The Kettlebell Clean

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells, Videos

October 23, 2009

Video Article

You can learn a lot about the kettlebell clean with a whiteboard eraser tucked in your armpit.

To demonstrate the correct position of the upper arm throughout a kettlebell clean, expert Jeff Martone of Tactical Athlete squeezes an eraser between his humerus and torso while performing the movement. The key is to keep your arm tight to your body as you pop your hips to drive the kettlebell upward. The elbow drops, the “death grip” is relaxed, and the bell should slide into the proper rack position. To initiate the down phase, simply reverse the movement.

To clean a pair of kettlebells, widen your stance slightly but change little else. With two bells meeting at the rack position in the center of your chest, the correct grip is important to avoid smashed fingers. Ensure you grip the kettlebells by the inside corners of their handles, and release your fingers as you get into the rack position. Doing so will allow the handles to touch without creating black fingernails.

“All you have to do is get them smashed once, you know, and you’re not going to wanna repeat it,” Martone says.

Video by Again Faster.

6min 41sec

Additional reading: Double-Kettlebell Push Press and Jerk by Jeff Martone, published Jan. 1, 2008.

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