The Godzilla Kettlebell Swing Workout

by TaylorR

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!

 

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Abi@AbsofSteel May 12, 2014 at 7:29 am

geez, that workout is swing mania! Plenty of opportunities to perfect your swing in there. Just a question on the lunges, do you do 10 each side or 10 altogether and do you switch which side you hold the weight on each time?

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TaylorR May 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

For beginners, I would say 10 total… for you… 10 per side ;) Do 10 holding it in the left and 10 with it in the right.

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Sheena May 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

Looks like a lot of fun :) And I completely agree on needing a easy watch sometimes, I love the first Transformers for that, I’ve seen it at least half a dozen times!!

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TaylorR May 12, 2014 at 10:42 am

I love Transformers too! My brother was all about them as a kid, so I have enjoyed them now as an adult!

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Jojo @ RunFastEatLots May 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

Zoolander is always a classic “just for fun” movie. Makes a hilarious drinking game!

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TaylorR May 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

Dan loves Zoolander!

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Karen - Fit in France May 12, 2014 at 4:26 pm

My favorite is Pitch Perfect ! I have seen it 15 times with my teenage daughters and even downloaded the music. So much fun !

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TaylorR May 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

I have yet to see Pitch Perfect! I have got to get with the times :)

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Melanie @ Nutritious Eats May 12, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Looks like a great workout! Pinning!

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TaylorR May 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

Thanks! Enjoy

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Patty @ Reach Your Peak May 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm

This looks like an awesome workout! It’d be perfect for a leg workout after a run. Also, how do you make those gif videos? Do you use a website or app?

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TaylorR May 13, 2014 at 9:09 am

Thanks Patty! My husbands creates the gifs in photoshop, it only takes him a few minutes so it must be pretty easy! I’ll ask!

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Kammie @ Sensual Appeal May 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

This looks killer! I’m sure my legs would be burning after. KB swings always are tough for me…not sure why. Probably because it’s lower body and cardio all in one. I’ll have to try this out!

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TaylorR May 13, 2014 at 9:08 am

Yes, they are killer because it’s an all in one move! The best!

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Brittany @ Delights and Delectables May 13, 2014 at 8:46 am

this looks super fun! I’m loving KBs lately!

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TaylorR May 13, 2014 at 9:10 am

Oh KBs are the best!! Always an amazing workout!

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Eveliz May 13, 2014 at 11:08 am

I really need to invest in some kettlebells. I’m always willing to take things to the next level (that’s why I enjoy FWW so much! Always challenging me and I love to try to keep up with you).

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TaylorR May 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

I love that you are enjoying FWW so much! Kettlebells are amazing, Dan and I are actually putting finishing touches to a kb program now!

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