Welcome back to Part 7 of our 10-part series on Optimizing The Hardstyle Kettlebell Swing!
Last week we gave you 2 cues you can use to help fine tune the timing of your swing:
Playing chicken with the bell.
Imagining strips of velcro between your upper arms and rib cage.
With both the idea being to maintain a tall, tight lockout until the bell travels back down to you, at which point you quickly hinge back and drive your feet into the floor for another rep.
The timing of your swing will greatly determine whether you’re able to safely develop strength with the swing or over time develop patterns that lead to aches and pains.
Today, we’re giving you another tool you can use to not only squeeze more strength out of your swing, but also help you prevent injuries and poor habits; your breath.
In the world of kettlebell training you’ll use your breath in a variety of ways, sometimes to relax the body and other times to maximize tension throughout the body.
Learning to use your breath to maximize tension is a skill that must be practiced early and often in order to reap its benefits.
It’s also important to note that properly using your breath in the swing is indeed a skill and will take time to practice and acquire.
However when you acquire such skills, you’ll find your swing and strength soar to new heights.