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Kettlebell Clean Technique: How to Create A Solid Foundation

Written by Chris Lopez
by: Chris Lopez, SFG Level 2 Kettlebell Instructor

In my last BodyweightCoach.com guest post, I showed you how the kettlebell clean and press differed when you used tension and thought of the bell as an extension of your body. And we compared that to what happens when there’s a lack of tension in your body, resulting in “disconnection” from the bell.

Today I’d like to show you a technique I’ve used with great success for both myself and my clients.


It’s based on the Kettlebell Clean. The focus is on your ability to create a strong foundation from which to press the kettlebell overhead.

You’ll often hear kettlebell enthusiasts say, “Your press will only be as good as your clean“.  And for very good reason.

Your strength and your ability to generate tension to press the kettlebell overhead is greatly reliant on your ability to create a stable enough base from which to press.

Although the appearance and purpose of a Clean is literally to get the kettlebell off the floor and into the rack position to press it, there’s so much more happening beneath the surface.

The Clean is the foundation from which you’ll generate force from the ground up through your lower body — which acts as a pillar — and finally into the press.

Check out today’s video and you’ll see what I mean:

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