The only thing we love more than doing kettlebells or Pilates on its own is a badass workout that fuses the two for even better body-sculpting results. Why do just one workout when you can get the benefits of a two-in-one sweat sesh? Because while swinging a kettlebell does have its benefits, building those moves into specific workout structures can bring you even closer to your body goals, whether that’s building muscle or sporting a chiseled long lean Pilates body.
To help (because, hey, it’s not like we all have degrees in sports science), I reached out to some of my fitness god friends to create three unique workouts using just seven kettlebellexercises. Stick with the plans below, alternating workouts three to four times a week, for the next three weeks, and you’ll sculpt a fierce long lean Pilates Body look with the muscular strength to back it up—just in case anyone decides to challenge you! Shout out to Track & Field for the awesome outfits featured in this article and The Beyond Studios videos!
Confession: I love to dance, so I may not be able to be entirely objective about this workout. The BollyX team did an amazing job curating a Bollywood & hip-hop playlist to accompany their easy-to-follow choreography, which is suitable for all fitness levels and dance skills.
I actually met the BollyX team through a mutual Harvard Business School connection and co-founders Minal and Shahil impressed me with the focus on strength training elements that runs throughout their programs. It’s hard to believe that Shahil once had two left feet, and actually designed the program specifically to target dance-challenged individuals looking to improve their mobility, flexibility, and overall swag. His disciplined approach, combined with head choreographer Mayuri’s sass and charm, made for an incredibly fun video shoot.
This video is definitely ideal for a larger living room where you can use your space to really bust a move, but it’s not essential. The next time you’re struggling to find the discipline to exercise, try The Bollywood Workout because it won’t feel like a chore and before you know it you’ll have deposited about 300-350 calories into your calorie bank account. In addition, BollyX now has over 175 instructors trained nationwide, so step outside your comfort zone and check out an in-person class from time to time.
The kettlebell swing is a great multitasking move that will improve strength while also spiking your heart rate. To perform this move, keep a loose grip on your kettlebell and keep your legs about hip width apart. Bring the kettlebell between your legs, hinging at the hips. Next, swing the kettlebell upwards, using your hips to generate the momentum.