Updated: Aug 21, 2021
If you’ve been around the kettlebell world for any amount of time, you’ve probably noticed a sound that resembles something similar to that of a quick blast from an air compressor or a sprinkler system.
This noise that is produced during the kb swing isn’t an organic consequence of the swing, but a technique used to amplify the strength of your swing.
The basic idea behind this technique is using your breath to maximally tense your abs, as well as your obliques, in order to elevate the pressure in your midsection during exertion.
This powerful contraction of your respiratory muscles, along with the abs, can dramatically increase the force of your swing; making a 48 feel more like a 24!
To properly execute the power breath follow these steps:
1. When you are in your set up position, take a sharp inhale through the nose as you begin to hike the bell.
2. At the moment of extension, make a loud and forceful “SSSHHHHH!!” sound like you’re telling a classroom full of 6 year olds to be quiet!🤫
Note - You should feel your midsection tightening up as you make this sound. If you don’t, stand up straight, put your hands on your stomach and give a couple quick power breaths to feel your core activate.
3. During the downswing, take a sharp inhale through the nose and repeat the process.
When done properly, this technique can really increase the power of your swing and keep you safe!
Practice as often as you can to perfect the technique so you can take your swing game to the next level.
I hope this helps you out with your kettlebell training!