Clean Up Your Kettlebell Swing: Part I

As I mentioned in my blog on the kettlebell deadlift, over the next couple weeks I'll be breaking down the kettlebell swing in-depth and in a practical way that will allow you to improve your form dramatically.

If I had to pick just one exercise as the ultimate "bang for your buck" movement, I'd pick the kettlebell swing without thinking twice. 

Aerobic work? Check. Power development? Check. Great option for conditioning when you only have a limited amount of time to exercise? Check. Kettlebell cleans and snatches also get the same jobs done, but the learning curve is much steeper to both movements in comparison to the swing. 

That doesn't mean the swing technique is easy to grasp, however. It's not. It's not uncommon to see mediocre "squatty" swings in any gym you step into nowadays. When done incorrectly, your risk of injury is tenfold compared to executing the swing with proper technique.

Now where do most people go wrong with their swings? The initial setup of the swing is the most crucial aspect in regards to having a clean kettlebell swing. If you can't start in a good position, it's impossible for you to finish in a good position.

In the video below, I discuss how to setup the swing properly with the help of Tim Garkusha, SFG-I, SFL. Week by week, we'll break down the next step of the swing, until we've put all the pieces of the puzzle together into a complete set.

Side Note: I've decided to step out of my comfort zone and speak on camera. While it's not perfect, obviously, I can't complain about the final product for it being my first time ever. Aside from the heavy New York accent, and talking a mile a minute at the beginning of this video, please give me feedback on what I can do to get better! Practice makes perfect, and that's exactly what I intend on doing.