Anyone who follows Jillian on Instagram probably knows how she loves to use kettlebells as an anchor point. This time she mixes up both competition kettlebells with lighter traditional-styled ones. It’s not a strenuous workout by any means, but it will keep you on your toes for sure! That’s the beauty of kettlebells, you can target so many areas of fitness. It doesn’t have to be just about strength and power.
Breaking Down Jillian’s Kettlebell Workout
As you saw, this kettlebell workout consists of 3 exercises. The first part, where she is balancing and using her arm strength to stay elevated off the ground, doesn’t look as taxing as a similar move she performed months ago. The focus this time around is the quick movement of her legs from back to front as her center mass stays in place. This certainly looks a lot more achievable for those of us who have a little more weight that needs support.
The second exercise sees Jillian in a split stance with the front foot flat and the rear foot in a vertical alignment with toes touching. The kettlebell she uses is on the lighter side, 10 pounds perhaps, which allows for plenty of clearance for the under-the-leg pass-throughs. The kettlebell is then cleaned to the rack position before being pressed overhead. Stability and balance appear to be the main objective of this exercise.
Finally, we come to the most active of the three kettlebell exercises. The motion resembles that of ski lunges. However, the across-the-body rowing of the kettlebell to planted foot requires much more concentration. This combination of balance and agility would make for a great cardio exercise too, depending on how fast you move.
Starting Off With a Lighter-Sized Kettlebell
Jillian’s kettlebell workouts are some of the most-watched videos on her Instagram page. Given the number of plays and comments, I’m surprised she doesn’t post or create more workouts of this nature for her fans. I enjoy her style for the sheer fact that she isn’t concerned with impressing people by the sheer size of her kettlebells. If you want finesse, agility, and mobility a small kettlebell will do just fine.
Generally, the heavier the kettlebell the more expensive it is. Therefore a 10-pound kettlebell is a great way to determine if these types of workouts are something you enjoy for a small investment. Below, I’ve listed an affordable kettlebell for beginners that is light and portable. Work out at home or take it on the go, the choice is yours!