Ask Stayfitcentral: What Are Alternating Kettlebell Swings?

Question:
After reading your review of First Place Kettlebells I decided to place an order and use them to build muscle and get into better shape. I am writing to first say thank you. They are of better quality than the kettbells I’ve used in the past. The handle don’t give my hands blisters and there’s no way they will ever become loose or break.

The other reason I’m writing is to ask an exercise question. So far I have been doing Kettlebell Swings with two hands on the handle. Someone told me to try alternating kettlebell swings for a new challenge. Do you know what they are and how they’re performed?

Thanks,

Tammy

Answer:
Hi Tammy,

First of all, I’m glad to hear we were able to help you with your purchase. Secondly, and to answer your question, yes I know how to perform alternating kettlebell swings. They are a great exercise which are more difficult than the regular kettle bell swings.

Below is a video to show how to properly perform this kettlebell exercise.

As you can see from the video, alternating swings are done by performing a regular kettle bell swing with one hand and then, when you reach the top of the movement you release the kettle bell and catch it with your other hand. This equals one repetition. Repeat this pattern for the desired number of repetitions.

You’ll find that this exercise really works your abs and lower back. Since you are doubling the total swings performed per set, the extra work required makes them a great conditioning exercise too.

I like to perform this exercise either before or instead of two-handed swings. Give them a try for yourself and let us know what you think.

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