Grip It: Coaching Cues for Stronger Kettlebell Lifts

One of the best reasons to use kettlebells is that they tie the entire body together. They do this by engaging the core, hip, and shoulder stabilizers as well as utilizing grip.


The body works in an inside-out fashion. In other words, we engage inner core musculature first and then use the peripheral local muscles, such as the arms or legs, to finish the actions. Our grip attaches us to the action. But did you know how you grip impacts what muscles are used? The reason lies within our fascial lines.

Andrew Read is like that old guy in the Rocky movies - he has a funny accent, hates everyone, and no one ever knows if he's happy or sad. But just like Mickey, he knows training. Even back in grade school his teachers would complain he was spending too much time reading bodybuilding magazines or trying new exercises in the gym. These days nothing has changed and even after a lifetime of competitive martial arts and some time spent in special forces he still maintains that same passion for...Read more