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Kettlebell Moves: Halo Lunge

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  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Core
  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings

The kettlebell halo lunge is a complex exercise that helps to improve coordination as well as increase core strength and cardiovascular fitness. This is also a great exercise for improving shoulder mobility and overall balance.

Coordination is often a critical component of fitness that is often overlooked or avoided because of the challenges presented in overcoming it. However, just like strength and cardiovascular fitness, it is something that you can improve upon with practice.

Kettlebell Halo Lunge

  1. Hold the kettlebell bottom up at chest height with relaxed shoulders.
  2. Draw the abdominals in and keep the core tight and engaged.
  3. Move the bell in a circular direction, up and over one shoulder, passing by the ear, around the back of the head.
  4. As you bring the kettlebell around the head and return it in front of the chest, continue moving it down and across the body.
  5. Lunge back with the leg on the side that the kettlebell is traveling towards.
  6. Drive the forward leg into the ground as you step the back leg up.
  7. While you’re stepping back up from your lunge, pull the kettlebell up as you reverse the entire movement back around the head and finish with your kettlebell in front of the chest where you started.


Exercise Tips

  • Alternate sides as you go to work both sides evenly, or work one side at a time.
  • Move the kettlebell around the head, don’t move the head around the kettlebell.
  • If you become confused about which leg to lunge back with, think about stepping out-of-the-way of the kettlebell during its downward swing.
  • Increase the speed as you become comfortable with the movement and rhythm, but slow things back down if you start to lose your coordination.
  • Keep the shoulders pulled back to prevent arching in the thoracic spine.

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