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How to Strengthen Core Using a Kettlebell

Get Lifted: Kettlebell Figure Eights

If you're looking for exercises to do using a kettlebell, you can strengthen your thighs and tush by doing swinging kettlebell squats or swinging kettlebell squat lunge. Here's another move to add to your routine that will not only target your thighs, but will also give you a killer workout for your core. I'm using a five-pound kettlebell, but if you want more of a challenge, I'd go for a 10- or 15-pounder.

To learn how to do this move,


  • Stand with your feet wider than hips-width apart, toes slightly pointing out. Squat down and hold a kettlebell with both hands between your legs. Make sure your back is flat and your abs are engaged.
  • Let go of the handle with your right hand and bring your arm behind your right thigh. Pass the kettlebell to your right hand.
  • Swing the kettlebell around the front of your right thigh, through your legs, and behind your left thigh. Transfer the bell to your left hand. Swing it around the front of your left thigh, through your legs and behind your right thigh, transferring the kettlebell to your right hand.
  • Go back and forth, completing these figure eights without pausing for a total of three sets of 15 to 20 reps.
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