Kettlebell Swing: Hardstyle vs Girevoy

Q: Can you please clarify the different benefits that accrue from the hardstyle and soft style swings. Which would be better as an exercise?  A: Prefer to watch this answer as a video? Go HERE Hardstyle Swing Hardstyle swing has a movement pattern almost identical to the deadlift, with a slight emphasis on the glutesContinue reading “Kettlebell Swing: Hardstyle vs Girevoy”

Q: What Pace Makes Sense for a 10 min set of Girevoy Jerk?

Q: What Pace Makes Sense for a 10 min set of Girevoy Jerk? (A question by Andi Baumann) A. Hi Andi, Great question! How many reps of Jerk one should aim for in a minute during a 10 min Girevoy Competition set? You should be in the approximate range of 90-180 reps total. Under 90Continue reading “Q: What Pace Makes Sense for a 10 min set of Girevoy Jerk?”

Leaning Back in Kettlebell Jerk

Q: I’ve sometimes seen people bend back as they do their jerks. Should you ever bend backwards as you do these movements? (Finney Raju) A: Hi Finney, Great question! The thoracic extension can indeed happen when you drive the Kettlebell off the rack, it’s more commonly used in Girevoy sport because Girevoy athletes develop greatContinue reading “Leaning Back in Kettlebell Jerk”

How to OWN your Kettlebell for better TGU

Q: I have an imbalance in TGU. My right side is far behind technique wise. Strange, because my stronger arm is the right arm. The initial roll to elbow is tough. I CAN do the Get Up with 32kg on both sides but it looks and feels bad. Probably have to stick with 24kg forContinue reading “How to OWN your Kettlebell for better TGU”

Bent Elbow At Top of Swing

Q:Why do your elbows look bent at the top of the swing? Shouldn’t they be straight? A:No. The elbows shouldn’t be actively straightened during swings. Neither should they be actively bent. The elbows should be RELAXED during swings. My elbows might seem bent at the top of the swing because they’re actually relaxed, and sinceContinue reading “Bent Elbow At Top of Swing”

Can I turn out my toes in kettlebell swing?

Question: ‘When we adopt a squat stance, we can play around with the width of our stance and turnout of our feet, depending on individual hip structure and the upright torso requirement (Goblet, Front or Overhead Squats have different requirements when it comes to upright torso position, thus the stance for them will be different).Continue reading “Can I turn out my toes in kettlebell swing?”

What Kettlebellers Can Learn from Bodybuilders and Old School Russians

Hardstyle kettlebell training is notorious for its goals of strength and power, short training sessions, using compound lifts, practicing the same movements over and over again, and using low rep ranges: 3-5 sets of 3-5 reps being the standard format.  Bodybuilding is notorious for its goal of muscle hypertrophy, ultra-long training sessions, employing both compound andContinue reading “What Kettlebellers Can Learn from Bodybuilders and Old School Russians”

The Art of Kettlebell Recycling

What is kettlebell recycling? It is efficiently recreating identical reps (e.g. of deadlift, squat, swing, press, clean, snatch) one after another without movement quality deteriorating and without wasting excess energy.  Your ability to recycle well determines not only how long you can last in a training set, or how well you perform in any activityContinue reading “The Art of Kettlebell Recycling”

Girevoy Nationals 2020: reflections

This is the face of intense struggle and realization from the Girevoy competition this past weekend. It was fantastic and there’s a huge lesson here! I didn’t train for this event. I had a VERY nice relaxing winter 🙂 and I don’t regret it for a second. But I suspected that I would struggle andContinue reading “Girevoy Nationals 2020: reflections”

Why Kettlebells are like Olympic Lifting 2.0

I love Olympic Lifting. It is supremely satisfying to hoist a heavy weight over your head. Plus, it builds power, strength, mobility, coordination, lean muscle, core strength, ability to use the body as one solid unit, and mental focus. However, I’ve always found five downsides to traditional Olympic Lifting (using a barbell) when it comesContinue reading “Why Kettlebells are like Olympic Lifting 2.0”