Kettlebell snatches are brutal and beautiful. A full body powerlifting movement with a kettlebell, working your upper and lower body.
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The kettlebell snatch is a movement taken from barbell powerlifting. You start with the barbell on the floor and, in one movement, throw it above your head and hold it there for a second.
Before dropping it back to the floor.
With a kettlebell, you don't need a full barbell and weight plates to do this exercise. Just your kettlebell and the know-how right here.
If you do sports or martial arts, snatches will help you by building explosive leg strength. And you'll learn how to keep your body tight, and manipulate the weight of the kettlebell effectively with your body.
The kettlebell snatch is an powerful movement, and great for your whole body. I was first introduced to it in Pavel Tsatsouline's awesome bookThe Russian Kettlebell Challenge, which is the basis for the guidelines below.
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Kettlebell Snatches: A How-To Guide
1. Tsatsouline, Pavel. 2001. The Russian Kettlebell Challenge: Xtreme Fitness For Hard Living Comrades. St. Paul, MN: Dragon Door Publications. Pp. 74-9.
2. Ibid. Pp. 77.
3. Ibid. Pp. 79.
4. Tsatsouline, Pavel. 2002. From Russia With Tough Love: Pavel's Kettlebell Workout For A Femme Fatale. Saint Paul, Minn: Dragon Door. Pp. 91.
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