been receiving the most pressure during your exercise, that your muscles are already tired, and could you just give everyone a short break?

Ignore this plaintive plea from your muscles and they’ll hit back with a vengeance: how about a week of being sidelined with sore muscles and even a high fever?

Demonstration of the Kettlebell One Arm Clean:

The Kettlebell Clean and Your Muscles

It’s a good thing that Kettlebell exercises such as a Kettlebell clean are not recommended to be done until you feel that pesky burn. In fact, if anyone tells you that you should, you could hand over one of your Kettlebells to them and tell them to go knock their head with it.

Seriously, do not do a Kettlebell clean to the point of muscle fatigue. Your forearms and your shoulders, which are the primary movers involved in a Kettlebell clean, should not hurt.

Don’t listen to anyone who insists that a Kettlebell clean is meant to make your forearms harder and more sinewy. While it is true that a Kettlebell clean can be fat burning and endurance building, as is the case with other Kettlebell exercises, it doesn’t have to be so rough and tough in execution that you start thinking of Boris and his comrades and wishing they had never thought of converting a crop weighing tool into a piece of fitness equipment.

Remember, when in doubt about how to do a Kettlebell exercise properly, just refer to the Kettlebell workout videos that you get when subscribing to the My Fitness Nut Newsletter found at the top of Simply open the page with the Kettlebell Videos on it and scroll down until you see “Kettlebell Clean”. Next, we’ll cover doing the Kettlebell Windmill which you will also find on the videos.

The Kettlebell Snatch

Make it happen with a Kettlebell snatch.

What comes to mind when you hear the word “snatch?” If you say you think of a rough, fast move that takes away something from where it originally was, then you’ve got a good grasp of the typical definition held by many people.

Kettlebell fitness enthusiasts however, would most likely think of something else when they hear the phrase “Kettlebell snatch” and that is: totally powerful, full-body exercise.

You can get rid of approximately 300 calories during a 20-minute snatching session; maybe more depending on your body type. That is equivalent to the calories you expend running for 20-25 minutes at a speed of 6 minutes per mile.

What Happens During a Kettlebell Snatch?

Falling in love then getting engaged is nothing new. In fact, it’s considered as the normal turn of events. But it’s the reverse with doing a Kettlebell snatch because what happens is that, first, you engage yourself in the activity, and then, you fall in love with doing the snatches.

This will happen when you realize all the benefits that you get from such an engagement, you’ll want to do it over and over again.

A Kettlebell snatch features some advanced movements…

When you assume the partial squat position, and you swing the Kettlebell in-between your open legs, you are using your:

  • Biceps – the front muscles of your upper arms
  • Erector spinae – the lower back muscles
  • Gastrocnemius and soleus – the back of your lower legs
  • Abdominals – the stomach or core
  • Gluteus maximus – the butt
  • Hamstrings – the muscles in the back of the thighs
  • Quadriceps – the muscles in the front of the thighs
  • Latissimus dorsi – the large, triangular muscle in the middle of your back
  • Rhomboids – the muscles between your shoulder blades

When you stand up, bringing the Kettlebell with you, you are primarily using your hips.

Your hamstrings, back muscles, and shoulders are still involved, of course, but it is your thrusting hips that provide the power or momentum when you raise the Kettlebell.

If you don’t thrust your hips forward, you risk losing balance and falling down because of the weight of the Kettlebell that’s being raised in an arc by your arm.

Secondary to your hip movements is the support of your gluteus maximus. Your butt muscles tighten up when you thrust your hips, and that’s why when you do a Kettlebell snatch, you end up looking sexy from the shoulders and all the way down.

Demonstration of the Kettlebell Snatch:

Safety Tips When Doing Kettlebell Snatches

If you’re not careful, it’s not that hard to get injured while doing a snatch. To help to avoid injuries, always observe these fundamental tips:

  1. Make sure your hands are dry, not sweaty, because a good, firm grip is essential to do proper Kettlebell snatch.
  2. Make sure that the size or weight of the Kettlebell you are using is appropriate to your fitness level and gender (see “The Kettlebell Saga: From Farmers to Fitness Nuts” for details).
  3. Do not hurry in jerking the Kettlebell from the ground, especially if you are new to exercising with Kettlebells. Follow the “easy does it” rule. You can increase the speed of your movements after you get used to handling the weight and movement you are doing.
  4. Maintain the straightness of your wrists during the “catch” part of the snatch, and make sure that your arm is extended.

A Kettlebell snatch makes use of both speed and full body coordination. You can be tempted into going faster and faster, but, again, do your best to do the snatch with moderation until you master it. Your body will thank you for it.

Remember that you can always get the full set of Kettlebell Workout Videos, the ones that go along with the information we’re sharing with you here, when you subscribe to the My Fitness Nut Newsletter at In the next article, “Keep Your Muscles Toned with the Kettlebell Clean” (also included in the videos) will give you the next step in developing your own personal Kettlebell workout routine.