For many guys, kettlebells are preferable to dumbbells because they more closely mimic and strengthen the movement patterns of daily life. They’re tailor-made for compound and rotational moves, force the user to maintain proper posture and squatting form, and kettlebell moves generally can be done in less space than those with their dumbbell counterparts.
Since the load of the ball is in the front of the handle, kettlebells allow you to work through a greater range of motion, improving mobility and flexibility. Plus, even though kettlebells don’t have the back-to-the-future novelty they had when they became commonplace in gyms a few years ago, they still help break the monotony of another dumbbell and barbell workout.
Kettlebell swings and goblet squats are staples of many workouts. Here are 10 kettlebell moves you might not have considered.
Pete Williams is a NASM certified personal trainer and the author or co-author of a number of books on performance and training.