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How to Avoid Hitting Your Forearm With the Kettlebell

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.

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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: 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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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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The Importance of Relaxation

Efficiency and relaxation

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

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Hand position for the double kettlebell clean

The video below addresses several aspects of hand position for the double kettlebell clean, including:

  • Hook grip
  • Position on kettlebell handle
  • Thumbs forward versus thumbs back
  • How hand position shifts on the clean drop


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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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