Difference between kettlebell hip hinge swing and squat swing

The difference between a hip hinge and squat kettlebell swing is that in the first variation the joints flexed can vary between just the hip joints or the hip and knee joints. The second variation covered in this video is the squat style swing and always involves 3 joints, the hips, knees, and ankles.

There are plenty of trainers who will tell you that a kettlebell swing with a squat is wrong, but they are wrong if they can’t back it up with the reason why it’s wrong.

Kettlebell squat swing benefits

One of the most important questions to answer is “what are the benefits of squat swing?” because that answer will allow you to determine whether performing the kettlebell swing squat is good or bad, right or wrong, efficient or inefficient.

Want to focus on the glutes, erector spinae, and hamstrings? Then perform the hip hinge. Want to reduce the load on the back, work the quads, glutes, and hamstrings? Then perform the squat version. Programming for an anaerobic effect? Then perform the squat version.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, there is a basic book on the kettlebell swing, well, we call it basic because it covers everything about the most common swing and we have a book coming out soon that covers everything about the kettlebell swing. Check out Master The Basic Kettlebell Swing or take one of our online kettlebell courses from home.

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