The kettlebell snatch is the summary of all the skills learned in the CrossFit Kettlebell Trainer Course. At this seminar at Progressive F.O.R.C.E. CrossFit in Las Vegas, kettlebell guru Jeff Martone teaches it from the top down.
If you’ve already mastered the swing, the mechanics for the snatch are already in place, he explains. Martone starts with cleaning the bell and pressing it overhead. He notes the importance of the thumb being back or else the weight comes over the head and the tricep will tire more quickly.
On the swing for the snatch, you want to see your hand at 45 degrees, Martone says.
“The quicker you stick your hand in that handle the softer that kettlebell goes on,” he notes. “So, hip, shoulder back, good hand position, once you get there—boom—and you’re right up.”
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Additional reading: All About the ’Bell by T.J. Murphy, published April 2, 2012.