THE KETTLEBELL SWING: TIMING MATTERS – “WAIT FOR IT!”

 

Last week I posted on Instagram about the importance of the TIMING of the kettlebell swing. Before I get to some instruction and tips that can help you with this I’m excited to share with you that I’ve finalized a date for I Am Not Afraid To Lift® ALBANY, NY – October 20, 2019. Sign up link is below along with sign up links for all of my upcoming fall workshops. I hope to see you at one of them!

  • I Am Not Afraid To Lift® IOWA on September 21, 2019 at Grit Gym in Iowa City, Iowa. There are only 7 spots left at the early bird discount rate and then after that the price goes up $100. So get in on it early if you plan to attend!

You can sign up ==> HERE <==

  • I Am Not Afraid To Lift® ALBANY, NY on October 20, 2019 at Her Strength Studio in Latham, New York. There are only 8 spots left at the early bird discount rate and then after that the price goes up $100. So get in on it early if you plan to attend!

You can sign up ==> HERE <==

  • StrongFirst Kettlebell Course LAS VEGAS on September 29, 2019 at LifeTime Athletic – Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

You can sign up  ==> HERE <==

  • StrongFirst Barbell Course LAS VEGAS on October 27, 2019 at LifeTime Athletic – Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

You can sign up  ==> HERE <==

  • *Advanced Kettlebell Ballistics Course LAS VEGAS on November 10, 2019 at LifeTime Athletic – Summerlin, Las Vegas, Nevada.

You can sign up ==> HERE <== 

Early Bird Discount Ends October 27, 2019!

*Learn more about this course  

==> HERE <==

ALSO, my Summer Shred Version 2.0 program launches THIS Tuesday, July 2. Launch sale price will be valid on the first 50 sold, so keep a look out for the launch!

NOW onto the subject of this post…

THE KETTLEBELL SWING: TIMING MATTERS – “WAIT FOR IT!” 

One thing that I see often when people are first learning the kettlebell swing is that their timing can be off with the back swing and this causes a swing that looks like one of those drinking/dippy bird toys.

HOW IS THIS TIMING? What happens is that on the back swing they lead back with their hips first, rather than waiting for the bell and then as a result their arms follow, swinging the bell low below their knees which creates a big arc. With this, their back and/or upper body will take the load of the swing rather than the hips and glutes.

HOW TO FIX THIS: What you want to do is from the standing position, WAIT for the bell (tune into the video below around :15 seconds in and you will hear me say “Wait for it, wait for it, GET OUT OF THE WAY!”) until it reaches your hips and then quickly get out of the way of the bell like you are playing chicken with it  yes, it’s a bit scary.

You will know that you are doing this correctly when:

  1. The kettlebell swings back above your knees;
  2. You feel your forearms touch your inner thighs on the backs swing; and as a result…
  3. If you have chalk on your hands then you will have chalk on your crotch. (Haha! ;))

So, “Wait for it, wait for it, GET OUT OF THE WAY!”

If timing is something that you or your client or student is struggling with, then a drill that can help you improve the timing of the kettlebell swing are BAND SWINGS. Learn more about this drill, and how to implement it, in the video below…

Want to learn more about how to improve your kettlebell swing? Then join me LIVE and IN PERSON to learn HOW at one of my LIVE events this fall mentioned earlier in this post – either at I Am Not Afraid To Lift® or my StrongFirst Kettlebell Course. Sign up links at the beginning of this post. I hope to see you there!!

Yours in Strength,

Artemis

 

Artemis Scantalides

Owner

Iron Body Training Systems &

I Am Not Afraid To Lift® Workshops

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