How can you properly use a tool to its fullest capacity without a basic understanding of its parts? (Don't answer that 🤣.) During this first installation of Kettlebells 101, we'll work to establish some fundamental kettlebell knowledge. This foundation will include the 6 components of the kettlebell, its proper grip and carry positions, as well as the importance of internal and external shoulder rotation when performing single arm kettlebell maneuvers.(As an added bonus, I've added links to other articles at the end of this post that will touch on the history of kettlebell training as a sport and its training origins.)
The 6 components of the kettlebell.
Looking at the bell straight on you'd think the kettlebell is just it's handle and the bell itself but you'd be mistaken.In the video below I break down the 6 parts/ components of the kettlebell and why they matter as it pertains to maneuvering the the kettlebell during its more technical moves.
Proper Grip and Carry/ Rack Position
Now, we'll go over how to properly grip the kettlebell as well the proper carry position more accurately referred to as the "Kettlebell Rack Position".
I've added two videos here. The second video provides a better close up view of the rack position.
The Importance of Internal and External Shoulder Rotation
Lastly, let's go over how to create that beautiful smooth transition of the bell. Often referred to as the spiraling of the kettlebell. This smooth transition happens as a result of the internal and external rotation happening at the wrist and shoulder. This rotation prevents the bell from banging into the forearm and causing extreme discomfort at the wrist, forearm and shoulder.
You'll be swinging like a pro in no time !