As you may have noticed, I love the kettlebell swing. This is for a variety of very good reasons.
Reasons why Jenni thinks the KB Swing rocks
- It’s a kickass way to build strength and get your heart rate up
- It builds hip dominant strength which most women (and some men) lack
- It builds muscular endurance
- It builds cardiovascular endurance
- It helps improve posture
- It prevents or improves back pain
- It works every major muscle in your body
- It can be done with almost any piece of equipment
There’s more reasons why I love the KB swing, but we’ll stick to those for now.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart
- Grip your weight in one hand or if you can, with both hands
- Start by pushing your hips back, letting the weight swing backwards between your legs
- Extend your knees and thrust your hips forward forcefully, swinging the weight up to eye level
- Absorb the weight as it comes back down and repeat
- This isn’t a squat as much as it is a hip movement
- Concentrate on contracting your glutes when pushing your hips forward
- Keep your arms straight at all times
- Beginners should start with a lighter weight around 12 pounds. You’ll want to scale up as you get stronger.
- Kettlebells are fairly cheap and can be purchased on Amazon.