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My favourite thing to do with a kettlebell, or sometimes two kettlebells, is some type of complex or chain of movements. Basically, this is a series of moves done unbroken, back-to-back, for a prescribed amount of repetitions.

In the complex I’m using in the video, I’m doing single repetitions for each movement on one side and then completing the same sequence on the other side and alternating for three total rounds. Sounds confusing but it’s really quite simple. In other examples, you may do multiple repetitions of each exercise. It’s not uncommon for me to throw some bodyweight exercises into the mixup as well like push-ups, crawls or pull-ups.

Couple things:

1. Warm-up first. Even if that means doing a super-light round to grease the hinges a bit.

2. The weight you choose will depend on the “weakest-link” exercise in the chain. In this sequence that may be the overhead press or the get-up. Obviously, don’t use a kettlebell that’s too heavy.

2. If you’re unfamiliar with these exercises, learn them first.

3. If you’re in the Ottawa area, hit me up and I’d be glad to alter your life by teaching them to you.

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Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N) – Canadian School of Natural Nutrition

Certified Personal Training Specialist – CanFitPro

Functional Movement Screen Certified

Biomechanics Specialist

Steve Maxwell Level 1 Kettlebell Instructor