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Russian or American... Again!

Yes... we've been here before and I'm sure we'll be here again.  The controversy behind the Russian and American Swing will continue until a movement standard is learned and taught across the board.  The RKC community will tout the superiority of the Russian Swing and the CrossFit Community will rail against it.  That's fine - but the CrossFitters need to get their own house in order when it comes to teaching and executing this technique.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: the American Swing is NOT a swing but a High Pull to overhead extension.  There have only been a handful of CrossFit athletes that I seen execute this correctly - the remainder are doing a Russian Swing overhead.  This is going to be unsafe in the near and far term to the athletes shoulders, neck and upper spine.  But a clue folks - keep the kettlebell close to the body and punch through to the overhead position.  You shouldn't be trying to decelerate the kettlebell with your hands or shoulders.

Check out this article and the following video and you'll understand my rant...

 

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