The basics

Try these five exercises to get started with your kettlebell training


The following five exercises are the most basic and important exercises to learn when training with kettlebells.

The swing, snatch, clean and press, front squat and Turkish Getup all engage your core and are also full-body exercises that mostly focus on the posterior chain of muscles that include your hamstrings, glutes and calfs. The Turkish Getup in particular helps with balance and coordination.

A very technical aspect of kettlebell training is training with a light weight so you can learn the proper technique. Training with a heavier weight when you have not mastered the technique will put you at greater risk of hurting yourself. It doesn't matter how much weight you can lift if you can't do it right.

As always, you should consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

The Turkish Getup
The kettlebell swing
The kettlebell snatch
The kettlebell front squat
The kettlebell clean and press