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Kettlebell One Arm Clean

Kettlebell One Arm Clean

The Kettlebell One Arm Clean is a dynamic and powerful exercise that targets several major muscle groups in the body. It is a compound movement that primarily works the muscles of the lower body, including the glutes, quads, and hamstrings. Additionally, it engages the core muscles, shoulder stabilizers, and the muscles of the upper back. The essence of the Kettlebell One Arm Clean lies in its ability to generate force from the hips and transfer it through the body. As you explosively hinge at the hips and swing the kettlebell between your legs, you are also engaging the muscles of your posterior chain, including the glutes, hamstrings, and lower back. The momentum generated from this hip thrust is then utilized to drive the kettlebell vertically upwards, while simultaneously pulling your elbow back and keeping the wrist firm. The Kettlebell One Arm Clean requires coordination, balance, and proper technique to perform effectively. It challenges your cardiovascular endurance and strength simultaneously, making it a highly efficient exercise for those looking to improve both power and overall body conditioning. It is important to engage your core muscles throughout the movement to maintain stability and prevent any excessive twisting or bending in the spine. Incorporating the Kettlebell One Arm Clean into your workout routine can help you enhance your explosiveness, improve functional strength, and boost your overall athletic performance. However, it is essential to begin with a lighter kettlebell weight and focus on mastering the proper form before progressing to heavier weights. Always remember to warm up adequately and practice good technique to avoid any potential injuries.


  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and a kettlebell on the floor between your feet.
  • Bend your knees and hinge at the hips to lower your torso and grab the kettlebell handle with one hand.
  • Stand up explosively, using your hips and legs, and pull the kettlebell straight up in front of your body.
  • As the kettlebell reaches chest level, allow it to rotate around your wrist and flip over onto the back of your wrist.
  • Catch the kettlebell at shoulder level with your elbow tucked in close to your body and your forearm vertical.
  • Keep your core engaged, maintain good posture, and avoid excessive arching of your back.
  • To return the kettlebell to the starting position, lower it back down under control, allowing it to rotate back to the front of your wrist.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions on one side before switching to the other hand.

Tips & Tricks

  • Maintain a strong grip on the kettlebell throughout the movement.
  • Engage your core and keep your back straight to avoid straining your lower back.
  • It's important to hinge at the hips and use the power from your legs and glutes to propel the kettlebell upward.
  • Exhale forcefully as you lift the kettlebell, and inhale as you lower it back down.
  • Focus on the kettlebell's trajectory and ensure that it moves in a straight line from the ground to the racked position on your shoulder.
  • Keep your elbow close to your body as you bring the kettlebell up, avoiding excessive rotation or flaring of the elbow.
  • As you catch the kettlebell on your shoulder, absorb the weight by slightly bending your knees and hips.
  • Use a challenging weight that allows you to maintain proper form and control throughout the exercise.
  • Practice the movement pattern without weight before adding load to ensure proper technique.
  • Include adequate warm-up and cooldown exercises to prepare your body and prevent injuries.

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