Kettlebells can do a lot of great things. They can make you bigger, stronger, faster, more mobile, and can improve your conditioning and endurance. BUT… you need to use them appropriately to get the most out of them. The three biggest issues I see that hold people back from reaching their goals with kettlebells are […]
I know this is going to sound stupid, but *assuming your technique is solid* the riskiest part of the get-up is bringing the weight back down and switching sides. Thankfully there are very simple ways to avoid a silly injury here. 1) Use both hands to bring the kettlebell down to your chest, then roll […]
Stopping the kettlebell from banging into your shoulder or upper arm during the kettlebell clean can be simple. Typically this banging happens when we let our upper arm travel too far away from our ribs. The kettlebell travels along this big arc, then comes crashing down into our arm. Tighten this up and your banging […]
“T-Rexing” the kettlebell swing is pretty common. However, in a proper hardstyle kettlebell swing, those arms should be fully extended at the top. Think about throwing the kettlebell forward with every swing, and you’ll eliminate the T-Rexing for good.
The squat – be it a Goblet or Double Kettlebell Front Squat – is a “grind”. This means the movement is to be done under complete tension and control. Too often we see people “falling” into the bottom of their squat and then bouncing back up. For a number of reasons, this is far from […]
The rack position is one of the most important positions in the kettlebell world. Not only do we finish our cleans in the rack position, but we also press and front squat from here as well. It’s important we learn to do it properly. The most common issue with the rack is that we clean […]
Saturdays are busy. Trying to find time for a full training session is challenging. Instead, I often do these short “mini-workouts” before each meal. They’re short and sweet, and a great way to sneak some extra volume in. Today, I’ve done the following before breakfast, lunch, and supper: 10 meter Cross Walk (Waiter Walk/Rack Walk) […]
There’s no crying in baseball. And, as Pavel put it, there are no wrists in kettlebells. Never should your wrist bend with a kettlebell in your hand. It’s too hard on your wrist, plus, you lose power. A double whammy! Grab the kettlebell a little differently and stay strong and safe.
The squat is a very difficult movement for some… mainly because they make it way more complicated than it needs to be. Rather than sitting back, or moving your knees forward (which is a bad idea), simply “sit between your knees”.
A common issue with the Kettlebell Ballistics is that our feet start dancing around. Our heals may lift up. Our toes may come off the floor. We don’t want this. Not only is it dangerous, but we lose a lot of strength and power this way, too. To make sure this doesn’t happen, do the […]