Whenever I give one of my athletes a tip or technique tweak to work on, they almost always lament that their lifting feels harder or more awkward. Most of us have this idea in our head that the “right thing” should immediately feel easy, but this is usually not the case.
One of my favorite quotes applies well to this situation: “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life.” This can easily be adapted to apply to Kettlebell Sport: “Easy practice, hard competition. Hard practice, easy competition.”
The hardest part of Kettlebell Sport is doing focused technique work. What exactly do I mean by this? Continue reading →
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.
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 goal of Kettlebell Sport technique is to use gravity, weight shifting, breathing, and proper timing to move the kettlebells as efficiently as possible, so that you can complete as many repetitions as possible. In order to incorporate these four elements into your lifting, you must learn to relax – at the appropriate times. Continue reading →