Effects of 56-Kilogram Kettlebell Swing Endpoint on Total Body Mechanics

James A Ross, Justin W L Keogh, Christian Lorenzen, Jason Lake

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Ross, JA, Keogh, JWL, Lorenzen, C, and Lake, J. Effects of 56-kilogram kettlebell swing endpoint on total body mechanics. J Strength Cond Res 37(12): 2333-2338, 2023 - In the past 2 decades, kettlebell training popularity has increased and the range of kettlebells has expanded to 2-92 kg. However, commercially available kettlebells above 56 kg have 12 kg increments, so alternatives to load are required to provide a suitable way of increasing training stimulus until the athlete is strong enough for a load increase. This study aimed to determine the differences in the force plate-derived biomechanical characteristics of heavy kettlebell swings to 3 different heights, as altering the height of the kettlebell swing may be one way to alter the mechanical demands with the same kettlebell mass. Fifteen resistance-trained men performed the kettlebell swing to acromion process height (AH), acromion process height + 20% (AH+20), and acromion process height - 20% (AH-20). Swing height significantly affected vertical braking and propulsion phase net impulse and displacement, vertical braking velocity, and braking and propulsion work but not braking and propulsion duration. Altering kettlebell swing trajectory endpoint is a method to regress/progress the demands of kettlebell training. Coaches may be able to alter the acute demands and likely chronic adaptations of kettlebell training by prescribing different swing heights and kettlebell masses to their athletes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2333-2338
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Strength and Conditioning Research
Issue number12
Early online date6 Oct 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2023


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