Building Technique for Snatch: 3 Points for Basic Swings

Posted by Kettlebell Kings on 22nd Aug 2018

Part 1: 

The Snatch appears to be a deceptively simple lift, but as you improve your technique you’ll discover many aspects to this lift that are important to enhancing your results.

In this post we’ll go through 3 foundational elements of the Single Arm Swing in preparation for the Upswing of the Snatch:

Connect wrist to uppermost inner thigh. It’s imperative that the wrist connect to the ‘crotch’ on the backswing in order to control the bell’s momentum and reduce excess load to the spinal muscles.

Wait for the bell to drop. Beginning lifters often flex over too soon in an attempt to allow the bell to fall. This error creates a gap between the arm and the trunk, increasing the tension on the back muscles and the grip. Instead, wait until the upper arm is in full contact with the trunk and then follow the bell into its backswing.

Exhale on the backswing, inhale on the upswing. As counterintuitive as it seems, this breathing pattern works for KB Sport Snatch as it allows an emptying of breath as you relax into the backswing.

Bio

Lorna Kleidman:

4-time World Champion in Kettlebell Sport

5 Master of Sport Int’l Class

5 Master of Sport

World Record in 16kg Snatch

Veteran’s World Records in 24kg Snatch

National record in 24kg Snatch

World Record 12kg Snatch Extreme Marathon

IKSFA, WKC, AKA Certified Coach

Lorna is one of longest-reigning competitive lifters in the US & best female Veteran in Snatch worldwide.

Lorna’s a Certified Personal Trainer, sport coach, author, and former massage therapist in private practice with a Bachelors in Sports and Health Science. Founder of KettleX® and SPRY® Method Fitness and Education.

Lorna has presented her courses at SCW Manias, ECA Conferences as well as JCC and Canyon Ranch locations.

Lorna lives in Manhattan with her husband.

LornaFitness@gmail.com