You don’t need a gym full of equipment to get a solid workout. Grab one bell by the horns and work your body from head to toe!

Over the last 12 years, I’ve had the “What’s so special about kettlebells?” conversation with people of all ages and fitness levels. Not only do these iron balls provide an excellent workout, they allow you to do so much with so little. I’m talking about a single weight that takes up less than a foot of space!

Let’s say you only have access to a single kettlebell. Maybe it’s the only one you can afford, or you’re just getting started. Or maybe your gym has a few kettlebells, and you like the idea of grabbing one, taking it into the corner, and getting your workout done that way, rather than wandering from machine to machine for an hour. Maybe you’re experienced with kettlebells, and just like the idea of using a single weight for a workout.

Whatever your reason, let’s also assume that your selection is on the lighter side. It’s probably not going to give you much of a challenge for, say, low-rep two-legged deadlifts, but it can still work for higher-rep swings, squats, presses, lunges, and rows.

This is a common situation, and I’ve got two routines that will provide an uncommonly good challenge. Grab your bell, and let’s go!