5 Tips for a Perfect Kettlebell Swing

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The kettlebell, more commonly known in Russia as “Girya,” is one of the most misunderstood tools in fitness today. When used properly it is lethal for melting fat, building muscle, and rapid improvements in conditioning. Done incorrectly and it can result in injury. When using Kettlebells for fat loss, the first exercise to learn is “the Swing.” The swing is one of the best exercises for rapid fat loss and powerful development of the hips, and posterior chain (hamstrings, quads, and glutes). Here are the five most important cues for a perfect swing.


1. THE HIKE
2. THE HINGE

A kettlebell swing is not a squat with a front raise, it’s meant to be a hinge. A hinge is when you sit your hips back stretching your hamstrings. This loads up your hips and hamstrings to become like a bow ready to fire an arrow.
3. THE LOCK

At the top of a kettlebell swing you want full hip extension, knees locked, feet rooted into the ground, core tight, and glutes squeezed. The lock is important for generating full explosive power at the top part of the swing.
4. BREATHING

It’s important to learn how to breathe properly when you swing for maximum fat loss results and conditioning. When extending your hips and coming swiftly to an upright position (the Lock), powerfully exhale, as if you were blowing out candles. During the swing, when hinging down, inhale and fill your midsection with air by breathing in through your nose. Learning to breathe during the swing takes a lot of practice, which leads into our most important point when learning to swing.
5. REPETITION

The swing is a lift and should be treated like one. Be sure to practice. Learning a proper kettlebell swing cannot be learned quickly. Be patient and keep practicing and improving.

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