How many sets and reps should I aim for when incorporating exercises with kettlebell swings?

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When incorporating other exercises alongside kettlebell swings in a workout, here are some general guidelines for sets and reps:

Kettlebell Swings:

  • Aim for 3-5 sets of 10-20 reps per set
  • This higher rep range helps develop cardiovascular endurance and power

Complementary Exercises:

  • For strength-focused exercises like squats, deadlifts, rows, and presses:

    • 3-5 sets of 5-8 reps
    • This lower rep range targets muscular strength
  • For more explosive exercises like snatches and push presses:

    • 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps
    • Focus on moving the weight explosively
  • For core exercises like planks and carries:

    • 2-3 sets held for 30-60 seconds
    • Or 10-15 reps per side

The overall structure could look like this:


  • Bodyweight hip hinge drills

Main Workout:

  • 4 sets of 15 kettlebell swings
  • 4 sets of 6 kettlebell deadlifts
  • 3 sets of 5 kettlebell push presses
  • 2 sets of 60 second side planks


  • Light kettlebell carries

The key is to strike a balance between the higher rep, power-focused swings and the lower rep, strength-focused complementary exercises. Adjust the volume and intensity as needed based on your training experience and goals.

Start conservatively and focus on technique. As you build work capacity, you can gradually increase the volume and intensity over time.

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