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What Does The Kettlebell Clean Work

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Danielle Fletcher
• Monday, 14 December, 2020
• 6 min read

The KettlebellClean takes the kettle bell from the floor and into the racked position, on the chest, in one fluid motion. From this racked position you can then: Press, Lunge, Squat, Clean again, Dance a jig or just rest.

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Activates most muscles in the body Can be very cardiovascular if repeated correctly Is great for fat loss due to all the muscles conditioned Develops strong and explosive hips for sports Has a great hormonal response if performed with a heavier kettle bell Can be used as a segue into so many other kettle bell exercises The KB Clean hits most of the muscles of the body making it a huge fat burning and strength building exercise.

The clean is based off the dead lift movement pattern so just like the Swing and Snatch it works heavily into the back of the body, posterior chain, making it a great counterbalance to all the sitting many of us do each day. It is that explosive little HIP SNAP that sends the kettle bell up and on its way to the chest.

Ensure the thumb is pointing backwards Load the rear of the body by driving from the heels Keep the bell close as if facing a wall Snap the hips and don’t use the arm Keep the abs tight and don’t lean backwards Rotate the arm around the bell and not the other way around The bell moves up and down in a vertical path Engage the Lat muscle by squeezing the armpit at the top of the move Keep it smooth and do not bang the arm If the kettle bell bruising your wrist then you need to buy a better kettle bell Stopping the kettle bell in the hang position takes away the muscles' elasticity energy and makes the exercise more challenging.

You can practice performing this one arm kettlebellclean by facing a wall to restrict the swinging or looping movement that often happens with beginners. Practice workout: progress to 60 seconds on each side before changing hands.

The natural progression on from the KB clean exercises is the single arm kettlebellclean and press. Make sure there is a natural pause between the kettle bell clean and the kettle bell overhead press.

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You can also use the kettle bell overhead push press or the slightly more complicated kettlebellclean and jerk from the racked position too. Kettle bell Bottoms Upholding Position kettle bell bottoms ups clean forces you to master good body alignment and accurate kettlebellclean technique.

The movement starts with the standard single arm hang clean but then the kettle bell is flipped upside down in the top position. The kettle bell clean, squat and press is a very demanding single arm kettle bell complex that gets a huge amount of muscle activation as well as cardio benefits in one set of movements.

As with the KB clean and press it is important to distinguish between the different exercises and not rush from one to the next making technical mistakes. Practice workout: progress to 60 seconds on each side before changing hands.

I really like the kettle bell single leg clean because it forces great technique naturally. The kettle bell single leg clean nicely connects the body’s natural sling system from hip to opposite shoulder, excellent for sports and more functional training.

If you have a weakness with the kettle bell in your left-hand then you may want to practice that same side for the single leg dead lift and also Turkish get up. It is important to keep the chest up as you lunge to avoid overusing the stabilizers in the lower back.

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The straight forward handles is recommended more for the beginner because it uses less rotation when taking the kettle bell up into the racked position on the chest. Here we take the double kettle bell power clean exercise and add a pressing movement.

Finally, you can have a real cardio blast by alternating cleans with two kettle bells. Women should start with a 8 kg or 12 kg (25lbs), although I have female clients that clean 16 kg and 20 kg (44lbs) kettle bells, as I mentioned the strength comes from the hips not the arms.

The Clean is an important full body kettle bell exercise that can be used by itself or as part of a more complex sequence. You should master the dead lift and swing before attempting the clean as they all come from the all important hip hinge.

Start with the basic hang or kettle bell dead clean above before progressing on to the more complex variations of the movement. The KettlebellClean hits most of the muscles of the body making it a huge fat burning and strength building exercise.

Most of the kettle bell exercises activate a lot of muscles simultaneously making it a huge fat burning way of working out. The one-arm kettlebellclean delivers many of the same benefits of the Olympic weightlifting clean, but is less technically demanding.

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Because you work one side at a time, the one-arm kettlebellclean trains you to resist rotation at the torso, which makes it an excellent core strength exercise. DurationFrequencyExercise TypeIntensityRepetitionsRest 30 second sup to 7x per week strength training steady, deliberate3-5 repetitions varies by workout Step 1: Place a kettle bell on the floor in front of you.

Your head, spine, and pelvis should form a straight line as you descend. Step 4: As you transition back into an upright stance, harness the momentum of the swing and make an uppercut motion with your right arm while keeping the kettle bell close to your body.

Step 5: Allow the kettle bell to rotate to the outside of your wrist and halt its upward movement at collarbone height to finish in the front rack position (forearm close to vertical, kettle bell under your chin) as smoothly as possible. Step 6: Reverse the motion by unraveling the kettle bell around the forearm, straightening your arm, and hiking the bell between your legs quickly to begin the next rep.

Two or three sets of 3–5 reps can help you better recruit musculature for a strength and power workout. Bringing the weight from the floor to the rack position sets you up for overhead presses, squats, lunges, and so on.

If you want to reap the full rewards of this effective kettle bell exercise, getting your form just right is vital. To help you master the mighty kettlebellclean, here is a practical guide for your reading pleasure.

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The kettlebellclean requires a great deal of control and composure, making it an excellent movement for boosting the core and conditioning muscle. Not only will this help you improve your kettle bell swing but it will also optimize your performance in other sports and activities.

Central power: The kettle bell clean serves to provide the hips more stability while giving the essential lower body muscle groups a pretty intense workout. In doing so, the kettle bell clean will boost your ability to generate power from your hips while making your legs much stronger.

Protection: As the kettle bell clean is such an effective joint and muscle conditioning exercise, featuring squatting and thrusting, performing frequent cleans will make you more flexible and supple, decreasing your chances of certain injuries as a result. As an impressive lower body, core, and back exercise, the kettlebellclean works a well-rounded mix of muscle groups in one swift movement.

These are the main muscle groups covered by this most iconic of kettle bell exercises: The kettle bell clean is incredible for fortifying the core while adding power to major lower back muscles, meaning you should make this movement a regular fixture of your workout sessions.

Push your feet into the floor as if you’re trying to make a dent and tense your lower-body muscles to give yourself the leverage you need to perform the movement efficiently. Gaining momentum: Bend your knees slightly and grasp the kettle bell with one hand, keeping a straight back.

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Pull the kettle bell back between your legs slightly with your thumb pointing backwards. The pull: Drive your hips forward and straighten your back more to initiate the upward and forward movement, keeping your kettle bell arm straight and your free arm extended out like a wing for balance.

The finale: As the kettle bell reaches bellybutton height, gently pull the kettle bell towards your body, rotating your hand so you finish in an upright position with the weight resting neatly on the back of your hand (this is referred to as the rack position). If you’re struggling with clean, you might want to reconsider your kettle bell weight choice, starting smaller and working your way up gradually.

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2 www.healthline.com - https://www.healthline.com/health/exercise-fitness/kettlebell-workout