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Anyone who has ever handled a kettlebell under the supervision of a good coach knows that these primitive-looking weights can be invaluable training tools for building explosiveness, burning fat, and improving posterior chain strength and stability.
But there’s more than one way to swing a ’bell. In CrossFit, we like to rock the American version, which differs from the popular Russian version in that the ’bell travels much closer to your body on its way to a fully extended, overhead finish. The drive comes from the hips, but because the arms stay closer to the body, it can be more demanding on your shoulders than the Russian swing. Constant practice is the only way to negate that uptick in difficulty. Master it and you can count on hobbling away with smoked glutes, shoulders, and forearms.
Master form, then try these brutal WODs.
Make sure to keep your core tight. Hinge at the hips, bending with your knees while keeping your back flat. Squeeze your butt when your hips extend and lock your arms out overhead while pushing your head forward. Keep the kettlebell close to your body. It should be halfway between an upright row and the full extension of a Russian swing, with all the power coming from your hips.
Keep the ’bell cocked slightly forward; this makes it easier to keep the weight in front of you and under control.
Building the American swing into MetCons is the best way to reap the benefits. Try one of these: