These three kettlebell workouts have been specifically designed for use in the Kettlebell Swing and Snatch Efficiency in CrossFit Workshop, but they can just as easily be used outside of the workshop. The workouts are awesome and to be performed one after the other, with up to one or two minutes rest in between!
To be the most efficient, we let the weight drop from as high as possible, as the higher the height that the weight drops from, the higher the bounce we get on the way up, meaning, we can get the lift halfway up so that we only have to lift half a rep each time.
In CrossFit, we’ve seen the Kettlebell as something to swing overhead and in some cases, pick up and carry to the other side of the room. We certainly get a lot of benefits from these two movements, but Kettlebells do have other purposes & benefits.
I think it’s a lot of bull to justify the American Swing with it being more natural to complete the movement, if that is the case, then why do deadlifts at all, why not complete it with a clean or snatch? Hold your horses, just because I don’t agree with the above, does not mean I don’t like the American Swing, I’m just saying the above is bull to justify it.
Lets be honest, there isn’t enough of it, yes, there is a great amount of what a kettlebell trainer would not include in a workout (American Swings). Yet the kettlebell is a far more superior tool to the barbell in many ways, not all ways, but many ways.
To get efficient at something you need to understand it and be able to break it down so that you can use what you need, when you need it. This can be knowing when to utilise what style, for example utilising hardstyle snatch technique when you only need to pump out 5 or 10 reps.
On the opposite you can do LIIT which stands for LOW Intensity Interval Training, which I personally think deserves to have the word TRAINING in it more than HIIT does, HIIT should be HIIW, and if you read my article “Are you working out or training?” then you know what I’m saying. Focus on the movement.
Any competition where the aim is to be as fast—getting in as many reps as possible—should really only involve explosive movements. Take Kettlebell Sport for example: all movements are explosive, maintained at a high standard, and are scrutinised with each repetition, just like the reps in CrossFit competitions are scrutinized.