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Old 01-16-2010, 07:20 AM   #1
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Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

I tried searching the forums but couldn't find much info.

So, as far as doing Kettlebell swings Crossfit style, is getting some significant lower back fatigue ever an issue? Or is that only the case where the weight is too high or my form is bad? My lower back was more fatigued than my hips, and I suspect that is backwards.

One website briefly mentioned that it could be possible that trying to exit out of a swing in a controlled manner could fatigue the lower back?
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:26 AM   #2
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

Hard to say without knowing your training volume and background. Are you new to KBs?
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Old 01-16-2010, 10:04 AM   #3
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

post your video. maybe you are leaning forward too much.
or it maybe you just think it's your lower back when in reality it's your hips anyway.
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Old 01-16-2010, 12:40 PM   #4
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

I've been crossfitting for about 4 months now, but I started from scratch as far as fitness goes so its been an uphill battle.

I've done probably 5-6 WODs that involved kettlebells, so I'm not completely new to them, but it seems obvious to me that my technique could use some improvement.

I'm absolutely certain it was my lower back that was sore/seriously fatigued during the workout.

I may try to post a video.

I was mainly wondering if anybody else ever felt lower back fatigue during kettlebells, as an indication that could be normal when trying to push it weight or rep -wise.

Otherwise, if that is not normal, then I know for sure I"m doing something wrong.
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

Low back can definitely get sore from KB's done correctly, depending on number of reps and weight. But, I'd post a video if I were you, in case you're doing something weird. There's sore and there's sore.

Because KB's are usually done for high reps and aren't (relatively) heavy, the weak links in the chain are the low back and the grip. I do a lot of high rep KB stuff (e.g. snatches for ten minutes) and hips have never been the issue...
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:21 PM   #6
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

I would say (and I am guessing here) that it is a tweak or two in technique that is needed. With good technique you generally don't feel this from even high rep KB in the lower back. Keep the chest up , make sure the hip fully opens, snap the those hips!
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

Thanks guys, I appreciate the tips.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:37 PM   #8
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

Lower back pain during KB swings is often caused by not keeping your abs tight. Really tighten up the abs, I bet it will go away. I occasionally get a little back pain while swinging, I just tighten up the abs and it stops.
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

Its called doing too much volume before your body is ready to handle it. Ease into high rep swings, as I made that mistake 3 years ago when I received my kettlebell. Your body will adjust over time and then you can perform high swings once you have trained your body to handle it.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:09 PM   #10
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Re: Kettlebell Technique and Lower Back Fatigue

Are you tall?
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