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What’s Wrong With Your Kettlebell Swing?

What’s Wrong With Your Kettlebell Swing?

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What’s Wrong With Your Kettlebell Swing?


That’s right, today is going to be a simple examination of some of the more common problems that I often identify when first working with many trainees using the kettlebell. I have also witnessed much of these with people attempting the kettlebell swing on variety of YouTube channels as well so I decided to move ahead and address this problem right here and now for you. 

Some Potential Technical Flaws With Your Kettlebell Swing…

So today I want to point out some technical aspects of the kettlebell swing and drop some iron bell knowledge bombs on you to help get you started out of the gate with the swing. To make this simple I just decided to shoot a video. Oh and by the way if you happened to watch a little wrasslin back in the 90’s you might be a little ahead of the learning curve here. Just watch the video to see what I mean. 

As you can see there are quite a few things to consider when performing this very technical lift. I hope you liked the Degeneration X reference as well. I bet you didn’t know that would help your kettlebell swing technique right? 

The only way to help that kettle bell swing of yours is to make sure you have kettlebells! 

RCK Authentic Kettlebells

So is your kettlebell swing up to par? Has your swing been looking too squatty? Make sure you are driving home the technique my friend or your results will suffer. Please don’t hesitate to post up in the comment box below if you have anymore questions or comments. Remember that most anyone can train hard, but only the best train smart my friend. 

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What’s Wrong With Your Kettlebell Swing?



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. Great stuff again, Brandon. I would add that swinging the Bell too high is another common mistake … CrossFit seems to do this as a matter of practice. On the return swing people should feel tension load into the core as they decelerate the Bell and a firm surface form in order to efficiently exert force sending the Bell away from the body. Seems that some people doing Swings tend to fail to keep the core firm and create a spongy platform which allows tension to “bleed” through their structure.

    You hit the big ones in terms of technique defects and people can learn a lot from watching your video demonstration a few times while checking their technique against it.

    As a final note, the Chili Peppers ROCK … awesome fricking band.

    1. Doc thanks again for the feedback. You point out a good one with the high arc swing. I have trained doing high swings in the past, but no longer implement them. You hit the nail on the head about how the high arc of the swing essentially allows the tension to bleed away from the body.

      In addition to this if anyone has reasonable control of a proper swing and then implements the very “lax” overhead version they can perform those reps all day long with hardly any exertion. As you pointed out and as I do with my trainees now, once there is double extension of the knees and hips at the top of the swing the core, hips, and glutes have been activated. Essentially the work has been done.

      By allowing the bell to continue to float to above the head I believe that the trainee is just wasting momentum, time, and optimal force production for building strength. Great feedback Doc! Oh yeah, I definitely dig the Chili Peppers…glad you do too! 🙂

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