Although it might look unique, the kettlebell windmill is an exercise that we all could use to get better at. Far too often people base their “ab” training around crunches, sit-ups, and other flexion/extension ab exercises.
More recent research has proven these exercises to be ineffective at training the whole scope of your bodies core, as well as being potentially dangerous to your back and spine.
Kettlebell Windmill Benefits
In comes the kettlebell windmill!
Kettlebell training as a whole can dominate the bulk of your core training. Adding this exercise in with compound movements such as the prowler sled push is the best way to improve your core strength quickly!
There is a wide range of kettlebell exercises which can functionally and effectively work to build strength and power throughout your whole body. The windmill is just another addition to this list.
Check out Pat Ramsey performing the kettlebell windmill as a demonstration below!
The exercise is fairly straight-forward after watching the video. Make sure that you start with light enough weights to ensure proper form. As you can see here, Pat is an expert at this movement but still is getting all the same benefits from using light weights, with perfect form.
The kettlebell windmill benefits your body in numerous ways including:
- Oblique strength and muscle-definition
- Shoulder stability
- Glute strength and stability
- Posterior chain stability
One of the most commonly seen exercise in the gym is the “standing side-bend,” performed usually with a heavy plate or dumbbell. This exercise seems to have become the go-to for oblique training, when it doesn’t hold nearly the value of so many other exercises. The windmill is your perfect solution to getting rid of the weighted-standing side bend, as you can now replace it with something far more functional!
The kettlebell windmill not only adds another functional movement to your weekly routine, but it could be the missing link to building massive strength and power throughout your whole body!
Also! Check out more about Pat and his fitness story in his transformation video below!