Top 13 Kettlebell Training Mistakes and How to Fix Them (part 2)

If you are:

  • Having trouble with the Turkish get up
  • Are whacking the heck out of your forearms on the clean
  • Can’t seem to refine your snatching technique

Today’s post is going to be super helpful for you.

This week, we’re covering the top 13 kettlebell training mistakes – and how to fix them.  If you missed part 1 of the series, make sure that you check that out as well, here:

=> Top 13 Kettlebell Training Mistakes and How to Fix Them


Let’s get right to it!


Top 13 Kettlebell Training Mistakes and How to Fix Them (part 2)


Mistake #6 – Not Doing the Turkish Get Up

I get emails at least weekly from folks asking if they can “skip” this exercise, and do something else instead.  And my standard response is that if you are not doing Turkish get ups, you are missing out big time.

See, the first time I tried this movement, I’m not going to lie – I hated it.  It kind of hurt my shoulders, I couldn’t really figure out what it was doing, and it just felt strange.  I actually was ready to give up on it.

BUT – when I finally got with an RKC instructor and learned how to do it PROPERLY, I realized just how many benefits the exercise provides.  It’s great for shoulder mobility AND stability, “core” strength, hip mobility and stability, and so much more …

Check out this article to see how to do the exercise, broken down into steps:

=> Turkish Get Up Broken Down Into Steps


Mistakes #7, #8, & #9 – (fixing the clean)

The clean is another one of the core kettlebell training moves that can be very tricky to get down.  I have three big mistakes – and fixes – that you’ll find in the video and article below:

=> Three Tips to Improve Your Kettlebell Clean

=> Three Tips to Improve Your Kettlebell Clean (video)


Mistake #10 – No tension generation in the press

If you’re trying to press heavy and you’re not using max tension techniques to help you, you’re missing out big time.

Here’s some tips to help:

=> Boost Your KB Pressing Power

=> Boost Your KB Pressing Power, re-visited 


Mistakes #11, #12, & #13 – (fixing the snatch)

The KB snatch is another really tricky one to get down.

The biggest issues folks seem to have with this one:

  • The KB coming over the top of the hand and smacking the wrist
  • Not generating enough hip drive to get the KB around at the top
  • Letting the ‘bell get too far out and away from the body on the way up and on the way down

Here is my best article and video series on how to do the movement right.  Use this learning progression and these mistakes should be much improved.

=> Mastering The Kettlebell Snatch (part 1)

=> Mastering The Kettlebell Snatch (part 2)

=> Mastering The Kettlebell Snatch (part 3)


Alright!  Between the two posts in this series, I’ve covered what I feel are the top 13 kettlebell training mistakes – and how to fix them.  I am confident that whether you’re a KB beginner or have been at it for a while, you’ll have found some value and new info.    Most importantly, take the tips you’ve learned here, APPLY them in your KB practice, and watch your results go through the roof!!

’till next time –

Forest Vance, MS, RKC II

PS – If you enjoyed this article, be sure to sign up for my email newsletter and grab your FREE Beginner’s Guide to Kettlebell Training!  Just drop your best email address into the box at the upper right of the page to get it now.

And – if you know someone who might enjoy this info – please don’t hesitate to pass it along :)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *