Kettlebell Swing Do’s and Don’ts Series
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Video 1 shows thumbs up high at the bottom of the swing. “Thumb to bum!”
Also shows the correct way to start a swing which is from the floor! Starting from the floor encourages an aggressive hike from the bottom which reinforces the power of this movement right from the first touch of the bell.
Video 2 shows what we often see in the gym which is starting the swing from the standing position which not only compromises your back, but again the power of this movement. You will also notice the bell is way low which forces the chest to dip below the hips. The thumbs should be up high to keep the hips engaged and generate power from glutes and hamstrings
Video 1 shows neutral spine and shoulders above the hips. We often see what video 2 shows which puts the spine in a compromised position. Find a spot on the floor! When you break spine alignment you compromise not only a whole lot of power, but also risk of injury. Same thing when your chest dips below your hips you are seriously compromising your low back.
Video 1 shows proper follow through technique meaning at the top of the swing there is “triple extension.” That’s a fancy way to say ankles, knees and hips are locked out at the top. It also shows shoulders pulled back at the top which protects from the reach at the top and hyperextension.
Video 2 shows the top of the swing with soft knees. Triple extension promotes the explosiveness of this exercise so lock it out! Also you’ll notice the bell is reaching forward at the top which does not make for happy shoulders so pin those shoulder blades together.
Next time we do kettlebell swings in training keep these techniques in mind. We hope this clears up some coaching cues along with visual aid to help you have the best kettlbell swing in the world!
Keep making it happen,