In this video I will show you how to properly grip a kettlebell for swings so you don't damage your callouses.
1. Why you should grip it this way
2. What people usually do wrong
3. How to do it right
4. Please leave a comment if you have questions
One of the many benefits of kettlebell training, specifically swings, is that your grip strength improves with consistent practice.
Gripping the kettlebell incorrectly during swings can result in excess tension in your arms, pinched callouses and even torn callouses, which will result in you having to take time off from working out in order to heal.
There is a big difference between gripping the kettlebell for swings and deadlifts. In a deadlift you will tightly wrap your palm around the handle and squeeze it. However, in a swing you will just hook the kettlebell with your fingers, wrap your thumb around the handle and keep your hands fairly relaxed.
This hook grip should be centered in your fingers above your callouses. Keeping the handle off your callouses will spare them from being pinched or even torn and allow you to swing heavier bells for higher reps without destroying your hands.
Next time you go to swing a kettlebell pay attention to how you grip the handle.
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