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Kettlebell Snatch Drop: 4 Most Common Mistakes

4 Common Mistakes on the Kettlebell Snatch Drop

  • Not enough deflection
  • Hinging hips too early
  • Regripping too late
  • Gripping too tight or too loose

This video addresses these mistakes and how to fix them:


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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.


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Kettlebell Snatch Drop: Thumb Forward v. Thumb Backward

This video addresses how to manage rotation of the forearm on the snatch drop, and whether the thumb should point forward or backward. Comment below with your preference! 


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How to Master the Kettlebell Snatch

Reaching My Kettlebell Snatch Potential

Since working with my coach Denis Vasilev when he came in San Diego in October, I’ve changed up my Snatch technique. While I have been snatching kettlebells since 2011, I’ve always hit a road block when it comes to the 20kg bell and above. I’ve competed with 20kg and 24kg, and have never hit a number even close to what I believe my true potential is. While I have made many changes to my technique over the past five years, I think I’ve FINALLY made the changes that will allow me to reach my potential over the next couple years.
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Snatch Technique Variations featuring Aaron Vyvial

If you’ve ever attended a Kettlebell Sport competition, you will notice that everyone’s technique varies – almost as if they are using a totally different technique to do the same lift. While there are stylistic differences in how each person lifts, in general the basic biomechanics of the lift always remain the same. 

The kettlebell snatch is the most technically challenging of the GS lifts, as well as the lift that varies the most between athletes. In the following video, Ketacademy Master Coach and Texas Kettlebell Academy owner Aaron Vyvial describes two variations in kettlebell snatch technique that are aesthetically different, but maintain the same biomechanical principles.


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Intro to the Kettlebell Sport snatch

Discover the key principles to snatching a kettlebell for competition kettlebell lifting – proper swing mechanics, hand position, and weight shift to avoid forearm fatigue and blisters.


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