MUSCLES ENGAGED Glutes Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body. Hamstrings The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, running, jumping, walking and cycling. Strengthening your hamstring muscles help to protect your knees from injury by absorbing the stress placed on the knee. Weak hamstrings can lead to knee injury. Equipment Used Kettlebell The kettlebell is a cast-iron weight (resembling a cannonball with a handle) used to perform ballistic exercises that combine cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training. Sizes may range from 4 pounds (1.8 kg) to 175 pounds (79 kg). Exercise Instructions Step 1 Start in a wide sumo stance with your ankles in line with the handles of the kettlebells. Step 2 Push your hips back and keep your lower back flat as your lower yourself down to pick up the kettlebells. Step 3 Grab the bells, press through the mid foot and stand tall, keeping your spine in a neutral position through the entire range of motion.