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Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial Part I



Welcome to the first in a series of posts covering the Kettlebell Snatch.

(Links to the rest: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 and Part 6)

The Snatch is a incredibly deceptive lift. Initially it seems fairly simple, but as you get into it you will find it like the rabbit hole from Alice in Wonderland, it just gets deeper and deeper. It is a lift that requires hard work but rewards technical precision. To get the most out of it you must demonstrate patience and persistence. Failure to delve into this rabbit hole of technical mastery will lead to frustration, lost skin and potential injury.

So in this series of articles, each with video presentations I’ll offer insights and technical corrections that you can add into your training to get the most out of this incredible lift.

Before we begin, you should not be snatching until you have your swing dialled in tight. If in doubt, check out these tutorials on the Kettlebell Swing. I’d also advise reviewing the Kettlebell Clean tutorials because the hand insertion on the clean is the same as on the snatch.

So now you’ve done that and you’re swinging and cleaning with proficiency, lets have a crack at the Snatch.

In this first video we go over the basics, what I refer to as the “rough snatch” and how we tidy it up to minimise the potential damage to the hands and wrist. The clip is a bit blurry, it seems my kids have been messing with the camera when I wasn’t watching!

Here’s the first clip:

Next week we’ll go into refining the hand transition and also the drop, two areas that most people struggle with.


Dave Hedges

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