Kettlebell Workouts | The Ultimate Kettlebell Routine for Building Core Strength

The first thing to know about kettlebell training is that you won’t find any exercises that focus exclusively on getting ripped abdominal muscles. Developed over a hundred years ago in Russia, kettlebell routines were designed with the purpose of training fighters who didn’t care about having washboard abs for the beauty of it. What they needed was raw power and functional strength. The steering philosophy behind any Russian kettlebell routine is to work the body efficiently. No muscle is worked in isolation. The result is a training program in which every routine develops extraordinary strength and the power to deliver it. A Proper Routine Works the Whole Body
A great kettlebell routine to build core strength consists of two, one-armed exercises. Working one side of the body at a time creates off-center stress and doubles resistance on abdominal muscles. It may come as a surprise that a drill like the Overhead Press that doesn’t work directly on the abdominals could be such a great functional strength building exercise for the core. But with proper technique and focused engagement of abdominal muscles through the lift, you can build powerful core strength without the mind-numbing boredom of crunches or other abdominal isolation drills. As an added bonus, effective strengthening and stabilization of the core will lead to more efficient lifting, reduce the chance of training injuries and improve muscle recovery time. The Drills Note: Exercise descriptions are not intended to stand alone, a step-by-step guide. Please consult a certified kettlebell instructor before performing the exercise. The Basic Clean and Drop: ” In a squat position, position yourself behind the kettlebell. ” Grip the weight firmly with one hand and swing it between the legs as in a football hike pass. ” Following through in one clean motion (here lies the inspiration for the drill’s name), bring the kettlebell up to the chest with the arm bent in a curl. Weightlifters call this position “the rack.” ” Next, relax the arm and guide the dropping kettlebell back between the legs. ” On the bottom of the drop, straighten the arm, keeping the glutes braced and the abs engaged without sucking in your breath. ” Repeat several times on each arm daily. One-Armed Overhead Press: ” Stand with legs shoulder width apart, glutes, and abs braced. The kettlebell should be held in the rack position. ” Start with the palm in the semi curl position and rotate it forward as you press the weight overhead. ” Press slightly outward, lining it up with your foot, and keep the forearm vertical. ” Lock your elbows at the top of the press. ” Grip the ground with your toes, keep the abdominal muscles, quads and glutes engaged and visualize pushing yourself away from the kettlebell. This will transfer muscle resistance throughout the body and reduce stress on the shoulders. The Combo: When you have mastered these two drills independently, combine the two to get the ultimate kettlebell workout for core strength. Perform the overhead press from the rack position before the drop. The Results
-A chiseled, muscular torso -Strong, flexible, resilient shoulders and arms
-Strong stabilizing torso muscles
-Strong legs and back

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