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Kettlebell Box Squat

Kettlebell Box Squat

The Kettlebell Box Squat is a powerful lower body exercise that targets your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and core muscles. It is a variation of the traditional squat exercise and incorporates the use of a kettlebell and a box or bench. To perform the Kettlebell Box Squat, you start by placing a box or bench behind you. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed slightly outward, and hold the kettlebell with both hands at your chest level. Keep your back straight and core engaged throughout the movement. To initiate the exercise, push your hips back and slowly lower yourself down, as if you were sitting back onto the box. Keep your knees in line with your toes and aim to bring your thighs parallel to the ground. It is important to maintain control and not let your hips or knees cave inwards as you squat down. Once you reach the bottom position, pause for a moment, and then press through your heels to stand back up to the starting position. Be mindful of maintaining proper form and avoid locking out your knees at the top of the movement. The Kettlebell Box Squat is a fantastic exercise to build lower body strength and stability. It also helps with developing proper squatting form and can be an excellent option for individuals with knee issues or those looking to modify the squat exercise. Incorporate this exercise into your routine to enhance your overall lower body strength and functional movement patterns.


  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes slightly turned out.
  • Hold a kettlebell with both hands in front of your chest, close to your body.
  • Engage your core and initiate the movement by pushing your hips back and bending your knees.
  • Lower yourself down into a squat position until your thighs are parallel to the ground.
  • Keep your chest up and back straight throughout the movement.
  • Pause briefly at the bottom, then drive through your heels to stand back up.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Maintain proper form throughout the exercise to avoid injury.
  • Engage your core muscles to improve stability and control during the movement.
  • Start with a lighter kettlebell and gradually increase the weight as you get stronger.
  • Focus on driving through your heels to activate your glutes and hamstrings.
  • Don't let your knees collapse inward; instead, track them in line with your toes.
  • Control the descent and ascent of the squat to maximize muscle activation.
  • Perform the exercise in front of a mirror to ensure correct technique.
  • Incorporate variations, such as adding a kettlebell swing after each squat, to challenge your muscles further.
  • Don't rush the movement; aim for controlled and deliberate squats.
  • Remember to breathe rhythmically throughout the exercise to optimize oxygen flow.


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