kettlebell deadlifts Muscles Worked

Kettlebell deadlifts are a hinge pattern movement that improve power through the back and posterior chain: glutes and hamstrings. They’re a very functional exercise for anyone that is lifting objects off the floor throughout the day at work or at home.

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Kettlebell deadlifts

Muscles Targeted

Primary Muscles

Lower Back Glutes Hamstrings

Secondary Muscles

Upper Back Traps Forearms Abs

How to do Kettlebell deadlifts

Begin standing with the kettlebell placed between your feet. Have the feet about hip distance apart and hold one kettlebell in your hands with the arms straight.

Assume a hinge position as you push the hips back, bend the knees slightly, and engage your abdominals to keep a neutral spine.

Pull the shoulder blades down and back to engage the lats.

Then, straighten the legs as you raise the kettlebell straight up off the ground while keeping it close to your shins and thighs.

Once your legs are straight, lower the kettlebell back down to the ground using control and re-assume the hinge position.

Repeat for the desired repetitions.


Animation of how to do Kettlebell deadlifts