Kettlebell Moves: Circular Clean

After you rock the kettlebell circular clean then check out my Kettlebell Moves page for a lot more exercises!

A while back I put together a rotational kettlebell sequence and made sure to include the circular clean. If you are an athlete or an active person, I guarantee that you have rotational movements involved in your activities. Therefore, it’s always good to train the body to move rotationally. It’s great exercise for the core!

The circular clean is a more advanced variation of the kettlebell clean.


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

Circular Clean

  1. Clean the kettlebell into the rack position.
  2. Rotate your upper body 90 degrees towards the side you are holding the kettlebell. If you are holding the kettlebell in your right hand, your upper body will rotate right.
  3. Push the kettlebell away from you with just enough force to allow the arm holding the kettlebell to fully extend.
  4. As the kettlebell swings down, pivot on your feet and allow the kettlebell to upswing to the other side of your body, 180 degrees from where the swing started.
  5. As the kettlebell approaches the top of the swing, rotate the wrist and pull your elbow close to the body. The kettlebell should drop right back into the rack position.
  6. Rotate the upper body 180 degrees to face the opposite direction and repeat the exercise.


Be very mindful of your knees!!!

Pivot on your feet so that they turn as a unit with your shins. If you keep them flat, you will torque your knees.

Keep a loose grip on the handle in order for it to move freely within the hand.

Kettlebell Circular Clean