~Written by Daniel (Paleo) Sonsini~
I was wanting to write about this for some time now because the question always comes up but my KB mentor Shawn Mozen (owner of Agatsu) wrote a great blog on it that I’ll share.
I met Shawn at my Level 1 and 2 Agatsu KB Certification coach’s course. He is the one who certified me. If you now anything about kettlebell’s you’ve heard of Agatsu and Shawn. Amazing coach, person, and he knows his s**t! Trained by the best.
We offer three KB classes a week at RCFP (Mondays @ 1:30pm; Tuesdays @ 7:30pm; Fridays @ 1:30pm). They are amazing classes and I love teaching them! If you haven’t tried it please do. You will love the workout you get from it. In these classes as well as in my masters classes we never do overhead aka American style swings. This movements takes away from what the swing is supposed to work and be about as the article will explain. CF has adapted the overhead swing strictly from a judging standpoint. It is easy to stand at the side of an athlete and see if the KB is directly overhead. If they bastardize the movement (which most do) it doesn’t matter, the judge is only looking for one thing, overhead or not? The functionality, safety, and efficiency is taken away from the swing when this happens. CF would be better suited to use KB snatches instead if they wanted an overhead KB movement.
The kettlebell is an amazing fitness tool when used properly. Don’t take away from a training tool that has been around for over 300 years.
If you would like to learn more about kettlebells, how to use them properly, use them to maximal efficiency, and see what amazing results they can get you send me an email and we can set some training sessions up! Daniel (Paleo) Sonsini
PS – I have a 30 day kettlebell swing challenge for anyone who is interested. Just post to comments.