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Kettlebell workout: 3 killer kettlebell exercises

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Kettlebell exercises

Streamlining your workouts so you get the best results in record time is an easy feat with these three dynamic kettlebell exercises. Because kettlebell moves use your entire body, you accomplish full-body fitness that not only sculpts your muscles but also delivers a cardio blast. Put this three-move kettlebell workout on your spring and summer fitness agenda.

Slim down and tone up with kettlebells

This killer kettlebell workout was created by Fitango fitness expert David Kirschen. Kirschen is one of many fitness experts at Fitango.com, a website that gives registered users action plans to reach their goals, motivational tools to help along the way and ongoing community support to make reaching those goals fun. (Don't we all like to brag a little about our fitness accomplishments?)

Full-body kettlebell blast

As with any workout, be sure to warm up for five to 10 minutes before starting the following exercises. If you've never used kettlebells before, start with the lightest kettlebell and work your way up as your fitness level increases and you become more familiar with this fitness tool.

1Kettlebell: The SwingKettlebell: The Swing

Works legs, arms, shoulders, back and core.

Start position: Stand with your feet wider than hip-distance apart. Hold the kettlebell with both hands.

Movement: Bend your knees and swing kettlebell in between your legs, then up to just above eye-level.

Perform: 15 repetitions

Advanced: Hold the kettlebell with your right hand, your left arm out to the side as you perform the swings. Do one set, then repeat holding the kettlebell with your left hand.

2Kettlebell: The Clean

Works arms, shoulders, legs, core.

Kettlebell: The Clean

Start position: Stand with your feet wider than hip-distance apart, your right hand holding the kettlebell, arm straight towards the floor.

Movement: Bend your knees slightly, swing the kettlebell down between your legs, then bend your elbow and bring it to your shoulder. Press the kettlebell straight up as you straighten your legs. Carefully bend your knees and swing the kettlebell back to start position.

Perform: 15 repetitions with each arm.

3Kettlebell: The SnatchKettlebell: The Beginner Snatch

Works arms, shoulders, legs, back, and core.

Start position: Stand with your feet wider than hip-distance apart, holding the kettlebell in both hands, arms straight toward the floor.

Movement: Bend your knees as you swing the kettlebell between your legs, then up to your shoulder, and up to the ceiling in one fluid movement.

Perform: 15 repetitions

Advanced: As you get stronger and more familiar with the movement, grab the kettlebell with your right hand, left arm extended to the side, similar to the Clean. Swing the kettlebell between your legs, then up to your right shoulder and to the ceiling in one fluid movement. Repeat with left arm holding the kettlebell.

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