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Don Stevenson
06-17-2010, 09:10 PM
Before I got involved in Olympic lifting and then Strongman most of my training was done with kettlebells and even to this day I use kettlebells with most of my clients as well as teaching a large number of workshops and courses each year.

However, my own personal use of kettlebells has slipped over the last couple of years and with some new DVDs to shoot that require me to drop a bit of weight and in need of a bit more GPP/conditioning for strongman comps I thought it might be time to dust of the heavier KBs in my collection and do a bit of work with them.

Current plan is to take a run at the "Ultimate Snatch Test" (10 min with the 32) in a months time and see if I can crack the top 10 list over at www.fitnessyoucanuse.com

I did a test the other day and without pushing it managed 10 sets of 10 in 10:00 for a total of 100 reps.

To get top 10 will require 155 which i think is achievable.

Training plan is to do some snatches each morning and then do regular gym training in the afternoons.

Grissim Connery
06-17-2010, 09:39 PM
I've actually just started working on 10min of snatch as well since I don't really have a gym this summer, and I just got new KBs.

I'm just rocking the 24kg right now though. i'll try the manly weight later.

i'm interested to see how it turns out for you. are you gonna work on jerk tests and/or long-cycle as well?

Don Stevenson
06-18-2010, 05:06 AM
For the moment I'm just going to do the snatch for conditioning. If i was going to do C+P i'd be more inclined to do it with a log or axle for strongman.

I'm working a 4 workout cycle at the moment

Based on a current 10 reps / min for 10:00

2 x 5:00 intervals holding 12rpm

3 x 2:00 intervals - flat our sprints for max reps

1 x 7:00 holding 11rpm

3 x 3:00 holding 13 rpm

After successfully completing the cycle I'll add one rep per minute to each workout.

Allen Yeh
06-18-2010, 05:31 AM
Best of luck with the 155 thing! That sounds like an awful lot of reps using a 32kg!

The KB snatch has always just sucked for me. I've never been able to do high rep sets. I've watched countless vids online to try to refine my technique...no luck.

David Boyle
06-18-2010, 03:42 PM
Best of luck with the 155 thing! That sounds like an awful lot of reps using a 32kg!

The KB snatch has always just sucked for me. I've never been able to do high rep sets. I've watched countless vids online to try to refine my technique...no luck.

It's all rhythm man. Once you get your breathing down w/ the technique it get's a lot easier.

I've gotten a lot of help from both Steve Cotter and Pavel's method.

This video the most impressive UST imo. Mainly because he does the test w/ a "powermax" bell..(same 32kg I have)

The handles on these bells are murder for grip...DragonDoor, Ader, and Apollo bells are alot easier on the hands...how he does it is nothing short of impressive imo.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ckm90ogN90w

Gary Ohm
06-19-2010, 12:40 PM
Wow!!! Good luck with the test.

I do snatches with my DD 53's, but my 70's are mainly swing and C/P fodder. I bought 70# bodysolid bells that have HUGE handles. They are murder on my grip.

Don Stevenson
06-20-2010, 04:55 PM
The handle on my 32kg KB is fairly thick and a bit lumpy but not too rough.

When i start pushing the reps toward the end i might borrow a comp bell from my friends gym but for the moment I want to work my grip a bit as well.

I am also contemplating doing the snatch test with a 40kg KB after i've finished with the 32 :D

Mark Fenner
06-21-2010, 06:36 AM
Here's my question on KB snatch form: how do you lower the bell. For me, I do a partial reverse press (It doesn't come to the rack nor even to the shoulder. I drop to about upper-arm parallel to ground) and then start my down swing (attacking the zipper). Is that acceptable for competition KB snatches?

Best,
Mark

Gary Ohm
06-21-2010, 08:46 AM
I am also contemplating doing the snatch test with a 40kg KB after i've finished with the 32 :D

YIKES!!!:eek: If you can make a video I'd love to see it.

David Boyle
06-21-2010, 05:33 PM
Here's my question on KB snatch form: how do you lower the bell. For me, I do a partial reverse press (It doesn't come to the rack nor even to the shoulder. I drop to about upper-arm parallel to ground) and then start my down swing (attacking the zipper). Is that acceptable for competition KB snatches?

Best,
Mark

yea that is good.

As long as it comes down in a clean manner w/o any support its good to go.

Don Stevenson
06-21-2010, 06:55 PM
My snatch technique for longer slower sets tends to be more GS style with the corkscrew and a fairly close to the body drop.

Toward the end of a timed interval when i'm trying to squeeze out a few more reps or when i'm doing sets at max speed my techniques tends to revert to more of a "hard style" with a straight flip over the wrist.

I'm taking videos of some of my training sessions and will post up some footage for comparison over the next week or so.

I'minterested to see how training with the 32 affects my performance with both the 24 and the 40. At the moment I can comfortably snatch the 40 for sets of about 8 on each arm but i've never tried to do more than 3 - 4 sets as part of a workout and certainly never timed like a SSST.

The 24 I basically never snatch for reps so it will be interresting to see the carryover from the heavier weight.