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ring my kettlebell

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I started using kettlebells a couple months ago, and I actually really enjoy the workout. It works out the majority of muscles in my body and burns loads of calories. What's bad about that? 

Sometimes it gets a little tedious doing the same motions over and over again, which is why I am always glad to stumble upon a new workout to try. This month's issue of SHAPE magazine had exactly what I wanted. Vanessa Hudgens looks amazing on the cover. Will you look at those abs?! Thankfully she shares her secret in the mag...a kettlebell routine.

The Plan: Three times a week, do 1 set of each move in order without resting. Repeat once or twice. You will need 12- to 24-pound kettlebells or dumbbells (they should feel very heavy).

The Farmer and High-Low Carry

A Stand holding a kettlebell in each hand at your sides, palms facing thighs. Walk forward at a moderate pace for 2 minutes.
B Next, keep left arm extended at side and raise right arm straight overhead, palm facing in front of you. Walk forward at a moderate pace for 1 minute, then switch arms and repeat.


Goblet Squat

A Hold the sides of a kettlebell handle with both hands in front of chest, elbows bent and palms facing each other. Stand with feet slightly wider than shoulders, toes pointing out and knees slightly bent.
Squat until thighs are parallel to the ground and elbows touch legs (only go as low as you're comfortable with), rise up and repeat. Do 15 to 20 reps.


A Hold a kettlebell in right hand in front of right shoulder, palm facing body, and stand with feet shoulder-width apart, left arm at side.
B Bend knees, then quickly straighten legs and press weight overhead, rotating palm forward. Return to starting position; repeat. Do 15 to 20 reps; switch sides to complete set.


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