Different Styles of Kettlebell Lifting

If you want to put working with kettlebells in a category, then there are basically five categories which describe the style people lift/use kettlebells in. They are:

  1. Kettlebell training
  2. Kettlebell sport
  3. Kettlebell juggling
  4. Hardstyle
  5. CrossFit kettlebells


CrossFit Kettlebells

This refers to kettlebells being used within CrossFit workouts, and is commonly limited to:

  • American kettlebell swing
  • Snatch (hang is most common)
  • Overhead walking lunges
  • Farmer walks



This refers to kettlebells being used with the focus on strength and power, high intensity with few repetitions, and is commonly limited to:

  • Single arm swing
  • Turkish get-up
  • Overhead press
  • Snatch


Kettlebell Juggling

This refers to the kettlebells being used with non-stop movement, throw, catch and release, moving through all planes of motion.


Kettlebell Sport

This refers to the kettlebells being used for competitive sport with predefined lifts for a set period of time. Common lifts are:

  • Clean and jerk
  • Jerk
  • Snatch


Kettlebell Training

This refers to the kettlebell being used for any type of training with an unlimited amount of exercises and variations. The kettlebell is used for multiple benefits, some being, but not limited to: cardio, strength, agility, flexibility, mobility, endurance and so on. List of all kettlebell exercises.



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