The kettlebell snatch, what a great move.
Do you know if there was only time and space enough to do one movement several times a week this would be a high contender.
Here is why:
– Epic cardiovascular hit
– A true test of mental fortitude
– Power, Strength, Endurance & Muscle is the consequence
– Nothing in the posterior chain gets missed
– Posture, core and grip strength are built
– It’s fun, plus you can get in some quality work in sub 5min
What is not to like about a movement that can do all of that in such a short space of time.
You will also find that depending on the style of technique used it can affect the results you get, commonly you will find two main styles.
– Hard Style – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUAqL8GJlcs
– Sport Style – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yODnAz_l1CY
The first will yield slightly more strength, the second more CV due to it being a movement of efficiency.
Personally I’d advise you utilise both.
If you have never done this before than I would suggest you hire a coach to teach you, someone from StrongFirst (or RKC) or an active Kettlebell Sport competitor would be my recommendations for a high quality of instructor.
For the sake of thought theory, let us say that you’re going to do the above movement because you life dictates that all you can do for a period of time, say 50 days straight.
Yes, I said 50 days straight.
How can you train everyday and not tear up your hands or injure yourself?
That’s easy, you wave the volume of each session along with the length and you may also do well to see each day as a practice rather than a ‘workout’ because people seem to link the latter word with killing themselves; this is not conducive to long term progress.
Here is how you can structure a short cycle of days that repeat.
Day 1 – Long Session, 45min, light bell, aim for 200+ reps
Day 2 – Short Intense practice – 5min, AMRAP
Day 3 – 30min session, heavy kettlebell ladders 1-2-3-4-5
Day 4 – Short Intense practice – 10min, AMRAP
Day 5 – 20min Session – medium weight/volume (tech work)
Also, don’t be afraid to have a session that consists of singles and perhaps doesn’t go beyond 25 reps each arm, it’s okay, technical sessions such as that allow a great amount of recovery while still keeping your body in the groove.
You don’t have to kill yourself each time you go in the gym, maybe once or twice a week going hell for leather is good, any more might not be conducive to long term health of performance.
Essentially you auto-regulate the training and go by feel.
Can you periodise it, yep, that will take some planning though and while that is my person approach some people don’t have the inclination to do such things. As such you’d do well to have a training diary and simply track what you’re doing.
Follow a Heavy-Light-Medium-LIght-Repeat approach.
Try the above for 50days, trust me, it will be worth it.