Kettlebell Leg Blaster Workout

by Marianne  - July 12, 2010

Hi everyone,

Today I felt like really targeting legs, so I put together a combination of resistance and Tabata. As I always say, it is so much more beneficial for your body to mix resistance and cardio. Muscles need to be challenged and adding weight, whether it be body weight, Kettlebells or whatever training tool you prefer, will stimulate much deeper muscles fibres and engage more muscle groups just to stabilise and anchor the body throughout the range of motion.

The Tabata provides fat burning cardio, and by adding weight to the exercises, by using KBs, you will burn more calories at the time and later.

The Workout

The workout consists of 2 rounds of the following sections:


  1. Double KB Deadlifts x 15 reps (both rounds using 2x16kg)
  2. KB Figure of Eight x 60 seconds (using 16kg KB and changing direction after 30 seconds)
  3. KB Front Squats x 15 reps (round 1, using 1x 16kg) then x 8 reps (round 2, using 2x 16kg)
  4. Double KB Alternating Reverse Lunges x 12 reps total (round 1, using 2x 12kg) then x 8 reps total (round 2, using 2 x 16kg)
  5. Body weight Single Leg Pivoting Deadlifts (right) x 8 reps (both rounds)
  6. BW Single Leg Pivoting Deadlifts (left) x 8 reps (both rounds)
  7. BW Bulgarian Jump Squats (right) x 12 reps (both rounds)
  8. BW Bulgarian Jump Squats (left) x 12 reps (both rounds)


  1. 2 Handed KB Swings x 2 sets, using 16kg
  2. Double KB Push Presses x 2 sets using 2x 12kg
  3. KB Snatches (right then left) x 1 set each side, using 12kg
  4. KB Thrusters (right then left) x 1 set each side, using 12kg

Do one resistance round followed by one Tabata, then back to the resistance, increasing the weight were possible, then finish with another Tabata.

Setting my Gymboss Interval Timer to “stopwatch mode” I timed both resistance rounds. Round 1 took me 13 minutes and 5 seconds, round 2 took me 12 minutes and 38 seconds to complete. In between I reset my Interval Timer for 8 cycles of two intervals, one 10 seconds “rest” interval and the next, 20 seconds MAX effort.

Keep pushing beyond your “comfort” zones and try to increase the weight. If you don’t have a selection of KBs to choose from, then improvise and challenge yourself in other ways. For example, by changing the tempo of the exercise. Performing a slower rep will make the weight seem heavier. Performing it faster will allow more reps but will engage more fast-twitch muscle fibres (which are often forgotten about). Fast twitch muscle fibres are responsible for explosive movements like in plyometrics, sprinting and can improve muscle reactiveness.

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Until next time.



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  1. Love this one – Marianne. Appreciate the cardio after the strength – it was a nice change of pace. I’m going to do another strength round next as my KB weight is not super challenging (gulp – 2 x 16 kg).. Still– i loved the jumping Bulgarians.. felt a buzz after that one for sure. I also added small pulses of the lifted back leg to add to the intensity of the pivoting BW 1 legged DLs.

    1. Nice Lisa! I’m sure those pulses burnes the glutes like mad!! I don’t think I could do that, while trying to balance LOL Balancing tends to bring me out in a sweat 😀 32kg on one leg with reverse lunge, really engages all those hard to “reach” muscles, but hurt like hell the next day 🙁

      Keep up the good work!

  2. Hey Marianne
    I tried the Bulgarian jump-squats and they were crazy! I did 8 on each side for my rounds as I couldn’t do the workout as laid out because I only have the one 12 kg bell. Some days I feel like I could do the 16 on my RHS and the 12 on the LHS and it would work out fine!!! Gotta get that LHS to catch up!

    1. Heather, you should even try the LHS with the 16, but maybe lower reps. Get it used to the heavier weight. You’ll be suprised how quickly it catches up. Hope your knees were ok with the Bulgarian Squat Jumps, they burn 😉

  3. Thanks for the workout as requested.You have delivered.Have done this twice over the last 4 days feel as though my legs have been filled with quick setting cement……..but i do love that feeling.Keep them coming they are outstanding.

  4. My God, I LOVE this workout I am so happy to see such hardcore workouts you are doing a top notch job on this sight Thank you so much.

    1. Thanks Izz, it was a tough one, especially the reverse lunges with 32kg! Never thought I’d ever do that. Encouraging comments like yours help me push past my comfort zone and achieve more, thanks 🙂

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