Kettlebell Moves: 2-Hands Anyhow Variation

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  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Core
  • Back
  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Triceps

The 2-hands anyhow is a classic strong man exercise that has previously been used with barbells and kettlebells to display extraordinary feats of strength.

There are many variations to this exercise. In this version of the 2-hands anyhow, I make it more accessible to every day kettlebell enthusiasts by using a squat style as opposed to a windmill style, and by lowering the kettlebell into the rack position on the stand-up as opposed to pressing both kettlebells overhead simultaneously.

The 2-hands anyhow is an advanced kettlebell exercise. While any variation of the 2-hands anyhow will require a degree of hip mobility, I feel that this squat variation will be easier to accomplish before moving to the more challenging method.

2-Hands Anyhow Variation

  1. Clean both kettlebells into the rack position.
  2. Press one kettlebell overhead and allow the other arm to straighten towards the floor.
  3. Lower into a squat position. I like to go until the lower kettlebell taps the floor, but this may be dependent upon the level of mobility in your hips.
  4. Curl the lowered kettlebell up to the chest. You may need to brace the lowered elbow into your inner thigh to help create leverage for the curl.
  5. Drive the legs straight.
  6. While coming to a standing position, allow the kettlebell that is raised overhead to lower into the rack position.
  7. Repeat on the other side.

Once you get this variation down, try lowering to the ground via windmill instead of squatting. Then, complete the move with both kettlebells pressed overhead.


This is a really challenging exercise and you may need to use a lighter weight than you are used to at first.

Squeeze the abdominals in tightly while going through the squat and the curl.

2-hands anyhow kettlebell exericse