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In Kettlebells

April 01, 2007

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In the last issue, I outlined the basic mechanics, common errors, and corrective drills for the traditional kettlebell clean. This month, I will quickly cover two variations on the move—the dead clean and the bottoms-up clean—and then give you several challenging combination drills that incorporate them. These drills are best performed on a flat, level surface with a kettlebell that has a flat and even… Continue Reading

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Kettlebell Clean

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

March 01, 2007

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The clean is a traditional and versatile kettlebell exercise that everyone needs to master. Its original purpose was to provide a safe means to get one or two kettlebells in position for overhead lifts. The clean is the precursor for the military press, push press, double jerk, etc. The clean can be used by itself as an exercise for strength and endurance or in combination with bodyweight exercises or other high-repetition… Continue Reading

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In Kettlebells

February 01, 2007

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Once you have mastered the two-arm swing, H2H Swing, and Swing Release, it's time to move to the next progression: H2H (hand-to-hand) tapping drills. These drills are excellent for increasing your hand-to-eye coordination, hand speed, dynamic grip strength, and work capacity. When learning new H2H drills, it is best to practice multiple sets of low reps using a light kettlebell. Grass, sand, or a firm mat… Continue Reading

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One-Arm Swings and Beyond

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

January 01, 2007

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In the last two issues, I discussed the mechanics and fundamental movements of the two-arm kettlebell swing. Through proper, regular practice, your swing should now be more efficient, consistent, and powerful. Now it's time to move to the next progression: the one-arm swing.

Performing the kettlebell swing with one arm at a time makes it a more demanding exercise, even though the technique is the same as for the two-arm swing. You will… Continue Reading

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Improving Your Swing Part 2

By Jeff Martone

In Kettlebells

December 01, 2006

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The mechanics of the deadlift and the importance of achieving and maintaining lumbar and thoracic back extension during the deadlift are also essential when performing Olympic lifts or kettlebell swings, cleans, and snatches. The same holds true for Coach Burgener’s definition of the Olympic lifts as "a vicious extension of the ankles, knees, and hips that creates momentum and elevation on the barbell." This same "vicious extension" also takes… Continue Reading

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In Kettlebells

November 01, 2006

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The purpose of this series of articles is to share specific kettlebell training tips and progressions to assist the CrossFit community in maximizing the full potential of their kettlebells. The kettlebell is an extremely versatile "old school" strength and conditioning implement. Used properly, it can build functional strength, stamina, flexibility, and amazingly rehabilitate old injuries. Used incorrectly, it can… Continue Reading

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Swingers and Kippers

By Tyler Hass

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The most strident objectors to the kipping pull-up advocated by CrossFit have been the kettlebell swingers. They despise our "sloppy" pullups. Other communities have been confused by kipping but are ultimately receptive to it after an explanation of our reasons. The reaction of the Kettlebell community has been to call us a cult.

I know how much they love swinging kettlebells, so here is my attempt to show that their flavor of… Continue Reading

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