Fitness Friday: Four Kettlebell Exercises For Power

Fitness Friday: Four Kettlebell Exercises For Power

Like many, I stopped going to the gym during the pandemic. And like many, I haven’t been back.

That doesn’t mean I gave up on fitness, though. In the absence of a gym, I have turned to kettlebells in the basement. They have worked pretty well for me. I don’t get the deadlifts and such that I got at the gym, but instead put in a lot more reps with lower weights.

The PGA of America has a good article on Four Kettlebell Exercises That Add Power To Your Golf Swing (link).

The exercises include:

  • Kettlebell Twist and Punch, which involves a rotation with overhead press.
  • Kettlebell Swing, where you swing the kettlebell with both hands from between your legs up and over your head.
  • Kettlebell Single Leg Deadlift in which — standing on one leg — you bend at the hips, lower the kettlebell to the floor and then return to vertical.
  • Kettlebell Bilateral Swing, which involves mimicking the golf swing with kettlebell in hand.

I have all but the Twist and Punch in my regular kettlebell workout. I’m a little leery of that particular one because it looks like there is potential for stress on my thumbs, which have enough problems with arthritis.

Of the three, I particularly like the Bilateral Swing. While doing it, I try to be careful to emulate a good follow through.

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