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    baederp is offline Member
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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    The following article argues the benefits of the American Swing verses the Russian Swing, http://www.crossfit.com/journal/library/25_04_kettlebell_swing.pdf.

    I am of the ETK school of thought with my training, so I have been doing the Russian Swing since I began training a couple of months ago. I am curious of the benefits that the Russian Swing may have over the American Swing.

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    Mike Johnson, RKC is offline Senior Member
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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    It doesn't have to be a one vs. the other. Use them both. Overhead swings engage more of the musculature of the upper back, more muscle used more energy demanded. The down side is when you're trying to learn swings and use the overhead version I've seem many people, including myself at one point, rely too much on their upper backs to do the work instead of their hips. When I focused on just swinging to hip or chest level (thanks Rob Lawrence) I was able to nail down the hip snap. I've found this helpful with my clients as well.

    If you have the basic swing down pat then go ahead and swing higher. When you're starting with a heavier bell swing lower until you are strong with that bell and have maximum hip drive.

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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    I just saw it. Reguardless of what type of swing you do, please do not lock you knees out, and tuck your chin like the girl in the pic did. Also she looks like she should extned the hips alittle more a the top I saw very little tenison being applied on the glutes. I hate it! Go Russia! Buy Brett Jones and Gray Cooks DVD...off the hook!

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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    The point that's been raised by others here is that if you are going to go overhead, do snatches. I think it makes sense.

    JMOYMMV

    Will

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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    A cool video, thanks for posting, Com. Jason!

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    Fireman Tom is offline Senior Member
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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    Read my posted comment at the end of the article posted.

    IMO, do either or both, but do them safely. Don't turn your low back into the fulcrum, and build up slowly to whatever version you do.

    Train smart, not just hard (headed).

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    Mike Eash is offline Junior Member
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    Default Russian vs. American swings

    It is briefly discussed in "The Russian Kettlebell Challenge" on page 62.

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