No Kettlebell? No Problem! How to Do a Kettlebell Workout Without a Kettlebell

When I first started making workout videos, it honestly did not occur to me that my audience might not have the same equipment that I did.  I mean, doesn’t everybody have barbells, dumbbells, aerobic steppers, a BOSU, a sandbag, kettlebells, an agility ladder and a battling rope in their garage??

No Kettlebell? No Problem! How to Do a Kettlebell Workout without a Kettlebell by Pahla B Fitness
Yes, this is really my garage.  Yes, it is always this messy.  And no, this isn’t even close to all of the workout equipment I own, but I can’t bring myself to take a picture of the closet where I keep the rest of the stuff!
Which is not to say that I didn’t understand the plight of not having the equipment on hand.  I get it.  Kettlebells are expensive!  So I totally agree that you have to make the most of what you already own.  And that’s why I made the Kettlebell Workout Without a Kettlebell video – so you can get a great workout, no matter what equipment you own!
There are certain movement patterns that I come back to again and again as a trainer and I’ve learned that it almost doesn’t matter what you have in your hands while you’re completing the motion.  Yes, kettlebells will use the muscles in a slightly different manner because the weight is further away from your body, but that doesn’t mean you won’t reap some of the same benefits with another piece of equipment.

So, here’s how to use what you’ve got!

No KETTLEBELL? No Problem! How to Do a Kettlebell Workout without a Kettlebell

If you own both a medicine ball and a dumbbell, you can follow along with this workout all the way through exactly like I did it.  You are also welcome to choose just one piece of equipment or no equipment at all and do three circuits.  Watch the video below for the specifics of how to modify the exercises (or leave me a comment!).

Repeat each exercise ten times.

  • Halos (clasp hands together for bodyweight version, hold dumbbell at each end for dumbbell version, grip ball firmly for medicine ball version)
  • Slingshots (Standing Srunches for bodyweight version, hold dumbbell at one end for dumbbell version, Overhead to High Knees for medicince ball version)
  • Figure 8s (all versions the same as with a kettlebell)
  • Sumo Squats (all versions the same as with a kettlebell)
  • Renegade Rows (Hip Touches for bodyweight version, no modification for dumbbell version, Side Plank Press Ups for medicine ball version)
  • V-Sit Lean Backs (all versions the same as with a kettlebell)

Can’t see the video below?  Click here to watch it on YouTube:  https://youtu.be/fIEgwLio3pw

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