Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredKettle Bells
  • MechanicsCompound
  • Force TypePush (Bilateral)
  • Experience LevelBeginner
  • Secondary Muscles
    Traps, Upper Back
Target Muscle Group


Shoulders Muscle Anatomy Diagram

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

  1. Assume a standing position while grasping the horns of an upside down kettlebell.
  2. Raise the kettlebell to eye level and focus on keeping the spine neutral.
  3. Slowly rotate the kettlebell around your head in a circular fashion while keeping your torso stable.
  4. Repeat for the assigned number of repetitions in both directions.

Kettlebell Halo Tips

  1. Don’t allow the head to jut forward excessively.
  2. Keep the spine stable and resist the desire to default into extension when the weight is behind your head.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.