- Target Muscle Group
- Exercise TypeStrength
- Equipment RequiredKettle Bells
- Force TypePush (Bilateral)
- Experience LevelBeginner
- Secondary Muscles
Traps, Upper Back
Kettlebell Halo Overview
The kettlebell halo is a variation of the shoulder raise and an exercise used to strengthen the muscles of the shoulders.
As a standing exercise that involves rotating the weight around your head, you’ll also experience a core challenge performing the kettlebell halo.
Kettlebell Halo Instructions
- Assume a standing position while grasping the horns of an upside down kettlebell.
- Raise the kettlebell to eye level and focus on keeping the spine neutral.
- Slowly rotate the kettlebell around your head in a circular fashion while keeping your torso stable.
- Repeat for the assigned number of repetitions in both directions.
Kettlebell Halo Tips
- Don’t allow the head to jut forward excessively.
- Keep the spine stable and resist the desire to default into extension when the weight is behind your head.
- The goal is to move the arms independent of the torso so don’t allow the hips to rotate in a circular motion to combat the arms.
- This exercise is not about setting new PRs, no one cares about your kettlebell halo 1-RM. This is purely about gaining and maintaining shoulder mobility, set your ego aside.