Posted by Travis Harwood, CSCS, Lead Personal Trainer at Athlon Elite
Many of you have performed kettlebell or dumbbell swings here at Athlon Elite…
Well the "Kettlebell snatch" is the swing’s very ugly, painful, amazing, cousin!
The kettlebell snatch is similar to the barbell, or Olympic lifting snatch in hip movement but is very different in action. While Olyimpic weightlifters intend to lift the highest amount of weight by maximizing efficiency, kettlebellers use a concept called “Hard Style.” Hard Style training will make the exercise as physically demanding as possible (sounds fun huh! As you know, the more challenging your "practice" is the better prepared you will be for game time.)
If you remember from your high school physics class Work= Force x Distance, and in physical activity the more work you perform, the more you have to use your big muscles as well as your small stabilizer muscles to control the "Work." This leads to a huge training stimulus that will prepare your body for battle. (Plus, for you athletes needing to trim a little body fat this leads to more calorie consumption to fuel the activity.)
Now where the kettlebell exaggerates "Work" is with torque (torque = force multiplied by the distance of the weight away from the body’s center of mass). So to make a long story short, not only are you moving the weight through a large area of space, but it is getting heavier as you do it; in other words say hello to your new VERY strong core musculature as well as large "mover" muscles… and goodbye to those calories!!!
So, now you’ve heard the calorie burning potential of the kettlebell snatch, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg…
Exercise Scientists have written entire books explaining the benefits of performing explosive, total body activities for the musculoskeletal system and kettlebell training programs.
To hear more about all the benefits of Kettlebell Training and to learn the Swing, Clean, Snatch, Front Squat, Getup, Sit-up, Windmill, Press, Pistol, Pull-up, Single Leg Deadlift, and Single Leg RDL (the movements that almost all professional athletes are starting to use in their training programs) contact Athlon Elite at (805) 440-0215 or CLICK HERE and schedule a
FREE private consultation with Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County’s ONLY professionally certified Kettlebell Instructor
Travis M. Harwood CSCS, CPT, RKC!!!
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