Today's Kettlebell & Bodyweight Ladder Workout reminded me why I'm sometimes forced to take a break from kettlebell workouts…
For this workout, I didn't use my own kettlebell but another one, and this one was pretty worn out. Kettlebells are usually the most durable piece of workout equipment that you could think of, but if they're not the best quality, the pieces of the handle can chip off making the surface uneven and really hurt your palms.
I usually don't like to wear gloves when I'm working out, but I did this time. They help to save the palms a bit, but I still have little blisters on my palms. Oh well, it's not a beauty contest after all 🙂
My Favorite Kettlebells
My favorite kettlebells that I have at my own home mini gym are these CAP Barbell kettlebells. My collection consists of 15, two 25, one 35 and one 60 lbs kettlebells. I'm rarely using the 15lbs. I got it back them when I was just starting with working out with kettlebells. It has also been handy when I'm training clients who are just starting their training.
But, don't be afraid of using heavier weights! They're not making anyone bulky overnight, unless you workout with weights and intensity of elite athletes 🙂 I really hope you're not taking this bulkiness myth seriously.
The CAP Barbell Kettlebells have been really durable and worked really well, and they haven't chipped despite the frequent use. I highly recommend them.
Kettlebell & Bodyweight Ladder Workout
Here's the workout I did yesterday:
And here's the video, where you see me doing the first round: 10 reps of each exercise.
Here's what you'll be doing:
Decending Ladder of four exercises: Go down the ladder from 10 reps to 1 rep.
In the first round, you'll be doing 10 cleans (right), 10 cleans (left); 10 kettlebell squat jumps, 10 clean & press (right), 10 clean & press (left), and finish with 10 sit ups.
In the next round, you'll be doing 9 reps of each of those exercise.
You'll finish by doing just one rep of each exercise. It's going to take you 15-20 minutes.
While the first rounds are pretty brutal, it gets so much easier (especially mentally) once you hit the round where you do just 4 reps of everything. You're almost done!
I used 35lbs kettlebell for this workout, but choose the one that is appropriate for your fitness level.
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