Performance Based Comparison of Kettlebell Methods

...continued point of greatest load; this becomes problematic with heavier loads with regards to stabilizing the spine. Squeezing the handle tightly with the palm promotes crushing grip strength, but it diminishes grip endurance. The locked-out elbow requires control of the load by the arm at full extension.

In the fluid style, the trunk goes through a greater range of motion, yet not all the way to overextension of the hip. Neutral alignment is achieved and the head-trunk angle stays constant throughout the range of motion. Breathing matches the trunk movement, and exhaling at the point of greatest spinal load offers greater protection. The grip is firm yet loose, so that output can be sustained. The arm remains loose and slightly bent so that the load stays close to the body and closer to the base.

One manner of lifting is clearly more economical than the other. The rigid style is useful for caloric expenditure, but its mechanics don't allow for prolonged work periods. The fluid style adopts the mechanics that allow for greatest sustained output, which is the whole purpose of kettlebell lifting in the context of performance. This brings the focus of kettlebell lifting back to the basics.

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