“How long should kettlebell workouts last?”

“How long should kettlebell workouts last?” 

That was a question I recently got from Andres – about ‘THE WOLF’ – a double kettlebell complex program of mine.

He was shocked that day 1 only took him 10 minutes. 

He also stated that it was still challenging, especially the last set.

The truth is, your workout length is dependent on:

[1]  Your time restrictions

[2]  Your current abilities

[3]  Your goals

And that’s really it.

Look, I know that sounds strange, and so “against the grain.”

But ask yourself this:

If you only had 3x 15 minute time frames to workout / train, would you really disregard them because you “read somewhere” or “thought” or “heard” that a “good workout” had to be at least 30, 60, or 90 minutes long?

Based on training people from all walks of life for the last 30+ years, the honest answer for many, if not most, is “yes.”

And that’s too bad.

Because you can accomplish a lot in a very little time, if you know how to structure a workout (training) program.

So remember, your workouts may not be as long as The Rock’s, Ah-nold’s, or your favorite bodybuilding magazine star from the 80’s or 90’s, but they don’t have to be.

Cause they’re not you, and you’re not [on drugs] like them.

Plus, you work for a living.

You can get a “great workout” in however long you need, when you structure your program according to your goals.

And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Stay Strong,


P.S. The following training programs are all short duration – or can be scaled back to whatever duration you need.

SWING HARD! https://salutis.kartra.com/page/SWING-HARD-2 

  • GOAL: Improve conditioning, burn fat
  • 10 x “Swing Only” programs
  • 3x week, 15 to 30 minute workouts
  • Exercises used: 2-H Swing, 1-H Swing
  • Single kettlebell

Kettlebell GHFL https://go.chasingstrength.com/kettlebell-ghfl-4/ 

  • GOAL: Burn stomach fat without dieting
  • 12-week program
  • 3x week, 20 to 30 minute workouts
  • Exercises used, Novice: 2-H Swing, 1-H Swing
  • Exercises used, Intermediate: Snatch, Single KB Thruster (Front Squat-to-Press)
  • Exercises used, Advanced:Double KB Snatch, Double KB Thruster, Double KB Clean + Push Press, Double KB Clean + Jerk
  • Single (Novice & Intermediate) and double kettlebell (Advanced)

The King-Sized Killer https://cart.chasingstrength.com/ksk2 

  • GOAL: Improve conditioning, burn fat, get stronger
  • 3x “Snatch Only” programs
  • 3x week, 20 minute workouts
  • Exercises used: Snatch
  • Single kettlebell

‘THE GIANT’ https://salutis.kartra.com/page/oWP219 

  • GOAL: Get stronger, burn fat, build muscle, improve conditioning
  • 5x “Clean + Press Only” programs
  • 3x week, 20 to 30 minutes
  • Exercises used: Single KB Clean + Press, Double KB Clean + Press
  • Single or double kettlebell

Kettlebell HARD! https://cart.chasingstrength.com/hard3b 

  • GOAL: Burn fat, build muscle, improve conditioning
  • 20x 6-12 week complex programs
  • 18x 6-12 week chain programs
  • 3x week, 10 to 30 minutes
  • Double kettlebell
  • Exercises used: Swing, Clean, Press, Front Squat, Snatch, Push Press, Jerk, Rows, Lunges

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