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April 20, 2008

Katherine Heigl and Kettlebell Workouts

Katherine Heigl now does her workouts with kettlebells.   Some other celebrities that use kettlebells include Jennifer Lopez, Penelope Cruz, Kim Cattrall, Kim Basinger. 

Yes it's true, kettlebells have been stolen from the Russian Special Forces, and are now being used to make hot women even hotter.

Mathew McConaughey works out with kettlebells, and the dude is solid muscle. 

He's proof that kettlebells aren't only for girls.

Have Fun Working Out Again

Katherine Heigl said: "I was probably in the best shape of my life for Knocked Up but I hated going to the gym...   I've now found a woman who teaches kettlebell classes. It's a mix of cardio and weight training but I only do it for 20 minutes twice a week and it's changed my body shape."

Many of my clients are amazed at how powerfully you can get results with kettlebell training, in a very small amount of workout time. 

The workouts don't look like much, but when you do them, it almost feels like too much.  The stimulus is very, very powerful.

Also, kettlebell training is fun.  And if it's fun, you'll do it more often and you'll bring a different intensity to it.

Katherine Heigl takes her kettlebell classes at the beach.  With summertime coming, it's great to be able to take a kettlebell to the beach or the park, and do a full body workout outside. 

If You Need To Take Your Clothes Off, Train With Kettlebells

UK's Red Magazine Asked Katherine about the last time she worked out: "Three days ago, I did kettlebells - I think everyone should do them. They are a great Russian secret. Normally, on Grey's, I'm in scrubs, so I don't have to worry about working out, because they hide everything. That leads you into some kind of false laziness, so then, when I have scenes where I have to take my clothes off, I'm like, 'Oh crap, I've got to get in shape!"'

I have all of my clients start off with the kettlebell swing.  We do the kettlebell swing with anything we can get are hands on - ideally kettlebells, but gripper plates or dumbbells work just fine.

Here is the "swing tools" video again, in case you missed it the first time.

I would go so far as to say that the kettlebell swing is the most powerful fat loss movement there is.

Once you get a good feel for the swing, you can move on to cleans and snatches and all kinds of fun stuff.  Eventually even kettlebell juggling.

Try doing that with your BowFlex.

All of the different kettlebell moves - swings, snatches, all of the different juggling moves - the swing is the foundation of them all.  The more advanced moves aren't more effective than swings.  The advanced moves are just more fun.  And fun makes a big difference.

Katherine Heigl said that she was in the best shape of her life before Knocked Up and she hated going to the gym.  Now, with kettlebells, she's in even better shape, and she loves working out with them.

Josh_bBy Josh Hillis
Author of How To Lose The Stubborn Seven Pounds and currently finishing up his second book Fighter Workouts for Fat Loss.

Josh is a fat loss expert, a kettlebell instructor and personal trainer in Denver, Colorado.  Josh helps women and men lose stubborn fat.

Besides being a level 2 certified kettlebell instructor (RKC2), Josh was an assistant coach at the RKC Instructor Certification in October.

"When we say Hillis...we mean awesome.  And when we say awesome...we mean Hillis!!!" - David Whitley, Senior RKC

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© Joshua Hillis 2008


I must admit that the pics held my attention.

Good stuff as always, Josh...

Love your site, Josh!
I've been wanting to try kettlebells ever since I first read about them on your site. I hate traditional cardio, and the kettlebell workout will probably give me much better results in less time! However, as a graduate student, I don't exactly have the money to afford classes with an instructor. Do you have any suggestions regarding the DVDs at Dragon Door? I'm leaning towards the Women’s 26lb Ultimate Kettlebell Workout Kit (with Andrea DuCane).

Hi Josh! I would love to send you some before and afters! I am working really hard right now before my wedding coming up... so I want to see the final result in 4 weeks! I just got my body fat tested underwater at 20%. I would really like to get to 18%. I know that's on the lower end :) but I have a lot of muscle though! I am 5'2 and an ex-gymnast and definitely look like an ex-gymnast.

Getting all the right information for losing unessesary fat is key to designing a good eating plan. Losing fat is very scientic and is directly related to our specific body types and metabolism. I have spent alot of time just getting my body on the best eating plan that suits me and works well. Thanks.

Great stuff, Josh. Kettlebell swings have become one of my favorite exercises. Great for fitness and fat loss.

very nice pictures , i like it very much

I have been using kettlebells for about three years now and I still love them. Being in MN I have been able to attend some of the certification courses, and have a few instructers that teach..I would recommend it for anyone!

Like everyone else I wish to be always fit and in-shape.

Great article post Josh! Very cool stuff. Keep up the good work!

Mike Lucas, RKC


If your readers are interested we have some really cool vids available now on our site and on (We post some free "how to" kettlebell clips on our page). Check out the link below...I directed a kettlebell training montage! Hope all is well in Denver!

Mike Lucas,RKC

I noticed the link to YouTube didn't show up on the blog thread. If your readers would like to see it they can click on my name in this post. When you get a moment, shoot me an e-mail man I would like to see if you are interested in networking with our group here at Iron Core. 8-)


I really like your site but I'm confused by posts like this. I am a woman who is not "afraid" of lifting weights and building muscle but you seem to always highlight models and actresses who have no visible muscle tone (for lack of a better word) as examples of great bodies. I think KH has a nice figure but she (Jessica Alba, Eva Longoria, and their ilk) are definitely not celeb bodies that I want to have. Where are the pics of hot women with equally hot strong bodies? Where's the aspirational chick version of Mathew McConaughey?

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