Kettlebell Halo

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The Kettlebell Halo is a great exercise for strengthening your core and improving mobility in the shoulders and thoracic area.  This movement can be carried out using a barbell plate as well as a kettlebell.   This is a great exercise for athletes such as swimmers and martial artists and football players that require strong and mobile shoulders.

Kettlebell Halo

The muscles that are affected by the Kettlebell Halo include the shoulders, upper back, abdominals, trapezius, obliques and chest.

Benefits of doing the Kettlebell Halo

There are many benefits to doing the Kettlebell Halos.  These are health related benefits and performance related benefits.

Health Related Benefits:

  • Improves stability in the core, obliques and lower back.
  • Improves strength in the shoulders.
  • Improves posture.
  • Lowers risk of incurring a back injury.

Performance Related Benefits:

  • Improved mobility in the shoulders and thoracic areas.
  • Develops conditioning.
  • Forces you to engage your core more efficiently.
  • Helps improve performance of other strength and power exercises such as the leg press, bench press, shoulder press, deadlift, power clean, clean and press.

How to do a Kettlebell Halo

  • Pick up a kettlebell upside down by the horns with both hands.
  • Hold the kettlebell at in front of your body at chest height.
  • Maintain a shoulder width stance.
  • Engage your core.
  • Keep your glutes tight.
  • Lift one arm and move the kettlebell around the back of your head in till it reaches your ear on the other side of your head.
  • Breathe naturally when performing this movement.
  • Once you have completed the desired number of repetitions in one direction, change directions.

Kettlebell Halo Dos

  • Engage your core.
  • Keep your body straight.
  • Let your shoulders move freely.
  • Breathe naturally.
  • Keep your glutes tight during the whole movement.

Kettlebell Halo Don'ts

  • Use a kettlebell that is too heavy or too light.
  • Using too much momentum.
  • Moving the kettlebell too far away from your head.
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