Kettlebell Moves: Halo

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  • Shoulders
  • Biceps
  • Forearms
  • Core
  • Upper Back

Kettlebell Halo

The kettlebell halo is a great versatile exercise that works extremely well as a warm up exercise, or as part of your regular workout. Use a lighter weight when using it in a warm up, and go heavy during the workout.

The halo really improves shoulder mobility, and tones the shoulders at the same time.

  1. Stand with your feet at shoulder’s width, or slightly wider.
  2. Hold the kettlebell bottoms up by the handles in front of your sternum.
  3. Lift the kettlebell over one shoulder, move it all the way around the head, over the opposite shoulder, and bring it back to it’s starting location in front of the sternum. While this exercise starts with the kettlebell in a bottoms up position in front of the sternum, the kettlebell bottom faces downward when moved behind the head.
  4. Switch directions and take the kettlebell back around the head to repeat step 3.

Kettlebell Halo

Exercise Tips

  • Move the kettlebell around the head, don’t move the head around the kettlebell. Ideally, you won’t have to turn your head or bend your neck in order to move the kettlebell around your head. This will depend greatly on the level of mobility in your shoulders. It’s OK if you find this to be challenging. Tight shoulders are common, but this will help create more mobility in the shoulder joint.
  • Make sure that your core stays engaged. This will help stabilize the spine. You don’t want to feel like you’re back bending when the kettlebell is behind the head.
  • Do an even amount of repetitions to work both sides the same. Working both sides evenly just makes sense!

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