The Complete Guide to the Kettlebell Snatch

Updated: Jun 4, 2020

The Kettlebell Snatch is an iconic lift.

To be perfectly honest, it’s a non essential lift for many and it’s not a lift that features strongly in the programs I write for people.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend the time to get to know the lift.

In short, it’s the Kettlebell Swing’s big brother. And while we get most of the benefit of the lift from the swing, the Snatch does add in a lot more challenge.

But it’s also a technical beast.



in action.Must have been inspired by Matt Wiggins t-shirt logo. Posted by Dave Hedges on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

In order to get the most out of it, you need to spend the time getting to know it.

Before you use it for training purposes, take the time to practice it, and practice it a lot. Only when you’ve reached a decent technical standard should you start adding volume and eventually load.

So how do we get to know it?

If we’ve already dabbled in the lift, how do we make it better?

And what do I need to do to master the lift?

Well, I have the answer for you.

Here are links to each of the 6 parts of the Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial series I created a while back.

I dare you to find a more comprehensive tutorial series anywhere else on the internet.

Here’s the links:

part 1 Kettlbell Snatch Tutorial pt I

part 2 Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial pt II: Hand Insertions

part 3 Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial pt III: The Drop

part 4 Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial pt IV: Correct Breathing Patterns

part 5 Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial pt V: Foot Position & Bell Flight path

part 6 Kettlebell Snatch Tutorial pt VI: Double Kettlebell Snatch

That should keep you busy for a while!


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