Kettlebell Circuits vs Kettlebell Drills

admin | December 8, 2011 | Kettlebell Exercises


Before we get which one will work best for you we need to establish the difference between kettlebell circuits and kettlebell drills. In order to do that we need to first define these two terms.

Circuit Training Defined

Circuit training is a combination of high intensity aerobics and resistance training, which are easy to follow. Using different exercises to work out the same part of your body to build local muscular endurance or strength endurance. Circuits are designed to provide exercises suited for your specific fitness level.

The duration of circuit training could range from 45 to 60 seconds and in some instances as long as two minutes. Longer session means that the number of sets or reps is higher.

ketlebell circuitsIf you desire to build muscle then you would decrease the number of repetitions performed and increase the amount of weights being used.

Exercise Drill Defined

When you think of drills, think of a routine that you do regularly until you get your desired result—like learning your multiplication tables, or memorizing your spelling words. You practiced and repeated your tables or your spelling words until you achieved your goal. It is the same thing when you have an exercise drill. A drill is really how often you plan to do the same exercise.

How to Design Your Kettlebell Circuit

A good circuit works out different sections of your body individually. You could focus on your upper-body, core and trunk, lower-body, or total body. You decide what type of circuit you’re interested in designing. Then choose the exercises that will best achieve your objectives.

In a regular exercise, circuit designed to focus on your upper-body you could do exercises like:

  • Bench dips
  • Pull ups
  • Press ups
  • Bench lifts
  • Incline press up
  • Medicine ball chest pass

With kettlebells, you can get better results in a shorter time. To build your upper body, you can try adding a few of following exercises to your exercise circuit. Doing a few short reps of each until you complete your circuit.

  • Alternating Floor Press
  • Extended Range One-Arm Kettlebell Floor Press
  • Leg-Over Floor Press
  • One-Arm Kettlebell Floor Press

Creating Your Unique Kettlebell Drill

If you want to target an area then you will want to create an exercise drill. This means that on a regular basis you will do the same circuit to target the area.

Daily you could choose a different circuit, but when you want to specialize or focus on one area, you will drill down until you achieve your goal. Your drill can include one or more kettlebell exercises—it’s totally up to you!



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