Kettlebell Deadlift Variations

In this video, I talk about the kettlebell deadlift and demonstrate some kettlebell deadlift variations that you can use in your kettlebell workouts. The first variation I demonstrate is the squat deadlift. If the word squat combined with a deadlift has got you puzzled, then I highly recommend you watch the whole video as it will probably open up a whole new world to you.

  • A deadlift does not dictate a movement.
  • A deadlift means to lift a weight from dead.
  • Dead means motionless and/or starting from the ground.

The deadlift was made popular with a barbell and is most commonly performed with a hip hinge but just like there is not just one type of kettlebell swing and a kettlebell swing does not mean it’s a hip hinge, so does a deadlift not define the movement pattern.

Watch the video for awesome cues on the squat.


As with many of the deadlift variations with a kettlebell, you can make them interesting and change things up due to the unilateral quality of the kettlebell. You can deadlift:

  1. while racking another kettlebell.
  2. while holding another kettlebell overhead.
  3. with two kettlebells
  4. alternating with one kettlebell
  5. with one kettlebell and one arm
  6. with one kettlebell and two arms


You can also string the kettlebell deadlift together with many other kettlebell exercises and create awesome kettlebell combo’s/complexes. To learn a whole lot more about kettlebell training, especially how to do things correctly and safely, make sure to check out our kettlebell courses, books, and workouts in our online shop.


To see an awesome deadlift variation that you’ve not seen before, make sure to watch the video as I will demonstrate the Kettlebell Curtsy Lunge Deadlift. An awesome deadlift variation you can’t—well, not comfortably—do with a barbell.


Make sure to check out this article on the RDL and why it should not be called a deadlift.

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