In Coaching, HD Videos, Kettlebells

July 29, 2012

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Get your weekly dose of “boom” with Jeff Martone as he talks kettlebell cleans, snatches and thrusters at the CrossFit Experience at the 2012 Reebok CrossFit Games.

The CrossFit Kettlebell instructor highlights the importance of the rack position, emphasizing hand placement and keeping the weight close to the body.

To avoid bruised forearms, simplify the movement, he says, by thinking, “drop the elbow, open my hand.”

“Here’s the principles: driving through the heels, hip extension,” Martone explains. “I’m not shruggin’. That kettlebell’s going to be driving my arm up. Drop the elbow—that’s what you’re doing.”

Thrusters with kettlebells are no more enjoyable than those with a barbell, especially when it comes to Fran, he jokingly continues.

“Fran never feels good anyway … no matter what your time is,” Martone says with a laugh. “And it feels less good when you’re doing it with kettlebells ’cause now it’s like crushing your chest. It’s harder to breathe. Your pull-ups suffer.”

But with proper rack positioning and the kettlebell close to the body, he adds, it’ll be easier to move.

8min 24sec

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Additional reading: All About the ’Bell by T.J. Murphy, published April 2, 2012.

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14 Comments on “The CrossFit Experience With Jeff Martone”

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Boom.

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Good video of a great kettlebell instructor in Jeff Martone. BOOM!

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Zach Even - Esh wrote …

BOOM, that's it.... KIDS!

I wanna see some more KBs in the WODs and even in Games!!!

Something beyond the basic swings although I see it as getting tough to
easily count reps on these during times events / races

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BOOM! Jeff is a great teacher. I totally agree with you Zach. It would be cool to see some heavy KB snatches or clean and jerks in the games.

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Jeff is the single most awkward person I have ever met while at the same time being the best instructor of any discipline that I have ever trained with. Love this dude.

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I'd like to see some kettlebell tators at the games. Force production coordination and balance all tested at once.

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Jeff makes me homesick for Boston!

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Boom.

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I agree with Bart, the last 10 seconds of this video are great. Boom!

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Nice; Jeff is the best at teaching this, its so easy to understand his movements and cues.
Great to have him in the community

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Boom.

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Boom!

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Bowm! That's it. Great cues here for upper arm attached to core for efficiency and strength.
The more I listen to Jeff the easier he becomes to understand. Bostonian, is a language I am learning to appreciate.

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BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM. BOOM Here. BOOM BOOM That's it. LOL

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