Pro Tip: How to Hike a Kettlebell into Your First Swing
Video by Michele Vieux

In order to avoid having to pendulum your kettlebell into its first full swing, try this hiking technique instead so you can move straight into your first rep.

Set the kettlebell in front of you, just within reach.

Hinge at the hip and keep your chest up while you reach for the kettlebell.

Pull the kettlebell back between your legs to use momentum to start your first swing.

Happy swinging!

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Nice M… I’m a long-time fan of the hike because it sets us up to load the backside more easily. Something to add to the mix (and you do it right before the KB leaves the ground) is tilting the handles back toward you so that they’re aligned with your forearms. I like to take a moment in my set-up to do this and try and break the handle to better engage the lats. Hugs

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I will definitely try this in my next KB swing workout. Thanks Michele. 🙂