How To Do a Kettlebell Deadlift

March 25, 2021

Don’t worry if you’re not a bodybuilder…anyone can do a deadlift!

It’s a great total-body exercise that strengthens your core, back, legs and arms in one rep. Enlisting a kettlebell for your deadlift is an easy way to combine resistance and aerobic training into your routine without stepping foot into the weight room. 

Below, CA personal trainer Charlie Dennis explains proper form and demos a kettlebell deadlift.


How to do a kettlebell deadlift

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, with the kettlebell between your legs on the floor.
  2. Keeping your back straight, bend down.
  3. Grab the kettlebell with both hands and then stand while lifting the kettlebell to your chest. Push through your feet.
  4. Repeat for 10 reps (or as long as you can maintain proper form).

Remember to exhale when lifting the kettlebell to your standing position; this keeps your core braced and protects your lower back. Also, be sure to warm up before attempting the kettlebell deadlift to prevent injury. 

When performing this move, be careful not to:

  • Round your spine
  • Thrust your hips too forward and lean too far backward

When done correctly, you’ll definitely feel it in your lower body and lower back! Check out a demo from Dennis below.

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