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The Kettlebell High Pull

There is a technique, along with the Kettlebell Thruster, that should be in the arsenal of anyone training with Kettlebells.  That technique is the Kettlebell High Pull (KHP).

When I attended the RKC sixteen (16) years ago the KHP was part of the (extensive) curriculum we were exposed to. In recent years it has been dropped from the RKC curriculum but it hasn't been forgotten by those of us who are on the front lines of training athletes.

Why is the KHP a forgotten technique? It could be that a number of years a group of Kettlebell "experts" deemed it dangerous to the shoulder and panned it. If they were truly "experts" they would have recognized immediately that it was not only perfectly safe for the shoulders (when properly coached) but it was an important tool in building confidence and skill with the trajectory aligned with the Clean and Snatch.

Irregardless of what the "experts" say about it, the KHP is an important tool our Kettlebell arsenal. It is dissimilar enough to the Kettlebell Swing that it requires additional coaching and cueing - but the effort is well worth it. The KHP has a more compressed recycle rate and requires a much more "tight" trajectory than the Kettlebell Swing... and that is why it is so valuable.


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