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The Best Exercise for the Kettlebell Swing

The Best Exercise for the Kettlebell Swing

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September 16, 2015
Updated February 10, 2017
Category: Goals


The kettlebell swing is a deceptively complex exercise. It looks like a simple movement, but it works a lot of different areas – your glutes, hamstrings, abs, hips, lats and grip. When you’ve got that many moving parts, it’s important to make sure you’re doing the exercise correctly.

By adding a towel, you can get an extended range of motion that will really help you dial in your form. So it’s perfect for beginners or anyone who needs to perfect their swing.

This is an example where a simple change can bring about remarkable gains.

Grab an exercise or dish towel. Put your towel through the handle. The towel becomes your new handle. Do your kettlebell swings like you normally would. The towel allows the bell to go out further and helps you really feel the float of the kettlebell. It makes the movement longer so you can squeeze harder in your abs and your glutes.

Be sure to keep your arms relaxed, let the kettlebell become the pendulum, focus on everything you’re doing and you’ll see the benefits in your swing in no time.


Lauren Brooks is the founder and owner of On the Edge Fitness. With over 15 years of experience, Lauren has helped thousands of people get off the couch to move better, get stronger, leaner, and increase confidence with a simple, fun, and results driven approach. She specializes in helping people move better using unconventional raw training methods for all type of people. Lauren is the leading female pioneer of kettlebell training. Lauren is a mother of 2 children, writes for many fitness magazines and websites, enjoys snowboarding, wakeboarding, skateboarding, clean healthy cooking, and learning new things. Find out more about her cutting edge approach at www.OnTheEdgeFitness.com
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