Weekend Challenge: Burpees vs Kettlebells

No matter what day of the week, the weekend is always on it’s way! Whether you had a chilled week workout wise and want to up the challenge for the weekend or you’re just looking for some inspiration to move, this lille burpee vs kettlebell workout is simple and effective.

Not many people are fans of burpees but they are a great full body exercise. If you’re unfamiliar with how to do a burpee, there’s still time to catch up. As for your kettlebell swing, get the lowdown on that movement here, then grab yourself something upwards of 10kg to really make it count.

So now we are a) familiar with the Kettlebell Swing and b) madly in love with and appreciative of the Burpee …shall I continue?! And what better way to use the two movements than to put them together in the form of a challenge workout?! Read on!

The Burpee / Kettlebell Challenge

burpee and kettlebell weekend challenge workout

Here are a few tips and considerations:

  • time how long it takes you to complete the challenge. Record the time and then repeat the challenge every two weeks to see if you can improve your time!
  • do not forget your form and technique! It is very important to reduce the risk of injury. It is especially important when you start to tire and are highly likely to lose form.
  • if full burpees are too much for you right now, you can step them rather than squat thrust at the bottom. As you improve, maybe squat thrust out to plank and then step in, progressing to the full burpee.
  • if you need to increase the challenge, when you get to the end, take one minute recovery and complete the challenge in reverse!
  • keep a note of the time it takes you to complete the challenge so you can test yourself again each month and see if you’ve made any improvements ๐Ÿ˜‰

Go on… give it a go this weekend! Let me know how you get on! 


P.S Safety always comes first. If you are new to exercise ensure you seek advice from your GP. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, wear appropriate clothing and carry out drills in a suitable space. Technique is paramount, and nothing should hurt. Should you experience pain, discomfort, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, shortness of breath etc, STOP and consult your GP. 



  1. Monika
    October 16, 2015 / 07:19

    Yes yes, that's exactly what I wanted to do, good to see it's a 'real' workout! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Elle Linton
      October 18, 2015 / 16:53

      Thanks for stopping by Monika! Glad you enjoyed the challenge! Elle ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  2. Matilda Iglesias
    August 23, 2013 / 22:06

    This sounds very similar to a workout that Cassey at Blogilates posted. Hers was a burpee/kettlebel pyramid. 1b/1k2b/2kthen work your way up to 15, then come back down to 1. Takes approx 40 mins to do, now let me tell you it's a workout!

    • Elle Linton
      August 25, 2013 / 08:47

      Sounds cool ๐Ÿ™‚ this one only takes less than 10 minutes! My class smashed it yday outdoors (with squats)!! But I'm really loving the results that working with kettlebells produces! Must get myself to more classes!

  3. Chi-Chi
    August 23, 2013 / 11:19

    this looks like an interesting workout….may incorporate into your next NTC class? :ยฌ)

    • Elle Linton
      August 23, 2013 / 16:37

      great suggestion! …Victoria Park tomorrow am may love / hate me for this! …Did it with the Regents Park crew a couple weeks ago and they killed it! *no pressure* ๐Ÿ˜‰ see you tomorrow?! x

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