How to Do a Kettlebell Swing

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The kettlebell is a weight with a handle for swinging exercises that work the whole body. Master a basic move, the kettlebell swing, with instruction from a personal trainer and former pro football player in this free video on the kettlebell swing.

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Hi, this is Luke from Leaf Wellness Center in Santa Monica, California. Today, we're going to be discussing how to do a kettlebell swing. To start, you want your feet to be shoulder-width apart with your feet pointed straight ahead. Next, as you come down to grab the kettlebell with two hands, make sure that your knees are not going forward and that the weight is on your heels. Also pay attention to how flat my back is. You want to make sure that this is a hip exercise, and not a back exercise by doing that. Since this is is the only time in the exercise that you'll actually really activate your shoulders and arms, by throwing the kettlebell behind you. After that, it's all a hip dominant exercise and it's done by extending and thrusting the hips forward. That being said, you don't want the swing to go past your shoulder height, because then you would know that it's a shoulder exercise instead of a hip exercise. In terms of your arms, it's OK to have your arms being flexed straight ahead or perfectly acceptable to keep your elbows against your body and have the kettlebell come up at this angle. I'm Luke from Leaf Wellness Center, and that's a kettlebell swing.

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