On to Push Presses and again the experience of today’s group shone through! The key to the Push Press is achieving the correct rack and overhead positions so that the movement that links them together, the dip and drive, is as seamless as possible. With some minor modifications to position, and some extra work by some to break old habits, we soon had this down and were ready for a short workout of a couple of sets of 1 min per hand. By this stage it was starting to dawn on some that perhaps there was something to this kettlebell lifting thing,that it was a little harder than expected.
Lastly we covered the Half Snatch. As a combination of the different positions already learned today, bottom of the swing, rack, and overhead, it should come fairly easily. But there’s something about the timing of the hand insertion in the snatch that always presents a challenge. That’s why I prefer to teach the Half Snatch initially, you get the opportunity to learn the pull and insertion without the complications of the drop involved in the snatch. After 20 mins working on this with the swing + snatch drill we had a group of reasonably confident and competent kettlebell lifters who were just itching to take on their last challenge for the day..
A quick workout of: Cleans – 4 mins, Push Press – 4 mins, Half Snatch – 4 mins
These were done with 2 mins rest between sets and proved very testing for most. The ability to breathe, relax and alternate cycles of tension and relaxation is not easy but it’s one of the major benefits of kettlebell lifting. When you develop this ability you can learn to cope with all sorts of physical challenges, kettlebell lifting applies not just to kettlebell sport or crossfit type fitness, it applies to life.
Thanks to all who came along. If you could please provide feedback or a review below it would be much appreciated.
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