A New (and Better) Way To Snatch

The kettlebell snatch is a pretty intimidating exercise.

But once you get it, holy crap, it’s pretty powerful – both in execution and the results you get from a steady & consistent dose of snatches.

This is why I based my ReCOMP Program around the kettlebell snatch.

The good thing is that there’s a new (and better) way to learn to how to snatch.

Back in mid-August my wife completed and achieved her StrongFirst Level 1 Certification in Montreal, Canada.

Over the weekend I was able to reconnect with some of my SFG colleagues and we got to nerd out a bit.

Jon Engum (he’s a big deal the in KB world) and I got to talking and he showed me some new stuff.

Turns out we can make the snatch transition a lot smoother (and less “wrist bang-y”) by just adjusting a couple of coaching cues and modifying a couple of drills…

…specifically how you SWING the kettlebell prior to getting it over your head.

I tried it myself and it completely made sense.

And then I filmed a series of videos showing this to a few newer 1-on-1 clients and it seemed to “click” a lot faster than the old way I taught it.

So I did you a solid and put those videos into a mini-workshop below.

Just a word of warning… this page is still pretty raw. I wanted to get it out to you fast, so there aren’t many bells & whistles.

I’ll be adding to the page as the days/weeks go by.

But the videos are pretty clear on how to do the drills and apply them to your training, so I know you’ll still get a lot out of them.

Step 1 – Aligning Your 1 Arm Swing

Step 2 – The “Curl” Swing

Step 3 – The “What Up” Swing

Step 4 – The Eleven/One O'Clock Spear to Twelve O'Clock Finish

This video explains how to NOT “bang” your wrists when you snatch.

10 comments… add one
  • MARSHALL LEE SHNIDER Oct 16, 2023 @ 13:14

    Great progression. I like the revision of the high swing, and can’t wait to try it. Thanks

  • Eileen Oct 16, 2023 @ 13:18

    Brilliant. Well explained,demonstrated and understood. Just what I needed. Thank you!

  • Helene Simonson Oct 16, 2023 @ 13:30

    Game changer! Can’t wait to practice when I get home from work. Thank you so much Chris for your wisdom and expert advice!

  • Peter Ransome Oct 16, 2023 @ 13:31

    What up Chris ;-), and thanks for this clarification.

    May we have a description of your thumb position at the bottom of the swing (or the grab point at the beginning)? It looks to me like 07h00 if you were to look down (and 09h00 as it comes up past horizontal.

  • Garrett McElfresh Oct 16, 2023 @ 15:47

    Very concise and functional instruction! Thank you.

  • John Bach Oct 17, 2023 @ 8:24

    Fantastically helpfully.thank you Chris.

  • Mark Elliott Oct 17, 2023 @ 19:12

    Awesome! Thank you Chris, this makes the snatch look much easier now.

  • Carlos Wood Oct 21, 2023 @ 11:57

    Loved it! Can’t wait to try this out.

  • Denny Oct 25, 2023 @ 1:37

    Chris didn’t you have a video that talked about rotating your grip counter clockwise as the KB goes back between your legs?
    That’s the way I’ve been doing it and it’s helped me throw the bell back further allowing me more snap in my hips when I bring the bell forward.
    In your video it looks like you keep your wrist the same (knuckles pointing forward) as the bell goes back. Just wondering. Thanks for these videos, they’re great!

  • Teagen Johnson Oct 27, 2023 @ 21:56

    Thanks Chris, I like how you put it into a complex to tie it all together. I appreciate the help.

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