Quick and Dirty Kettlebell Circuit Workout

Hi friends! How are ya? How’s the week going? We’re all a little sad today because my mom left yesterday. After we drop her off at the airport, the girls and I tearfully drive to get ice cream. Having her here was the best ever, and even though I know she’ll be back soon, we love when she’s in town. Usually when someone comes to visit we spend a lot of time out and about, exploring, dining out, and possibly doing a roadtrip. This time, we hung out here at the house a lot, and it was amazing. We watched lots of movies at night together and just enjoyed each other’s company. <3

For today’s post, I wanted to share an all-new workout. This one’s a kettlebell circuit, which will work your entire body and add in that extra core challenge from using the kettlebell. (You can check out a great post on kettlebell sport here!) As always, modify as needed and talk to a doctor before making any fitness changes. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

Total body kettlebell circuit workout! This workout will strengthen your entire body using a single kettlebell. fitnessista.com

 Wearing: Fabletics tank, lululemon shorts, Nikes (on sale)

Here’s what the workout looks like:

Total body kettlebell circuit workout! This workout will strengthen your entire body using a single kettlebell. fitnessista.com

Form cues and tips:

Goblet Squat: Place your feet just under your shoulders with toes slightly angled out. Hold a HEAVY kettlebell under your chin. Keep your chest lifted and a tight core as you sink back and down into your squat. Pretend like there is a chair behind you, and you’re going to tap your booty to the chair. The weight should remain in your heels. Exhale and squeeze your glutes to rise.

Side Lunge with Overhead Press and Knee Raise: Take a big step out with your right leg (holding the kettlebell), with your right foot angled out 45 degrees. (Your left leg stays straight and strong; toes point forward.) Think about sinking your hips down and back into your lateral lunge as you keep your core tight and your chest lifted. Exhale to step back towards center, and press the weights up overhead as you raise your right knee. That’s one rep.

Single Arm Swing: Stand hip-width apart and hold the kettlebell in between your knees with one hand. Start to gently swing it so you can gain some momentum. When you’re ready, power through your hips, glutes and core to swing the weight up to shoulder height, then bend your knees, swinging it back to start. Remember that you are NOT using your arms to lift the weight; this is pure glute and core power. Every time the weight goes up, make sure you’re strongly exhaling. 

Lunge with Pass Through: Hold the kettlebell in your right hand, take a big step forward to come into a lunge position. Watch your alignment and make sure your front knee is stacked over your front ankle, and your chest is lifted with a tight core. Pass the kettlebell through to your left hand, then step back to start position. Repeat, alternating legs.

Total body kettlebell circuit workout! This workout will strengthen your entire body using a single kettlebell. fitnessista.com

Single arm wide row to narrow row: Hinge forward from your hips and step one foot back. Bring your weight to your front foot and hold the kettlebell in the opposite hand (pic above). Squeeze your back to bend your arm in next to your torso for a narrow row. Lower down with control, and exhale to come up to a wide row with your arm at a 90 degree angle. 

Russian Twist: Sit with your knees bent, feet on the floor for beginners or lifted off the ground for more challenge. Hold the kettlebell with both hands and twist your upper body to the right, bringing the kettlebell towards the ground, then twist the left. That’s one rep. Pro tip: DO NOT cross your ankles; that takes your hips out of alignment. 

Please let me know if you give it a try!

What’s your favorite kettlebell move?? Do you live close to your fam/parents or nah?



Photos: Lindsay Colson

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  1. heather @Lunging Through Life on August 3, 2017 at 6:45 am

    I love using the kettlebell for workouts but never really know what to do. Thanks for this! Looks great!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      let me know if you give it a try!

  2. Laura @ Laura Likes Design on August 3, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Yesss to kettlebells — those little beasts make for such a good workout! I LOVE the color of your shorts, too! I need to pick up a pair of those!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      yes, they’re such a great tool! and the shorts match everything 🙂

  3. Carrie on August 3, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Kettlbells are awesome! Love swings and then supersetting with plyo moves without the kettlbell…. make a tabata style circuit like that!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      that is a brilliant combo! can’t wait to try it 🙂

  4. Caroline on August 3, 2017 at 9:11 am

    I didn’t know what I was in the mood for workout-wise when I got up this morning and then I checked my blog feed and saw this and immediately got my kettlebell out! It was awesome! I did three rounds and my legs were on fire by the end. I always love your workouts!!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      so amazing! happy to hear you gave it a whirl and got in a good workout!

  5. Sara on August 3, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Just did this! Loved it!!! Thank you

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      YAY so glad you liked it!

  6. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups on August 3, 2017 at 10:27 am

    I love kettle bell workouts! We live close to both our parents, something I did not really appreciate until I got older. Hope you have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      that is amazing! i miss being closer to fam, but am looking forward to the time when we can again 🙂

  7. Laura N on August 3, 2017 at 11:06 am

    I’ve always wanted to try kettle bell workouts and this looks awesome! I’ve been wanting to add some kettle bells to our home gym for some time now. What weight do you recommend I get?

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      yes! i like to use something lighter for single arm workout (anywhere from 10-20 lb depending on your strength training level) and something heavier for swings (i use 35 for swings).

  8. Taryn on August 3, 2017 at 11:30 am

    LOVE kettlebells! I recently did walking lunges with the kettlebells “racked” directly in front of my chest. Felt like I was using my arms and shoulders as well.

    We live right next door to my parents, and my brother and family live on the other side. So my kids can walk to their cousins’ house and their grandparents’. It truly does take a village to raise kids 🙂

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      ohh i like that idea!
      SO AMAZING yo live so close to everyone. i definitely miss being near our tucson family village

  9. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on August 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I love kneeling on one knee an doing shoulders raises on one side with a kettlebell. Such a good burn!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      OOOH i don’t think i’ve tried that one

  10. Sara @ Sara Steps on August 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I love the lunge with passthrough! I live very close to my parents and I’m so grateful. The husband’s are about 4 hours away so neither of us are too far!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      ahhh that is amazing. i can’t wait to live near family again <3

  11. Tracy on August 3, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I bet it’s tough to say good-bye to your mom! So sweet of her to make the trip all the way across the country to visit. At least frequent visits make it easier to say “see you soon” instead of “see you later”!

    Thanks for the workout!

    • Fitnessista on August 3, 2017 at 9:47 pm

      that is so true <3 we're so lucky she's been able to visit so often
      hope your week is going well!

  12. Bethany on August 4, 2017 at 1:20 am

    Love this! Thought on Russian Twist when one still has a bit of abdominal separation?

    • Fitnessista on August 5, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      skip it! i only demoed it for the workout pics but wouldn’t usually do it in my own workouts with ab separation

  13. Emma on August 4, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    I love kettle bell workouts and do these regularly after I’ve done my running! They are so effective and I love the progress you get from such a simple routine.

  14. Elizabeth Riddle on August 9, 2017 at 9:28 am

    This looks like such a good workout! Will definitely be trying this out!

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