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Old 02-26-2010, 08:34 PM   #1
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TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

It seems like no matter HOW I grip the handle, the ball of the KB pushed down onto my forearm. The only way I can keep it from doing so is if I let my wrist bend... but I doubt that that's safe.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:46 PM   #2
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

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It seems like no matter HOW I grip the handle, the ball of the KB pushed down onto my forearm. The only way I can keep it from doing so is if I let my wrist bend... but I doubt that that's safe.
Correct. Your forearms will toughen up.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:13 PM   #3
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

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Correct. Your forearms will toughen up.
Yep. Do not bend the wrist. Just like the front rack position for guys, you'll get used to it.
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:29 PM   #4
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

Yep. Straight wrist, locked out elbow. You should be able to look right down your arm to whatever you're pointing at.
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Old 02-26-2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

Also, make sure that you are gripping the kettlebell such that the crook of your thumb is slid all the way into the corner of the handle. The flat portion of the handle should trace a line from this crook inbetween your thumb and index finger diagonally across your palm to the base of the wrist.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:02 AM   #6
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

I must be doing something wrong because it's not just uncomfortable.. it's really painful.. like it's going to break something if I keep at it. I dunno... here's the grip I use..

http://www.kettlebellworks.com/DSC_3289.jpg

http://www.kettlebellworks.com/DSC_3291.jpg

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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

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I must be doing something wrong because it's not just uncomfortable.. it's really painful.. like it's going to break something if I keep at it.
In your forearm or wrist?

Make sure you're keeping your wrist extended so that the weight of the KB rests on the heel of your hand and is centered over your wrist and elbow, not higher up in the palm of your hand. Think the analogy of active shoulders, but in the wrist.

Ultimately if the pain persists, don't do it until you can have someone who really knows what they're doing coach you on it. You have to recognize the difference between things that are normal to intense training (muscle soreness, fatigue, discomfort) and things that represent a major danger to your self (acute pain, tissue damage).
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

Turn the KB a little more in the 2nd picture so that the flat portion of the bell rests against your forearm.
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Old 03-03-2010, 09:47 AM   #9
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

I use the same grip as I do in the top of the press. handle flat against my hand. You will need to flex your forearm a bit and it hurt a bit the first few dozen times.
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Re: TGU - how the hell do you hold the KB?

Ok, I got it now.. I wasn't grabbing from the corner of the handle enough.. the bell is almost completely sideways but it's only uncomforable and not painful.
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