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Old 05-30-2011, 03:50 PM   #1
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Kettlebell - forearm bruising

Anyone have a problem with this? Preventative measures?

My arms are a little bruised/swollen from snatches and cleans with a 24Kg bell yesterday.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:53 PM   #2
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Re: Kettlebell - forearm bruising

You just need to practice to get the timing right... My first Kettlebell weighed 20kg, and it took a few knocks before I got the hang of receiving it properly. The trick to it is to find just the right time to "punch" through at the top of the movement, rather than letting the bell swing over and hit your forearms. Try it with lighter KBs for a while and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it soon.
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Old 05-30-2011, 03:56 PM   #3
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Re: Kettlebell - forearm bruising

I do have that problem, but it doesn't really bother me all that much, so I just deal with it. It probably has something to do with somewhat sloppy technique.

However, you could try to get some football forearm pads or something like that to absorb the impact.
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Old 05-30-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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Re: Kettlebell - forearm bruising

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I do have that problem, but it doesn't really bother me all that much, so I just deal with it. It probably has something to do with somewhat sloppy technique.

However, you could try to get some football forearm pads or something like that to absorb the impact.
Don't do this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You will be harassed forever by your gym buddies.

Follow what Pearse said we all had this problem starting out you just need to practice. Plus it will make you tougher!

Goodluck!
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:38 PM   #5
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Re: Kettlebell - forearm bruising

Give this (WFS) a look, should help you out.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:03 AM   #6
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Re: Kettlebell - forearm bruising

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I do have that problem, but it doesn't really bother me all that much, so I just deal with it. It probably has something to do with somewhat sloppy technique.

However, you could try to get some football forearm pads or something like that to absorb the impact.
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Don't do this ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

You will be harassed forever by your gym buddies.

Follow what Pearse said we all had this problem starting out you just need to practice. Plus it will make you tougher!

Goodluck!
No offense to these guys but DO NOT DO THIS!!!!!! This is fine advise (well, not really but lets just avoid argument) for the 1.5 pood but what about after that? About once a week I snatch the beast for reps. If didn't have great form and just opted for a .5inch pad I would snap my forearm on the first rep.

DO NOT put a bandaid on your problems. FIX your problems. Learn to snatch.

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Give this (WFS) a look, should help you out.
Cotter is great but he teaches what is often referred to as "GS" style snatches. I don't like them. I prefer hardstyle snatches to an open hand. As another poster said, learn to punch through the snatch. I like the open hand and visualizing knifing through the bell but what ever works for you.

You can find endless youtube videos on the hardstyle snatch.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:34 AM   #7
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Re: Kettlebell - forearm bruising

I'm confused Adam what do you mean do not do this?

I was taught personally by a Senior RKC Instructor how to use KBs and here is a video of me doing a 44kg (97#) snatch. My form I would consider is pretty solid, my feet somewhat leave the ground but thats because I need a heavier bell

haha j/p, its actually quite hard to keep rooted with such a heavy bell, probably have better form with a moderate-heavy bell like a 1.5/2 pood.

Anyways, if you could clear things about up what not to do that would be helpful.

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Definitely a different technique than I was taught. I think I will try it and see what happens. The only thing I do not like now about it is the fingertip grip to start out and the stress it looks like it puts on the biceps brachiialis but I will try with something light to find out first hand.

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I'm confused Adam what do you mean do not do this?

I was taught personally by a Senior RKC Instructor how to use KBs and here is a video of me doing a 44kg (97#) snatch. My form I would consider is pretty solid, my feet somewhat leave the ground but thats because I need a heavier bell

haha j/p, its actually quite hard to keep rooted with such a heavy bell, probably have better form with a moderate-heavy bell like a 1.5/2 pood.

Anyways, if you could clear things about up what not to do that would be helpful.

http://www.youtube.com/user/italians...0?feature=mhee
You are rightfully confused because I read your post exactly opposite of what it actually says. For one reason or another - not the least of which is me being an idiot - I read your post as "Do this" instead of what it actually says, "Don't do this." Sorry.

EDIT: I watched your vid and it is an excellent example of how to punch through. No wrist bang - or at least as little as can be expected the the 44kg. Nice job!

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Gotcha, thanks!
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