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    jje81 is offline Junior Member
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    Default KB Swing form check

    Hi,

    Looking to make HKC in 2018 (was an HKC in 2010 and RKC in 2011 but skills have diminished). Depending on the day, a 1-way commute to or from work could take 1h 45 min. Getting better at the swing is important due to all the sitting. Time is also important because I have 2 kids under 4. I train swing variations on MWF and TGUs on T/Th. I try and train abs on the swing days and upper back/band face pulls on the TGU days. Trying not to let my body succumb to the effects of all the sitting.

    Initial impressions of watching: I feel I do a poor job of engaging abs on top and not leaning back. Head/neck position could be a bit straighter or more upright.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=84ITEIQpbW8

    I have also read The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge and looked through my old manuals.

    Thank you for any help.

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    I am not a trainer so take this w/ grain of salt...Looks pretty good to me with two suggestions. 1st is, remember that top of swing is a standing plank. Do that with out the bell, "just assume the position" including with your arms straight out in front at 90 degrees or so and feel your way into it. Really lock it down tight! Hold a few seconds, relax, repeat, two or three times then hinge down and start swinging. The other thing I noticed is that it looks like you are sort of bending arms at elbows through the bottom on the way up, as if pulling with your arms a bit. The arms should be relaxed like rope with only your grip tight but just tight enough to hold onto the bell and not a death grip. I think Pat Flynn has done some really fine instruction demo videos on youtube

    https://www.youtube.com/user/supmuhh...y=swing+basics

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    jje81 is offline Junior Member
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    Thank you. I have been working on the Hardstyle plank, but will have to put more mental effort into bracing for a punch at the top. I thought about my arms bending after I made the form check request. I know the cues are to tense the triceps and make the arms long so I have to put more effort into that as well. Thanks again- always helps to have additional eyes.

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    GeoffreyLevens is offline Senior Member
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    Yes, 4 eyes are better than two. Or if you've seen VIKINGS TV series, "3 eyes are better than one"

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