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Kettlebell Grip…

Kettlebell Grip…

by: Brandon Richey

Kettlebell Grip…

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So for today I just posted up this video about utilizing an effective kettlebell grip to help you to better execute some of your kettlebell lifts. The set up is everything when it comes to executing any lift. 

Kettlebell Grip…

Are you having issues holding your kettlebell during the clean and rack, or during other basic lifts? If so then I think you’ll appreciate this little video that I just posted up. Go stand in front of a mirror and practice this after you watch the video. I promise this little grip adjustment will make all the difference in the world in your kettlebell training program. 

Hopefully you can already tell a big difference. Remember that technique is everything, and often times folks just neglect implementing the most basic technical aspects of a lift before they ever perform it which generally leads to an undesirable movement. 

Please feel free to post your questions and comments in the comment box below this article. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend. 

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Kettlebell Grip…



I'm a Certified Strength And Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and author. I have had over 17 years experience in MMA fitness, strength and conditoning, and athletic performance for most every sport. As an author and specialist I've written close to a million words on fitness and strength. I'm also a Muay Thai practictioner and enjoy helping others to reach their peak potential through fitness and performance.

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  1. Brandon where can I go to get kettlebell swing workout routines at? For example like when you train swings with barbell squats, deadlifts, benches etc and also when you do countdowns with them and routines like this? Thank you

    1. Sure Rick, I include up to 30 kettle bell, power, and conditioning workouts in mine and Brad’s Kettlebell Power And Speed Formula ebook here In addition to that you might want to check out this product Beyond Bodybuilding for additional strength building utilizing methods to accelerate your strength gains with traditional lifting. Thanks once again for taking the time to comment on the post! Here’s the link for the Beyond Bodybuilding:

  2. Good stuff and right on point, Brandon. I’ve been working with KBs for years and it didn’t take me long to move to the grip adjustment you advocate. Is it in conformity with conventional doctrine? I have no idea nor do I care as I work out for my personal benefit and nothing else. What you demonstrated in the video clip works, it works well, and people would be well advised to follow your guidance. Best regards, Doc.

  3. Doc I really appreciate the feedback. I know you have a great deal of physical training experience to understand the big deal that so many of these small adjustments can make when it comes to effectively handling free weights. This is why strength is a skill. Thanks again my friend!

  4. Brandon, people new and experienced in KB training would do themselves a service by simply purchasing your KB work out book. I have watched somewhere around 100 Youtube clips on KBs and have seen far more horrendous demonstrations than ones showing good technique. Moving weight dynamically is a unique skill set and one that requires some practice prior to actually engaging in a work out. Make a wrong move with weight traveling fast and a set back injury is often times the outcome. Furthermore, it has been my experience that failure to properly work within the Force – Velocity Curve is a sure way to waste a lot of time and energy.

    I do not have RKC or anything else in terms of alphabet soup propping me up. I do have decades of consistent training that has produced good results over time and through direct personal experience the ability to recognize the “good stuff” when I see it. What you offer is on point … the good stuff. Getting it right is crucial to any successful training program. “Practice makes perfect.” is an incomplete statement and faulty practice just makes sweat. “Perfect practice makes perfect.” is the correct formulation. $29 for a blue print to perfection? That’s dirt cheap and anyone who is on the fitness for life track should have a decent sized library of reference material. “A smart man makes a mistake, learns from it, and never makes that mistake again. But a wise man finds a smart man and learns from him how to avoid the mistake altogether.” (Roy H. Williams) I’ll take the wise path every time.

    1. Doc I really appreciate that endorsement! It certainly means a lot come from a man with your experience and background. You’re exactly right though it does take practice to move weight dynamically. It’s so natural, yet so unnatural to the majority of the population in much of this current era of “strength training.” I like to throw blame a lot of places because I believe there are a number of factors to contribute to this, but one of them has been the era of the “health club’s version” of strength training.

      Sadly when folks go from not moving to only moving primarily on the fixed plane of a machine, or with poor movement ability it has dumbed down the purpose of strength. You know as well as I do that our bodies move in patterns and the muscles have to work as a unit. Anyone that can effectively do this can teach another how to do the same. Thanks again for your feedback my friend and keep at it! 🙂

  5. Agreed, Brandon, with a lot of blame being properly put on “health clubs” which I have found to be far more a social setting than a place of seriously pursuing fitness. I also think the Weider Brothers are in for a fair amount of blame as well. Body building is an inherently isolation exercise based practice and one I term “dis-integrative” as it breaks the kinesthetic chains of natural, whole body movement patterns. Never mind the prevalence of AS abuse, the training protocols are, for the most part, anathema to creating a good level of functional strength.

    It now appears that at least some people are revisiting functional strength and moving away from things that only benefit a select few with the right genetic inheritance, a lot of leisure time, and ready access to AS. As a Contractor, I frequently matched up with others in my group that were products of “conventional” weight training in feats of strength. More than a few times I trounced the sterling young turk challenger with 18 inch guns just to hear “You only beat me because you have crazy Old Man strength.” … whatever the hell that means.

    The vast majority of people would do themselves a serious favor by staying away from the supplement industry bank rolled “health” rags and focusing on things such as you are advocating. A life time of fitness that translates to a better quality of life awaits those willing to put in a little intelligent training on a regular basis. Fitness is a good habit to create and keep.

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