The Two Best Kettlebell Exercises For Brute Strength - Strong As Hec

The Two Best Kettlebell Exercises For Brute Strength

Have you ever wondered which is better the press or the squat? Many believe it's the squat, many believe it's the press. You really can't go wrong either to be honest. I'm pretty sure that we can all agree that these (the press and squat) are the two best kettlebell exercises for brute strength.

Which is why in today's workout, I'll be pairing them together, I mean, why not have your cake and eat it too?

The Ultimate Expression of Upper Body Strength 

There's just something totally satisfying (and even addicting) about putting a heavy weight over-head.

I would even argue that the strict over-head press (barbell, kettlebell, or dumbbell) is the ultimate expression of upper body strength. Many will say it's the bench press, the one arm push-up (OAP), the one arm one leg push-up (OAOLPU), or even the pull-up.

Not only will this challenge your ability to bring a weight from the floor to over-head, it will also challenge other physical qualities like:

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    Thoracic mobility–specifically, thoracic extension.
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    Mobility and stability of the shoulder.
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    The ability to transfer force from the legs, through the mid-section, and to the arms.

These are just a few.

The Most Fundamental of exercises

The squat is not necessarily the most functional exercise (that would be the deadlift) but it is the most fundamental.

It's actually the first lift we actually do as a child and it's a movement pattern and lift we should always strive to maintain.

So what better way to get in a quality workout than to pair the two best kettlebell exercises on the planet together...

The Workout Details:

Choose a pair of bells that you can strict press with good form.


Ladies - 12-16kg
Gentlemen - 16-24kg

Press x 3, 4, 5, 3, 4, 5, 3, 4, 5
Squat x 5, 4, 3, 5, 4, 3, 5, 4, 3 

Rest Periods: 1.5 - 3 minutes between sets.

Examples set: 3 presses, followed immediately by 5 front squats.

Pretty straight forward. Give this workout a try and let me know how it goes by leaving a comment below.

Keep your eye's peeled for next weeks workout, I've got a doozy planned for you!