Different Styles of Kettlebell Training

Styles of kettlebell training. If you want to put working with kettlebells in a category, then it basically boils down to six categories that describe the style people lift/use kettlebells in, and they are:

  1. Freestyle
  2. Kettlebell flow
  3. Kettlebell sport
  4. Kettlebell juggling
  5. Hardstyle
  6. 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. The goal is cardiovascular and muscular endurance. Sets usually take 10 minutes, half marathons are 30 minutes, and full marathons are 60 minutes. Common lifts are:


Kettlebell Flow

Kettlebell flows are a style of training where the kettlebell moves seamlessly from one exercise into the next without putting the weight down. This is great for many goals. Kettlebell flow really belongs to freestyle training as the exercises can be taken from any other style.



Freestyle (or as we call it Caveman Kettlebells) refers to the kettlebell being used for any type of training with an unlimited amount of kettlebell 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.


Black or White

Freestyle explained. Things are not always black or white. There is the American kettlebell swing, sport style kettlebell swing, Hardstyle kettlebell swing, but between all of that there are plenty more kettlebell swing variations, as taught in our kettlebell swing course, they have a purpose and belong to the freestyle category. There is so much more that does not fall into the five other categories because it’s performed differently or simply not included. For example, awesome kettlebell complexes.

We recommend becoming familiar with all types of kettlebell training and exercises.

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