Hips. We use them for nearly everything in CrossFit: Squats, Deadlifts, Good Mornings and RDLs, Box Jumps, Broad Jumps, Kipping Pull-Ups and Muscle-Ups, Thrusters and Wall Balls, Cleans, Snatches, and, of course, Kettlebell Swings.
It’s that dynamic snap of your hips that moves the kettlebell in the swing, creating enough momentum to carry the weight in a nice clean arc up and above your head. Slow, deep squatting movements won’t get you there; your hips must impart enough velocity to drive the weight up.
Just to show you what we mean, KB Swings were included in Thursday night’s programming, along with some push-ups, pull-ups, and burpees.
Afterwards, we reviewed a few key points to the KB Swing:
– Use your hips to drive the kettlebell, not your arms or shoulders;
– Keep your weight on your heels;
– Maintain a tight core;
– Don’t let the kettlebell pull your shoulders down (pic @ Lf) – instead, keep your chest up and shoulders blades pulled back (pic @ Rt);
After a short KB review, it was time to see how everyone’s grip was doing.
DB weight was RX’d at a combined total of half body weight (so, a 100lb person would’ve taken two 25lb DBs).
Great work everyone. Allergy seasons is definitely here, so please be sure you’re taking care of yourself. See you all on Sunday.
Allergy season sucks my ass!!!
Had a good workout in class! I grouped up with Sara. Her pull-ups were looking really good and really easy. I was jealous. I only did 4 rounds of the workout, and each round whatever I missed in pull-ups I did extra in burpees. Having not done pull-ups in so long, the hands were a little sensitive. I also skipped the swings. Still got my ass kicked.
still having class on sunday?
yes, we will still have both classes on Sunday (Elements @ 9am & regular class at 10am). FYI, however, for all Balance members: the gym will be closing at 2pm on Sunday.
MORE INSTRUCTIONAL PHOTOS PLEASE.
I think I have high doses of Benadryl circulating in my system b/c the pollen hasn’t been bothering me nearly as much as last year. And I read “I grouped up with Sara” as “I groped up with Sara.” Confused but intrigued I was.
250m walk = out the back, up to California and thru the front door?
that’s correct on the 250m, although we actually had everyone head out the side-gym door (beside the laundry room) and then down the outside wall of the gym to the back stairs.
Charles Barkley is doing WOD 11.5 from the Open today… epic.
@Steph – even after being out for so long your pull-ups haven’t lost anything. Maybe your hands are more tender but the pull-ups are just as strong.
This was a fun workout great to have only about 8 minutes of work. I had a really hard time keeping old of the towels on the Farmers walk but had no other choice but to use them… My hand’s couldn’t handle anymore.
I was a big fan of Charles Barkley as a kid.
just in case anyone missed Sir Charles’ commitment to CrossFit on live TV:
Can’t wait to see how 11.5 treated him – probably turrible…