The 10 Best Kettlebell Arm Exercises For Women
Let’s make the best of it and start the week off on the right foot with a great workout! What do you say?
It seems that a lot of you are interested in kettlebell training, so this episode is for you! And there will be lots more in the future.
Believe it or not, kettlebell workouts are more than just swings and Turkish Getups! The sky is the limit, and I thought it would be fun to show a few kettlebell exercises demonstrating that.
You know, summer isn’t far off. So it’s important to start working towards that summertime body we all want now.
Let’s start with arms.
The exercises below can help you get the toned arms that you want to show off in sleeveless dresses and tanks. Arms that you are not embarrassed about waving around. Arms that make other ladies stop you and say, “wow, you look amazing!”
Kettlebells can help. Here are a few of my favorite kettlebell arm exercises. Watch the moves, and if you’re comfortable with kb training then give them a go this week… no, today!
10 Kettlebell Arm Exercises
High Pulls can help not only tone the muscles in your arms, shoulders and back but they are great for helping you learn the more advanced snatch (see below).
Make sure to get the elbow up high on the row. The bottom of the kettlebell comes up to be perpendicular to the wall in front of you. Once there, forcefully push the bell back out. Don’t just let gravity pull it down.
Squat With High Pull (Rectilinear High Pull)
An awesome total body move! Complete a squat, then upon standing, pull the kettlebell up while having the elbows go out. Row the weight until it’s at a height right under the chin.
Concentrate on form, keep the chest up, back straight and shoulders packed. Basically, don’t let them curl forward. And of course, engage the core!
Kettlebell Push-Up Renegade Row
These are so much fun, but pretty hard core. You’ll need two kettlebells of equal weight to complete the move.
Place the hands inside of the handles to keep the bells steady. If you’re using competition kettlebells, you might be able to keep your grip on the handles for the entire move because of their larger size and stability.
Complete a push-up (being up allows for great range of motion), at the top, grab the handle and row the weight up to the outside of the chest. Keep the elbow in close to the body and it rows up ward.
Repeat push-up and complete a row with the other arm.
Warning… as you get tired, it’s easy to let your butt drop and back arch. Focus on form and keep the core engaged.
Overhead Tricep Extension
Thought that tricep extensions could only be done with dumbbells and barbells? Nope! The shape of a kettlebell actually lends itself perfectly for doing tricep extensions.
Make sure to stand up straight, squeeze your butt, open your chest and plant yourself firmly to the ground.
When bringing the weight down behind your head, focus on keeping the elbows squeezed in to really make those tricep muscles know they’re working.
Keep the head facing forward, back straight and breath in with each repetition.
I prefer a standing press over seated presses because they incorporate the abs and butt more for stabilization.
Start with the kettlebell in rack position (the position with elbow in and the bell right in front of the shoulder). From here, simply push the kettlebell straight up keeping the arm beside your ear. As you push up, rotate the hand forward.
Lower back down and repeat.
Single Arm Chest Press
You don’t need a bench to do bench press!
Lay on the ground, grab your kettlebell, and lift up so your elbow is still on the ground, but the weight is up.
Your elbow should be at around a 45-degree angle from your body. From here, push through your chest and arm to push the weight straight up while extending the arm. Keep the weight by your chest, not over your face.
Lower back and and repeat.
Standing Chest Press
A new twist for an old move! Get up off the floor and stand with feet firmly planted on the ground, shoulder width apart.
Start with the kettlebell right in front of the chest, elbows in by your sides. Breath deep, as you breath out, push the weight straight out in front. Keep the core tight and engaged to make sure the body stays straight and there is no arch in the back.
Return to start and repeat.
Start as if doing the chest press above, but instead of pushing out in front, you’ll push the kettlebell up and over your head, keeping the elbows bent. Pull to return to your starting position.
These are so much fun!
Stand in the strong stance from above, holding both sides of a kettlebell. The kettlebell should be upside down. From here, rotation the kettlebell over your shoulder and around your head. As it goes back, the weight is turned over (so that behind your head it should be right side up). Complete a full rotation to return to start.
Just like the previous exercises… keep tight in the core!
A kettlebell staple. What I love about kettlebells is that they are anything but isolation moves. All of the exercises above are much more than just arm exercises… they work the core, the glutes, etc… and the snatch is no different.
Make sure that you have mastered the swing and the clean before attempting to try a snatch. If you aren’t comfortable with kettlebells yet, don’t do this move.
Basically, the moves is this: Complete a high pull, at the top of the pull, you will push through the kettlebell and take it all the way to the top of a press position).
Arms, shoulders, core, legs, glutes… you name it, snatches work it.
Your Arm Workout
If you’re a kettlebell lover like me, I challenge you to try all of these moves this week. Aim for 10-15 reps for 3 sets and see how they feel! More importantly, see how your arms feel.
Don’t have kettlebells?
No biggie, most of the moves can be done with dumbbells!
What’s your favorite arm exercise?
This or that… Would you rather work arms or legs?