Add Kettlebells To Your At-Home Workouts

Working out from home can have its challenges, most notably a lack of gym equipment. Luckily, kettlebells are not only easy to get your hands on and store (even in the smallest of spaces) they're an effective piece of kit when it comes to improving overall strength and flexibility, while also reducing fat and creating healthy, lean muscles. Even better, unlike dumbbells which have an even distribution of weight, a kettlebell’s weight creates the need to counterbalance and stabilise your body while you’re using it, which means you’re building core strength, balance and coordination too.

Master the art of these 3 moves:

Swing

Works: Shoulders, back, hips, glutes, legs, core, arms

How to do it: Stand with your feet just wider than hip width apart. Pick up the kettlebell by the handle with both hands with your palms facing your body. Keeping your knees slightly bent, drive your hips backwards and drop the kettlebell between your legs. As powerfully as you can, drive your hips forward, swinging the kettlebell in front of your body while keeping your glutes and core tight. Repeat for 12- 15 reps. 

Goblet squat

Works: Legs, glutes, back, core 

How to do it: Hold the sides of the kettlebell handle in both hands and hold it directly in front of your chest. Keeping your feet hip width apart, bend into a squat, making sure your knees are just behind your toes and that the weight is on your heels. Once you’re in a squat position, drive up with your heels until you’re in a standing position. Repeat for 12-15 reps. 

Upright row 

Works: Back, legs, shoulders, arms, core

How to do it: Start with your feet a little wider than hip width apart, with the kettlebell between your feet. Squat to pick the kettlebell up by the handle, then push up through your heels to standing while bringing the kettlebell up to your chin using your arms and shoulders. Lower the kettlebell back down to your starting position and repeat for 12-15 reps.