The kettlebell snatch is the king of the kettlebell ballistic exercises. Itis one of the most difficult moves to get right and should only be attempted after mastery of the kettlebell high-pull. The lift basically involves lifting the Kettlebell from a Kettlebell swing to the overhead locked out position in one move.

The most challenging part of the kettlebell snatch is getting the punch through at the end of the move correct; so that you can position the kettlebell behind your wrist without banging and bruising it.

Teaching Points

  1. Begin the snatch by performing a one-arm swing.
  2. Use the ‘hip snap’ to get the arc of the kettlebell high, at the top of the arc continue to move the kettlebell up to a vertical arm position.
  3. Use the high pull action by bending the arm followed by a fast vertical punch upwards to fully straighten the arm.
  4. Use a fast, smooth action to catch the kettlebell at the top and prevent it from banging the forearm.
  5. Pause, looking forward with the arm straight next to ear and shoulder packed down.
  6. Fluidly lower the kettlebell so it drops down between the legs.
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