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“This Frankenstein workout move is a combination of that staple of high-intensity interval training: the burpee (a brilliant way to build endurance) and a deadlift (for whole-body strength and power).

Begin standing with a kettlebell in each hand. The weight of the kettlebells should be challenging but still allow you to maintain good form. Maintain a flat back, bend your knees and push hips back until thighs are parallel to the floor. Place the kettlebells on floor just outside your feet. With your hands on floor, jump your feet backward and perform one perfect push-up. Then jump feet forward between your hands.”

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Kettlebell Krusher’s Take:

Touted as the ultimate kettlebell workout by GQ Magazine UK, it combines two simple exercises and for a powerful workout session. While we don’t necessarily agree with it being called ultimate, it is pretty effective none-the-less.

You’re essentially transitioning from a standing position, into a burpee/push-up, and finally returning to a standing position via kettlebell deadlift by picking up both kettlebells. One in each hand. This whole sequence completes a rep. GQ recommends 15 reps per set, with a total of 3 sets for the workout.

If you haven’t read the exercise yet, the most confusing part will probably be the burpee. Because of the many variations of kettlebell burpees, it is unclear how this should be performed. While we recommend using the kettlebells as anchors to hold on to for pushing up, GQ advises you to simply place them on the floor. Then place your hands in between them and kick back your legs to do a quick push-up.

There are pictures accompanied with brief descriptions of each exercise on the GQ website to help further explain. This kettlebell workout is quite apparent because the kettlebells are only used vertically. There are no swings, cleans, jerks, or any motion other than up and down. This is why I have a hard time agreeing that it is the ultimate workout. Any kettlebell workout deemed as such should most certainly include the kettlebell swing. Still, you’ll get your blood pumping and muscles burning for sure!

Ryan Faucher

I'm a web designer and kettlebell enthusiast on a quest to lose fat, build muscles and live a healthier lifestyle. I truly believe that exercising with kettlebells in conjunction with dieting is the most effective and efficient way to reach this goal. If you have the will and motivation, there is no reason you can't do the same.
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