The BeWOW Breakdown: This Is a Fun Kettlebell Workout to Try This Weekend

Our fit testers promise this workout — while hard — is super fun.


This Week’s Workout: Shred Your Entire Body With Just a Kettlebell

The Breakdown
Total time commitment: 35-40 minutes
Difficulty (out of five): 3.5
Soreness Factor: Those kettlebell swings and other moves are going to have us sore tomorrow.
Overall Grade (out of five): 4

Our first Impressions:
We were pretty excited for the chance to do a kettlebell-focused workout. We were admittedly a bit nervous for that second move (wait, we are supposed to keep our hands on the kettlebell and kick our legs back? Are we superhuman?!), but went into this workout eager to swing, squat, lunge, press, and more.

How we felt fterwards:
This was a fun workout! Alternating between 20 and 10 reps for each exercise meant that we were not too burdened by the moves and each round moved by pretty quickly. Some of the moves are tougher than others, especially since the lightest kettlebell our gym had was 20 pounds. Also, we were correct for being a bit hesitant about that second move because both Alon and Rebecca fumbled with it (Alon’s was a bit more graceful, but Rebecca flat out ate it and barrel-rolled onto the mat in front of her). So our advice is to just be careful and steady with that move, but it’s a fun one!

About our testers: 

Rebecca Barber is the founder of the Rocky 50K Fat Ass Run, a just-for-fun 50K run that follows Rocky Balboa’s footsteps in Rocky II. She’s a 19x marathoner and 17x ultra marathoner, having started running when she was a kid. She’s an active volunteer with Back on My Feet Philadelphia, where she works to help the homeless community use running as a means to better their lives and find stable employment and housing. When not running all the miles, she is the social media coordinator for The Wharton School.

Alon Abramson is the founder of the West Philly Runners, the creator of – a web resource for running in Philadelphia – and the organizer of a number of running events in Philly, including the annual 26×1 Mile Team Marathon Relay, Beat the Bus, and Beat the Commute. Running since high school, Alon is an on-again, off-again runner with ebbs and flows to his mileage and commitment. More recently however, he’s taken a new approach to training, emphasizing cross-training and speed work as much as building up mileage and this has dramatically improved his running performance. When he’s not organizing and running, Alon works as a research project manager at Penn’s Institute for Urban Research, studying energy efficiency best practices. He’s on a number of non-profit boards and works on his whole-home retrofit project whenever there’s free time.

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