60 minute beginner leg workout with kettlebells

Here's everything you need to try our 60 minute beginner leg workout with kettlebells. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

60 min read
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Sean Klein
Last updated
01/04/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • KB Goblet Reverse Lunge
  • Goblet Squat
  • Goblet Squat in Lunge
  • Circuit 2
  • KB Narrow Stance Squat
  • KB Deadlift
  • Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support
  • Circuit 3
  • Hamstring Walk Outs
  • Alternating KB Strict Press

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

Complete 8 repetitions

The kettlebell goblet reverse lunge is an excellent single leg squat variation that can be used by a wide range of abilities.

Benefits of KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

The main benefit is gaining strength and muscle mass in the legs and squat movement pattern.

How To Do KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

  1. Start with the kettlebell in a goblet position.
  2. Step backwards to the lunge position and move the knee slowly towards the floor.
  3. Keep the torso angle slightly diagonal in order to prevent too much of a stretch at the hips.

Coaching Tips For KB Goblet Reverse Lunge

Follow these cues to perform KB Goblet Reverse Lunge correctly:

  • Find a stable goblet position before starting
  • Step backwards into a lunge
  • Keeping the front knee over the ankle
  • Gently touch the back knee to the floor and use the front leg to lift the weight.

Goblet Squat

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Goblet Squat

Follow these cues to perform Goblet Squat correctly:

  • Keep the torso angle upright throughout
  • Keep feet on the floor the entire movement
  • Depth is based on hip mobility, don't force depth but use your full range.

Goblet Squat in Lunge

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Goblet Squat in Lunge

Follow these cues to perform Goblet Squat in Lunge correctly:

  • Torso is slightly forward but stays in a fixed position
  • The front knee should be over the ankle, move the hips toward the floor, gently touch the knee and lift with the front leg.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

KB Narrow Stance Squat

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For KB Narrow Stance Squat

Follow these cues to perform KB Narrow Stance Squat correctly:

  • In a narrower stance than a traditional squat
  • Keep the torso angle as straight as possible
  • The knees will shift forward, this is normal
  • This will put emphasis on the quads.

KB Deadlift

Complete 10 repetitions

Coaching Tips For KB Deadlift

Follow these cues to perform KB Deadlift correctly:

  • Bend at the knee and the hips, folding into the hip crease
  • Use the hamstrings and lower back
  • Keep a neutral spine throughout
  • Keep the upperback tight and maintain an arch in the lower back.

Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Follow these cues to perform Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support correctly:

  • Keep the foot furthest away from the wall on the floor
  • Keep shoulders and hips square, feel the tension in the hamstring
  • Maintain an arch in the lower back.

Circuit 3

Complete this round 3 times.

Hamstring Walk Outs

Complete 7 repetitions

The hamstring walk out is an excellent hamstring exercise that is particularly effective at creating a large stimulus with no external load.

Benefits of Hamstring Walk Outs

The main benefit is the strength gained in the hamstrings. This is an excellent exercise for athletes who need to build strong hamstrings for both performance and injury mitigation. It is also excellent to maintain strength in the hinge pattern and maintain muscle mass if you don’t have access to weights.

How To Do Hamstring Walk Outs

  1. Start in a hip thrust position with the feet pressing into the ground.
  2. Slowly step forward. Take small steps to ensure there is enough time under tension.
  3. Once you’ve moved your feet slightly further away from the hips transition to the heels, creating a lot of tension in the hamstrings.
  4. Do a slight pause when the legs are nearly straight and use the hamstring to hold a strong and stable position.
  5. Step slowly back to the start position, taking small steps.

Coaching Tips For Hamstring Walk Outs

Follow these cues to perform Hamstring Walk Outs correctly:

  • Use the heels
  • Only go as far as the hamstrings feel able
  • Move slowly and deliberately.

Alternating KB Strict Press

Complete 6 repetitions

The alternating KB strict is an excellent vertical press variation for developing both muscle mass and strength in the shoulders.

Benefits of Alternating KB Strict Press

The primary benefit of the alternating KB strict press is its ability to gain muscle mass in the muscles of the shoulder. Its secondary benefit is core development and development of the postural muscles of the upper back through maintaining a front rack hold for an extended period of time.

How To Do Alternating KB Strict Press

  1. Start with both kettlebells in the front rack position, with the core tight.
  2. Press one kettlebell over head while keeping the other in the front rack position. Lock the elbow at the top of the repetition to ensure you have moved through the full range of motion.
  3. Bring the kettlebell back into the front rack position before alternating to the other arm and performing another repetition.

Coaching Tips For Alternating KB Strict Press

Follow these cues to perform Alternating KB Strict Press correctly:

  • Keep the rib cage tucked at all times
  • Keep a tight front rack position with the kettlebell not being pressed
  • Finish with the biceps next to the ears and elbow locked.

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