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Adding some Kettlebell exercises to your workouts

The following kettlebell exercises are some of the more popular. Try adding a few of the exercises, doing three to four sets of 12 to 15 repetitions, to your regular fitness regimen.

Swing – Stand with feet shoulder-width apart. Grip a kettlebell with two hands with the weight of the ball centered in the middle finger. Swing the kettlebell to shoulder height or straight overhead and hold for one second. Keeping the movement slow and in control, return the kettlebell to starting position.

Squat and press — Stand with legs shoulder-width apart or wider and grip a kettlebell in each hand, holding them at chest height a few inches apart with palms together. Tilt your hips back and squat downward like you are sitting into a chair, keeping the knees behind your toes. Maintaining an upright torso, continue down into the squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor while raising the arms overhead, rotating the palms so they face forward at the end of the movement. Return to starting position.

Single-arm clean and press — Start with a kettlebell on the ground and stand with legs at least shoulder-width apart. Grab the kettlebell and lift it to shoulder height with the palm facing the body. Then shrug and press the bell overhead, palms facing forward, using a slight throw and catch.

Single-arm alternate swing – Standing with the legs at least shoulder-width apart, grip a kettlebell, centering its weight in the middle finger, and swing it to shoulder height. Let go, quickly catch the kettlebell with the other arm and return to starting position.

Lunge — Grip the round part of a kettlebell with two hands and hold at chest height. Start with your feet together and shoulders back. Take a large step forward with the right foot. Lower to a 90-degree position while pressing the kettlebell overhead. Be sure to keep the torso upright, the shoulders back and the knee behind the toe. Push off the heel of the front leg and return to starting position, lowering the kettlebell back to the chest.

Overhead squat — Stand with the feet at least shoulder-width apart and hold two kettlebells straight overhead. Tilt your hips back and squat downward like you are sitting into a chair, keeping the knees behind your toes. Maintaining an upright torso, continue down into the squat until your thighs are parallel to the floor, and slowly return to starting position. As you complete each repetition, keep the arms straight overhead.

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