Top 15 Kettlebell Exercises for Weight Loss

Ivan Samkov/Pexels

Forget the crash diets and expensive gym memberships, kettlebells are here to switch on your inner fat-burning machine! These versatile weights offer a total-body workout that’s anything but boring. If endless cardio sessions haven’t budged the scale, kettlebells might be the missing piece. By incorporating resistance training, you build muscle, which burns more calories at rest, even while catching those Zzz’s. Let’s get started!

Swing to Slim Down


The kettlebell swing is a powerhouse move that torches calories while targeting your core and glutes. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, bend at your hips, and swing the kettlebell between your legs. Thrust your hips to propel the kettlebell forward to shoulder height. Repeat for 30 seconds, rest, and aim for three sets.

Goblet Squat for Total Body Burn

Erika Reyes/Pexels

Holding a kettlebell at chest height, perform a deep squat to engage your quads, glutes, and core. Push your chest up and back straight, lowering until your thighs are parallel to the floor. Looking for the perfect way to build muscles while burning fat? Then you totally should do the goblet squat more often.

Turkish Get-Up: The Full-Body Challenge

Erika Reyes/Pexels

The Turkish get-up combines strength, flexibility, and coordination in one move. You can begin this kettlebell workout by lying down with a kettlebell in one hand, then slowly rising to a standing position. Reverse the movement back to the floor. Perform 3-5 reps on each side, resting between sets.

High-Intensity Kettlebell Clean and Press

Taco Fleur/Pexels

This explosive move targets your shoulders, back, and core. Bring it to your shoulder and press it overhead from a standing position. Go again, switching sides after 8-10 reps. Complete multiple sets for maximum fat burn.

Russian Twists for Core Carving

Mike González/Pexels

Sit on the floor with your knees bent, holding a kettlebell in each hand. Lean back and twist from side to side, touching the kettlebell on the floor beside you. While doing this, you aim to sculpt your obliques and enhance your core strength. Do it for 30 seconds, rest, and repeat.

Lunge with Kettlebell Pass-Through


Step into a lunge while passing the kettlebell under your front leg from one hand to the other. Your legs, core, and balance will all be strengthened by this intense workout. Alternate legs for 10-12 reps each, performing three sets. Feel the burn as you maintain stability.

Kettlebell Deadlift for Glute and Hamstring Power

Binyamin Mellish/Pexels

Stand with feet hip-width apart, holding the kettlebells in both hands. Hinge at the hips, maintaining your back flat, and push the kettlebell towards the floor. The bulk of the exercise should come from your glutes and hamstrings before you return to a standing position. 

Snatch to Shed Pounds

Anastasia Shuraeva/Pexels

The kettlebell snatch is an advanced move that blasts calories and builds strength. Swing the kettlebell overhead smoothly, catching it at the top. Lower it back down and repeat for 8-10 reps per side. Perform three sets for a heart-pumping session.

Figure Eight for Core and Coordination

Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels

Stand with feet wide apart, passing the kettlebell in a figure-eight pattern through your legs. By using your legs and core, you improve your coordination. Continue for 30 seconds, rest, and repeat for three sets.

Windmill for Oblique Strength

Alexa Popovich/Pexels

Hold the kettlebell overhead with one arm and hinge at the hips to feel the floor with the opposite hand. Keep your movements controlled to stretch and strengthen your obliques and shoulders. Perform 5-6 reps per side, completing three sets. 

Kettlebell Row for Upper Body Sculpting


Bend at the waist with a flat back, holding the kettlebell in one hand. Pull the kettlebell towards your hip, using your back muscles. Lower it back down and repeat for 10-12 reps per side. Aim for three sets to tone your upper body.

Kettlebell Halo for Shoulder Mobility

Juçanã Girardi Maximiliano/Pexels

Hold the kettlebell by the horns and circle it around your head to tighten your core. Even though movement may be difficult while working on your shoulders, you will love it once you get the hang of it. Perform ten rotations in each direction for three sets. Maintain the motion smooth and controlled.

Kettlebell Clean for Explosive Power

Andrea Piacquadio/Pexels

Clean the kettlebell to your shoulder from an upright position, keeping your abs working. If you want to build muscle strength, then you should probably incorporate this move into your workout routine. It’s also ideal for boosting overall strength.

Around the World for Core Engagement

Airam Dato-on/Pexels

Stand tall and pass the kettlebell around your waist in a circular motion. You need to try this kettlebell workout to train your core thoroughly and improve your coordination.

Kettlebell Thruster for Full-Body Activation

Franklin Santillan A/Pexels

Combine a squat with an overhead press for a powerful, full-body move. Squat down with the kettlebell at chest height, then drive through your heels to stand and press it overhead. It burns calories faster than regular cardio.

Written by Bruno P