Kettlebell Windmill

The single-kettlebell windmill is a dynamic kettlebell exercise emphasizing core strength and shoulder and hip mobility and stability. It is often used as a functional warm-up or for multi-directional strength work. It doesn't work as well in a metcon or conditioning setting, and shouldn't be performed under intense fatigue.


  1. Builds strength throughout the abdomen, particularly the deep core (transversus abdominus) and obliques
  2. Easy to regress by limiting range of motion
  3. Can be performed with a light weight for beginners
  4. Builds shoulder stability, hip mobility, and thoracic spine mobility

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Kettlebell Windmill Instructions

Kettlebell Windmill muscle diagram
  1. Place a kettlebell in front of your lead foot and clean and press it overhead with your opposite arm. Clean the kettlebell to your shoulder by extending through the legs and hips as you pull the kettlebell towards your shoulders. Rotate your wrist as you do so, so that the palm faces forward. Press it overhead by extending the elbow.
  2. Keeping the kettlebell locked out at all times, push your butt out in the direction of the locked out kettlebell. Turn your feet out at a forty-five degree angle from the arm with the locked out kettlebell. Bending at the hip to one side, sticking your butt out, slowly lean until you can touch the floor with your free hand. Keep your eyes on the kettlebell that you hold over your head at all times.
  3. Pause for a second after reaching the ground and reverse the motion back to the starting position.