Kettlebell Halo

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The kettlebell halo is a challenging warm-up exercise that targets the shoulders and helps to increase range of motion.


Picture of Shoulders


The shoulder is the most movable joint in the body. However, it is an unstable joint because of the range of motion allowed. This instability increases the likelihood of joint injury, often leading to a degenerative process in which tissues break down and no longer function well.

Equipment Used

Picture of 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

kettlebell halo - step 1

Step 1

Start in a standing position with your feet shoulder width apart while holding the kettlebell upside down by the horns.

kettlebell halo - step 2

Step 2

Keep your body rigid as you wrap the kettlebell around your head.

kettlebell halo - step 3

Step 3

Complete the recommended number of reps and then repeat the exercise in the opposite direction.