The Godzilla Kettlebell Swing Workout

Oh goodness, do I have a crazy workout for you today! But first things first…

Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the moms out there!

I had a wonderful day with my mom yesterday, and I hope that she feels as special as she is. I know a lot of people claim their mom is the best, but really… mine is. 🙂

As for the rest of the weekend, let’s just say it was crazy! Filled with errands, car repairs (my air condition went out a few weeks ago), and a not so stellar run thanks to the crazy humidity and heat. It will take a good 2-3 weeks to accumulate to the summer, if not longer. The summer weather may have been miserable, but at least I live in a gorgeous city!

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The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on work, prepping for some rather big changes to our boot camps, and getting some workouts filmed.

It seems you guys are enjoying the kettlebell themed shows each week, so I am going to keep the kettlebell going strong again this week.

While last week’s workout was a little bit advanced, this one is perfect for all kettlebell levels! The swing is a classic move that has got to be perfected before moving on. So it only makes sense to create an entire workout around it… practice really does make perfect!

The Godzilla Kettlebell Swing Workout

Godzilla is just days from being in the theaters. I know some people don’t like these cheesy, over the top movies but you know what? Sometimes those are the types of movies we need. I don’t always need to walk away contemplating life, sometimes it’s nice to go brain dead for 2 hours while watching the screen.

Yes, for that reason, Dan and I love “fun” movies. And chances are we will watch Godzilla this weekend (matinee of course to beat the crowds and safe money)!

With Godzilla, it’ all about going big. And that’s what the workout is all about. Go big, or go home, right?

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Let’s quickly go over the moves so that you can add this workout to your schedule for the week ahead!

Kettlebell Swings

  • Make sure to keep the movement a hip movement, not a squat!
  • It’s as if doing a deadlift, push the hips back, core tight and back straight. Really push those hips forward and tighten your tush with each repetition!

One Arm Kettlebell Swings

  • They don’t differ from the swings above except that you’re using just one hand.
  • Keep the shoulders straight and core engaged to keep from having unnecessary rotation.

Push-Ups

  • Keep a kettlebell (or dumbbell) under your chest, as you alternate your push-up.
  • The hand that is on the ground should have to work a tad bit more than the one lifted.

Lunges

  • Keep the kettlebell in rack position as you step BACKWARDS for the lunges.
  • Keep the chest up, and back straight. Do not let your shoulders fall forward.

Leg Raise + Toe Touch

  • This is two separate moves, don’t rush through and combine them. This is the biggest issue I see with these.
  • Complete a leg raise, once at the top, crunch up while reaching for your toes. Lower your shoulders back down then return the feet back down.

What’s your favorite “just for fun” movie? 

I’m not embarrassed to say that I love Stick It! Mama Mia is at the top of the list as well!

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