Kettlebell Sumo High Pull

Kettlebell Sumo High Pull

The Kettlebell Sumo High Pull is a powerful and dynamic exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in your body. It is a variation of the traditional high pull exercise that incorporates the use of a kettlebell, adding an extra challenge and benefiting your overall strength and conditioning. This exercise primarily targets your hips, glutes, hamstrings, and upper back muscles, while also engaging your core and shoulders. To perform the Kettlebell Sumo High Pull, you'll start by standing with your feet wide apart in a sumo stance. Grasp the kettlebell with both hands using an overhand grip, palms facing your body. As you lower into a partial squat position, hinge at your hips and slide the kettlebell between your legs, keeping your chest up and back flat. From the bottom position, forcefully extend your hips and knees while pulling the kettlebell up towards your upper chest. Your elbows should lift high, bringing them out to the side, as you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Control the movement as you lower the kettlebell back down to the starting position in a controlled manner. The Kettlebell Sumo High Pull is an excellent exercise for developing lower body power, promoting muscle coordination, and enhancing the explosiveness of your movements. It can be included in your full-body workouts or incorporated into high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sessions to increase calorie burn and boost your cardiovascular fitness. Remember, it's important to maintain proper form throughout the exercise to prevent injury. Start with a lighter kettlebell and gradually increase the weight as you become more comfortable and confident with the movement. Enjoy the benefits of this challenging and rewarding exercise to elevate your fitness journey!


  • Start by standing with your feet wider than shoulder-width apart, toes pointed out slightly.
  • Grab a kettlebell with both hands, keeping your arms straight and relaxed.
  • Bend your knees and lower your hips down into a squat position, keeping your back straight.
  • Engage your core and use your glutes and legs to push through your heels and stand up.
  • As you stand up, pull the kettlebell up towards your chest, leading with your elbows.
  • Keep your elbows high and wide as you pull the kettlebell up, squeezing your shoulder blades together at the top of the movement.
  • Lower the kettlebell back down to the starting position with control as you squat back down.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Start with a lighter weight and gradually increase the intensity to avoid strain and injury.
  • Maintain proper form throughout the exercise by keeping your back straight and your core engaged.
  • Focus on the muscles you are targeting during the exercise, which include the hips, glutes, and upper back.
  • Use a full range of motion while performing the movement to effectively engage all the muscles involved.
  • Ensure that you are using your legs to generate power and momentum, rather than relying solely on your upper body.
  • Breathe steadily throughout the exercise, exhaling during the upward pull and inhaling during the lowering phase.
  • Include kettlebell sumo high pulls as part of a well-rounded workout routine that incorporates both strength and cardiovascular exercises.
  • Give yourself enough rest and recovery time between sets to prevent overexertion and maximize your performance.
  • Incorporate variations of the kettlebell sumo high pull, such as single-arm pulls or alternating pulls, to target different muscle groups.
  • Fuel your body with a balanced diet containing the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to support muscle growth and repair.


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