Kettlebell swings, and Jefferson curls, and single-leg deadlifts, oh my! In my last post, we talked all about hip hinging and the deadlift, and how they are integral exercises not just for the development of the artistic athlete, but for functional movement in day-to-day life. Here, let’s go through some common variations on a deadlift, their how-tos and whys, and where they can benefit you in a strength program. My friend and fellow athletic therapist Eric Richard, out in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is going to tackle the last one of these for us. Let’s get into it! Kettlebell Swings Really, I could write an entire post just on kettlebell swings, but we’ll go through the basics here. Kettlebell swings utilize the same hinging motion as the deadlift, however, the focus is more on explosive power through the hips, while requiring dynamic stability at the shoulders, and solid grip strength. Sound like anything familiar? In a traditional kettle...
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