5 Muscle-Building Kettlebell Workouts for Men
by Sam Franklin
Men, if you're looking to build solid conditioned muscles from the comfort of your own home, kettlebells will make your perfect companion.
Kettlebell weights are wildly effective for all-around core strength, fitness, and tone—but with the right exercises, you can build impressive bulky muscle, too.
Here we’re going to show you how to get bigger, stronger, and more cut with five essential muscle-building kettlebell exercises for men.
Let’s get started.
1. The double floor press
The first in our list of muscle-building kettlebell workouts for men is a classic. The double floor press will work wonders for your chest and shoulders while adding strength to your core.
Similar to a standard bench press, the double floor press consists of laying on the floor on your back and pushing the kettlebells directly above you in unison.
As you can’t dip down lower than the floor, this makes a brilliant upper bodybuilding option for anyone with shoulder issues as it won’t put unnecessary strain on your rotator cuff.
2. The double forward row
If you want to make your back and biceps strong and bulky, this is one muscle-building kettle exercise you need on your list.
For bodybuilding novices, we recommend starting with 12KG kettlebells and graduating to heavier weights as you get stronger (which won’t take long with regular forward rowing). Plant your legs shoulder-width apart, lean forward, and start rowing—you’ll feel the burn but it will be worth it.
3. The double swing
Arguably the most iconic of all kettlebell exercises, the swing is unrivalled at building muscle in the lower back, quads, and glutes.
The double swing is especially effective as it drills deep into sections of your lower body, upping the intensity for superior muscle-generating results. For this most effective of workouts, we recommend a sturdy 16KG kettlebell.
4. The double goblet squat
If you’re someone with naturally slender legs and you struggle building muscle in your quads, calves, and glutes, you cannot afford to skip this one.
Essentially, the goblet squat is a classic squat—but with a kettlebell in each hand. Doing a double kettlebell squat will intensify your lower body workout for better muscle-building results, and it will strengthen your core in the process.
5. The Turkish get-up
The only ‘non-double’ kettlebell workout in the list, the Turkish get-up is as challenging as it is effective.
Mastering this most intense kettlebell exercises will take a little time (follow the video, step by step), but once you’ve got it down, you will be rewarded.
The Turkish get-up will strengthen your midsection—which will make your pressing abilities better—while providing you with a well-rounded muscle-building workout experience. So, don’t be shy, give it a try.
Perform each of these muscle-building kettlebell exercises for men in any order you see fit—stick with it and you will see results before you know it.
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