Kettlebell Snatch

What is a Kettlebell Snatch?

The Kettlebell Snatch is a foundational kettlebell exercise that serves as a building block for kettlebell strength training. Unlike a rigid dumbbell, the ball-shaped weight has a single handle that makes it easier to create and control momentum and carry out three-dimensional movements.

How do you do a Kettlebell Snatch?

  • Step 1

    Start standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and the kettlebell a few inches away from your body on the floor. Hinge forward and grab the kettlebell with one arm.

  • Step 2

    Pick up the kettlebell and swing it through your legs.

  • Step 3

    Stand up, and as you raise the kettlebell, draw your elbow back towards your shoulder.

  • Step 4

    Flip the kettlebell over your wrist and extend your arm fully to meet your elbow next to your ear. Take one long swing from overhead to start the next repetition.

How do you modify a Kettlebell Snatch?

  • Kettlebell Snatch for Beginners

  • Advanced Kettlebell Snatch

What are the benefits of a Kettlebell Snatch?

  • Core Strength

  • Glute Strength

  • Shoulder Strength

Expert opinion

It is actually surprisingly easier to use a heavier weight.

If your weight is too light, it moves fast and crashes hard against your wrist, but a heavier weight rotates smoothly around your wrist with less impact.

Jason McWalter,MCW Health and Fitness in Seattle

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