We’ve all been there: banged up our wrists so bad that we couldn’t lift the next day without pain.
One of the most common issues for people new to training with kettlebells – outside of hand tears – is being able to clean and snatch the kettlebell without slamming the bell onto their forearm. I remember being super proud of my forearm bruises when I first started lifting kettlebells; they were a battle scar, of sorts. That being said, continually bruising your forearms is not a great idea (for obvious reasons).
So enter my latest video, where I’ll teach you exactly how to avoid hitting your forearm with the kettlebell! Whether you are in your first few months of kettlebell training and want to apply to this to your own lifting, or whether you have been lifting for years and want to improve your technique and get some new coaching cues, this video is for you.
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.
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.
The kettlebell jerk is a movement that utilizes the momentum generated by the legs to bring the bells from the rack position to the overhead position. While your arms and shoulders are working to stabilize, they should not be pushing the bells into the overhead position (or the timing will be off). The quicker the launch and the more relaxed the triceps are, the faster the lifter will be able to jerk without feeling muscular fatigue of the upper body.