The kettlebell statch is one of the most dynamic and exciting of all kettlebell exercises. This motion is derived from the traditional weight lifting exercise called the snatch. The snatch is a competitive olympic lift in which a weight, typically a straight bar with plates, is lifted with both arms from the ground to extended overhead with a single motion. To achieve maximum weights Olympic lifters develop extreme explosive power to generate a quick burst of upward momentum on the weight during the initial upward pull motion of the snatch, they then drop the center of gravity into a low squat and stand up under the weight with extended arms.
The kettlebell snatch is typically performed with a slightly different motion, but still provides a dynamic lift which develops power, explosiveness, coordination and balance. It is one of the best kettlebell exercises for many athletes and sports specific training routines.
Learning the Kettlebell Snatch
The kettlebell snatch can be one of the most fun and rewarding of all kettlebell exercises to learn. However, even if you have experience with traditional weight lifting, it is strongly encouraged that you learn all the prerequisite exercises before attempting the snatch.
Please master these exercises before trying to learn the kettlebell snatch:
Once you have mastered these, you can move on to this full article on Learning the Kettlebell Snatch.
Kettlebell Snatch Variations
The kettlebell snatch is one of my favorite kettlebell exercises for two main reasons. First it is challenging and explosive, which makes it a great training exercise for my favorite sports including football and basketball. Second, it is one of the most versatile exercises, there are literally dozens of variations and custom super sets that can be derived from this exercise. Check out this article on Kettlebell Swing Variations for videos of some of my favorite variations. Also check out these blow:
- Hard Style Kettlebell Snatch
- Girevoy Sport Kettlebell Snatch
- Double Kettlebell Snatch
- Alternating Double Kettlebell Snatch
- Walking Snatch
- Walking Snatch, Multi-directional