Most people think of the kettlebell as a cardio / conditioning tool.
But KBs can also be used for building strength and muscle!
Lifting heavy weights, and doing it often, is one of the keys if you want to get stronger. This means that picking exercises where you can move a lot of weight is key. The start and stop swing is a great choice for this goal.
To perform the start and stop swing, start with a great STANDING set up. This means, BEFORE you reach down to grab the KB, make sure your abs are braced, your shoulders are down and back, and that you’re ready to rock and get going in a nice athletic start position.
Then, the KB is passed back, it swings up to approx chest level, it swings back, and then it’s parked on the ground after EVERY REP.
– You can handle a heavy kettlebell – which means ability to use progressive overload, and make strength gains
– It helps us re-enforce a good start and stop position in the exercise
– We get practice using our lats to start the weight going from a dead stop position on every rep
– It helps us practice staying in great, athletic, safe position during the exercise
The start and stop kettlebell swing is a great move. Work it into your kettlebell exercises for strength repertoire today!
Train hard, talk soon –
– Forest Vance
Master of Science, Human Movement
Creator, the CORE Kettlebell System