Kettlebell Swings – One of the Best Exercises you can do AND it’s all in the Hips
Learn how to nail perfect kettlebell swings every time with our 4 easy steps and get shredded.
Kettlebell swings are one of the best exercises you can do.
But sorry, arms—it’s not about you… Even though they’re important in the movement, they should be relaxed, not controlling or lifting the bell as you swing it into the air. Instead, there’s only one part of your body that should be the star of the show in this movement—your hips.
When you do kettlebell swings correctly, you’re guaranteed a killer workout.
“The kettlebell swing is an essential foundational movement that translates to just about every single activity a person does, from standing and walking to running and jumping. For the more advanced athlete, the swing develops power and explosiveness essential for speed, jumping, acceleration and more,” says Matt Veigl, head trainer at EverybodyFights in Lexington, Kentucky.
“Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced athlete, it’s a tremendous tool to use to enhance performance and overall ability.”
Unfortunately, your arms aren’t going to help you see any of these perks. It’s an explosive movement, and if you’re not giving all the power to your lower body and mastering the hip hinge correctly, you could be doing more harm than good. Including hurting your lower back—a common injury that can occur from one too many incorrect swings.
Here’s how to make sure you’re putting your hips into it—not your arms.
1. Keep the kettlebell close to your body during the backward portion of the movement.
3. Don’t forget to use your core.
We have kettlebells in a number of weights in our Local Christchurch Gym to suit your weight training needs. Come in and check out our facilities and take one for a spin. Not sure if you are doing it right? ask one of our friendly PT’s to check your form.