FAT LOSS

7 TIPS TO KETTLEBELL SNATCH LIKE A PRO!

Snatches are one of the most complex kettlebell exercises there is. They also happen to be great at burning fat & melt 20 calories per minute. Hello! In this post, we're going to give you 7 simple & effective tips to kettlebell snatch like a pro! Watch this kettlebell snatch tutorial video, or read on...it's your guide to mastering the technique of this awesome KB move. We'll break down everything you need to know - starting from which kettlebells to use, how to fix common form mistakes, drills to practice & more.

1. WHICH KETTLEBELLS ARE BEST

  There's a ton of KB's on the market. We've tried many of them, but these are our favorite brands (list below) which are a great value & investment. The professional style is what we highly recommend for snatches & all other kettlebell exercises.

12kg Cast Iron KB http://amzn.to/2i3GZdE
16kg Cast Iron KB http://amzn.to/2gPu2Dc
12kg Pro Style KB (our favorite) http://amzn.to/2i3KxfX
16kg Pro Style KB (our favorite) http://amzn.to/2i3MTLI


2. KB SNATCH STANCE

  Start with your feet about shoulder width apart, then feel free to adjust them a bit wider if you prefer. As you can see in the video, Kelly likes to coach it with the 2 thumbs method. Both will work. The biggest mistake we see if folks going way too wide. This will limit your stability & decrease your hip power.

3. THE BACKSWING

  The backswing should look exactly like the backswing when your standard KB swings. Arm connected to the body, neutral spine,  bell high & tight to the inner upper thigh.

4. TRAGECTORY UP

  Keep the arm connected to the body all the way through until your hip is almost fully extended. Drive the kettlebell off you body with your hip power, then pull up & punch the bell up at the top. Snatch arm bicep should be in line with your ear, at the top. 

5. TRAGECTORY DOWN

   There are many techniques on this portion. We like to let the bell cascade - from over head to shoulder hight - with a slight twist in the wrist & let it descend close to your body. From there, immediately initiate your backswing.

6. WATCH & LEARN

  Watch us in the video here, and/or watch other master of the kettlebell snatch, to see how each of the form elements are practiced for optimum efficiency. Instead of focusing on all of the pieces, chose one to work on each day & use a lighter bell to practice it. It will not happen over night, but it will happen with repetition...enjoy the journey!

7. BEST DRILLS TO PRACTICE

  Swings - Master your swings with various weights & repetitions first. Since the kettlebell snatch is base on a solid swing foundation, without it, it's pointless, even harmful to attempt.

  High Pull - Swinging high pulls help with the second lift aka the "pulling" portion of the snatch. See the video for exact details on this one. It's a great way to feel what it's like to make the bell "weightless" before you punch it overhead. The swing to high pull drill works great!

  Dumbbell Snatch - What, dumbbells? Yes, I know this is a kettlebell snatch guide, but DB snatches are way simpler to master & are also super effective! They also burn up to 20 calories per minute & we utilize them often in bootcamp, too.

  Lighter Bells - It can be a bit humbling, but using a much lighter weight is always helpful, when learning new movements. We need to train smart, so be wise & start off light.

 

We'd love your feedback. Do you have any ideas for future blog posts? Are you new to snatches? Want to be coached by our team of certified personal trainers...come try a complimentary bootcamp session with us!

The kettlebell snatch is know as the best kettlebell exercises, because it burns about 20 calories per minute & how effective they are for fat loss & conditioning. Form is key, so feel free to come back to this post as you're progressing. Happy snatching!

~ Max

15 BEST TRX EXERCISES FOR ABS

These are the best TRX abs exercises for lean toned core! Sculpt your abdominals, lower abdomen & get a flat stomach with the 15 best suspension training exercises for abs. In this video, we're using the WOSS suspension trainer, but you can use the TRX, Olympic Rings, Jungle Gym, or any other trainers that you have access to. Here's a list of the moves to add into your trx ab workouts & the exact model we're using:

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1. Power Pull
2. Touch & Reach
3. Ab Rollouts
4. Plank
5. Plank Press Aways
6. Plank Saw
7. Pikes
8. Plank Knee Tuck
9. Side To Side Knee Tucks
10. Mountain Climbers
11. Cross Climbers
12. Side Plank
13. Side Plank Thrust
14. Side Plank & Reach
15. Scorpions

Oh yesss, those abs are already looking a little tighter & flatter for sure! Want to really get rid of belly fat? Come join us at Max's Best Bootcamp. We take the guesswork out of your fitness journey & all fitness levels are welcome. Simply click on the TRY FREE button below, to apply for your complimentary boot camp training session...

Which ones of these 15 TRX suspension trainer ab exercises will you add into your next core workout? Got questions about them, or ideas for future videos? Post them below in the comments section. We love your feedback :)

~ Max

HOW TO MAKE SWEET POTATO TOAST IN TOASTER (4 WAYS)

This is the easiest way to enjoy sweet potato bread without the guilt. Step-by-step guide on how to make sweet potato toast in your toaster. Totally gluten free recipes, grain free & paleo, vegan diet friendly too. First we'll make the sweet potato toast in toaster recipe, then we'll show you 4 simple delicious ways to top it. All healthy recipes & super easy! 2 savory recipes & 2 sweeter versions are shown, during this live streaming YouTube video broadacast. If you'd rather read on, instead of watching the video, here's what you'll need:

Sweet "Potatoast" (Base Recipe)

  • Only 1 ingredient! - 1 Large Sweet Potato 
  • Wash thoroughly & slice off the ends. Then slice length wise in 1/2 inch slices.
  • Toast slices in your toaster on HI power 3-4 times, depending on the strength of your toaster. 

4 Heathy Ways To Top Your Sweet Potato Toast Base Recipe

  • Cream Cheese & Cinnamon - We used Kite Hill's dairy-free version
  • Avocado, Lemon Juice, Basil
  • Peanut Butter & "Jelly" 
  • Hi Protein Chocolate Banana - 1 Tbsp of each (vanilla protein powder, unsweetened cocoa powder,  unsweetened almond milk). Top with banana slices. We used Max's Best Bootcamp Protein Powder, but you may use your fave brand.

Do you have any other ideas for toppings? We'd love to hear them! Also, if you're working on cleaning out  your diet & want to step up your fitness too...come join us for a complimentary bootcamp session! (Click TRY FREE button above to apply) Thanks for reading & have an awesome day!

~ Max

ULTIMATE KETTLEBELL WORKOUT ROUTINE 4

Want the best kettlebell workout for fat loss? Try this intense 12 minute HIIT routine! (PART 4) It includes strength, cardio and bodyweight exercises for an efficient total body blast. Created and demonstrated by Fat Loss Expert and Master Personal Trainer, Max Barry. 

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Set your interval timer for 50/10, perform 2 rounds of these 6 kettlebell exercises in this high intensity interval training work out for women and men to burn fat & melt calories:

1) KB Goblet Squats
2) Broad Jump/Reverse Crawl
3) KB Sumo Deadlift High Pull
4) KB Plank Pullthrough
5) Reachers
6) 4 x 4 Kettlebell Swings/Cross Mountain Climbers

You may perform this routine as is, or double it, making it a 24 minute total body blast!

Need help with you form? Need some extra motivation? Join us a bootcamp, if you live in the greater CT area. We've gotcha covered...just click TRY FREE below to apply today!

If your new to kettlebells, we recommend you learn the basics from a certified personal trainer near you. They're amazing, but the fundamentals are key to maximizing their benefits!
Who here remembers their first experience with the bells? It was love at first site for me :)

~ Max