The Kettlebell Swing is the cornerstone of all kettlebell training. Whether you just workout with bells, compete in kettlebell sport or use kettlebells as a main component of strength and conditioning training, it all starts with the swing. Now first off, the competition swing and the hardstyle swing demonstrated in this lesson are quite different.
The hardstyle swing uses explosive hips to drive the kettlebell forward to develop power, strong hips, strong torso and can help shed a lot of calories very quickly. The objective is to expend energy, albeit safely.
The competition swing (GS) uses a gentler, fluid motion to somewhat conserve energy but to help prepare the athlete for their sport where the focus is on the snatch, clean & jerk and jerk alone. These are fantastic movements too but, I’m here to show you how to perform the hardstyle kettlebell swing.
When you have a great swing, taking the kettlebell into other positions and movements will be easier, more successful and safer. To clean or snatch the bell, you need to know how to swing. To press or squat the bell, you need to know how to clean.
Got it? Are you ready to Swing?
Hi, I'm Jamie Hunter, owner operator of FitStrong Performance Training in sunny Brisbane, Australia. I have been a professional trainer since 1997 after a brief career as a pro cyclist. An untimely knee injury closed the doors on that career but opened an opportunity to pursue a career helping other people take on their own physical challenges.
At FitStrong we focus on moving better first off, to remove limiting factors before pursuing moving stronger, whether that's with bodyweight training aka calisthenics or with kettlebells or other 'tools'.
We aim for moving good, better and best. We don't call less than perfect moves bad or poor, just work in progress.
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