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Kettlebell Snatch Drop: Breathing

Besides being essential to staying alive, breathing plays an incredibly important role in movement. With relation to the kettlebell snatch, utilizing the proper anatomical breathing pattern will help you keep the right posture, relax, and prevent grip fatigue.


If you missed the first and second videos in this series on the kettlebell snatch drop, click here and here.

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Breathing Series Part 3: Kettlebell Snatch

Backswing – Exhale to get a longer back swing and relax shoulder and hand.

Upward swing – Inhale to lift chest as bell sweeps up.

Overhead lockout – Exhale as you catch the bell in lockout.

Turn and drop – Inhale to inflate chest and prevent rounding of the back as the arm and bell drop down to meet the body.

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Breathing Series Part 2: Kettlebell Long Cycle

Backswing – Exhale to relax shoulder and hand.

Upward phase of Clean – Inhale as the hip pushes bell up.

Catch in rack position – Exhale as elbow lands on the hip.

Rack position – Inhale to prepare for first dip.

First dip of Jerk – Exhale to deflate the abdominal cavity and bring elbow and hip together (the connection of elbow to hip is where you get the power to launch the bell).

Launch / triple extension of Jerk – Inhale to lift the chest and drive the bell up.

Second dip of Jerk – Exhale as heels hit the ground and arm locks out.

Drop from overhead lockout to rack position – Inhale as elbow drops straight down to the hip.

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Breathing Series Part 1: Kettlebell Jerk

First dip – Exhale to deflate the abdominal cavity and bring elbow and hip together (the connection of elbow to hip is where you get the power to launch the bell).

Launch / triple extension – Inhale to lift the chest and drive the bell up.

Second dip – Exhale as heels hit the ground and arm locks out.

Drop from overhead lockout to rack position – Inhale as elbow drops straight down to the hip.

 

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Take everything you learned and throw it out the window

When it comes to the proper pattern of breath for Kettlebell Sport, you can take everything you’ve learned about breathing for any other type of weightlifting and throw it out the window.

While hard-style or the general fitness style of lifting kettlebells employs biomechanical breathing – to match the high tension created in the body for explosive power – Kettlebell Sport employs an entirely different style of breathing. Continue reading

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