View Full Version : Comments on my Kettlebell Snatch?

Jerry Mobbs
12-02-2007, 08:35 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPl5FGQ-vnwWFS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPl5FGQ-vnw)



Tom Brose
12-02-2007, 04:23 PM
Ok Jerry, you are doing a "dead" snatch, all vertical with no backswing. This in itself is alright, but not really what I do with a kettlebell. There are tons of variations, but overall I prefer a swing back between the legs, which creates a more fluid snatch. That means its more of a single movement, opposed to a more prominent punch through 'two part' movement like yours. Also minimizes banging on the forearm, which makes high reps much safer (or at least tolerable).

To get comfortable with this, I would recommend a lot of swings, especially single arm swings keeping a short arc, with the elbow bent. make sure that the bell doesn't pull you forward on your toes.

At the top, I would focus on the hand being more vertical, not letting the wrist break backwards. If you open up the hand, the fingers point to the ceiling, not behind you.

As you lower the bell, don't let it get wide outside the line of the body. Actually, you are snatching it up a little far outside your centerline as well. Think delt to the ear.

Its hard to describe some of the movements, I will look for some good videos to illustrate what I am saying. Keep up the hard work, just work on getting the movement a little smoother.

Tom Corrigan
12-04-2007, 10:58 PM
Here is a head on clip of a KB snatch, from a World Champ.



Here is a side view of another World Champ snatching.


And yet another Champ, Fedor Fuglev, who did 210 snatches with a 32kg KB in 10 minutes... He weighs 80kg.


Each Champion had certain differences to their technique, and in the last clip, you can see a few competing at the same time.

Tom Brose is correct with his assessment, and I hope I can help also, because seeing how the best in the World do it can only help.

KB snatching is about strength-endurance, not max-power. The Olympic Snatch is the lift for that. DB substitutes for that are fine for conditioning, but is inferior for high rep work compared to a KB because of the difficulty of swinging it back between your legs (safely) and the lack of any stabilization and torque reduction at lockout. Anyone can snatch a DB with a few practice reps, while a KB snatch takes some skill and timing to learn, because of how the bell moves around the handle.

Start by doing 1 arm swings, bending your arm at the height of your swing (around forehead level) and straightening it out as it goes back betwen your legs. Later, you learn to punch the handle around the bell at the apex of the swing, and follow thru, locking out the arm overhead.


Jerry Mobbs
12-06-2007, 06:10 PM



Thanks for both your comments. Will try out your tips and see how we go.

I always wondered how the hell anyone did 10 mins of snatches, but your advice makes it seem more achievable now.