The Foundational Double Kettlebell Exercise

Do you know what the main exercise all your double kettlebell work should be based on?

You might think you know what it is.

I’m betting against you. 😉

Here’s a video that will show you and give you some tips on how to make yours even better.

The very end you might find controversial in light of what some are teaching. That’s OK. Try it out and let me know your thoughts…


Please feel free to leave your comments below.

16 comments… add one
  • Lauren Swanger Sep 1, 2011 @ 9:01

    Good video, although it was really difficult to hear. Both the sound on the video and the sound on my laptop were turned up to the max, and I could still barely hear it. Otherwise, good video.

  • John Riley Sep 1, 2011 @ 9:24

    Great video. Packing the shoulders immediately corrected a small pain I was having in my right knee. I assume that opening my hips helped my knee.

  • Dr. John Sullivan Sep 1, 2011 @ 10:00

    Hello Geoff,
    Great stuff but then again ALL your stuff is great.
    I have really been moving up to doubles however being only 5’6″ swings are really difficult as I have to really spread my legs too far to feel stable. In the double racked squat do you do a clean with each rep?
    Also the sound is not working. I would use a lapel mic. or something like that if I were you. Even with external speakers I could not hear you .

  • Tate Sep 1, 2011 @ 10:27

    I’ve been doing double bell squats for a couple of years now, and I got to say I completely agree with you…however, I disagree with the way you teach the rack position from the first video, but I don’t follow the “hardstyle” way either. Anyway, double bell squats are awesome!!!

  • steve Sep 1, 2011 @ 10:40

    Thanks Geoff, sounds like good stuff. I have been fighting an IT Band issue for a couple of months now with a variety of techniques and feel like I am ready to get back in the front squat game again, so this couldn’t have come out at a better time.

  • Hanelle Sep 1, 2011 @ 11:00

    Thanks for a great and informative video, Geoff! I think the tips will help me a great deal, especially the one about looking up really appealed to me – I tend to round my spine on the way down and then struggle to get up again, which makes my injured knee VERY unhappy.

    By the way, I live in South Africa and became friends with Marlise and Shaun Cairns after getting into kettlebells – they said you might me coming to SA next year? That would be awesome!

    Thanks again for a great blog!

  • don Sep 1, 2011 @ 11:04

    Awesome video as always… i love the double kettlebell information. I’m doing mostly double work now, and losing fat like a … well something that loses fat very easily 🙂 These are great and extremely informative videos. How about an indepth look at the double snatch? I know i’m walking a thin line with my technique on that one. Thanks very much for all the work you do to spread your knowledge!

  • Liz Gilinger, RKC Sep 1, 2011 @ 11:29

    Thanks Jeff, it is always great being reminded of correct form ~ we tend to get off course at times. I am just about to go over form and technique with my members as a review ~ I will bring this to my class this weekend to remind my clients.

    Hope you are and your family are well.


  • Mike Sep 1, 2011 @ 14:06

    Geoff……Great stuff yet again. You produce some top notch education for doubles exercises!

  • Russ Moon Sep 1, 2011 @ 14:50

    KM WK 10 M – I believe
    I am going into the Rack as per your direction.

    You are laying it down and I am picking it up.
    This is very helpful given KM involves plenty of Rack time and FSQ (snatching after that is evil).

  • Al Lyman Sep 1, 2011 @ 17:16

    Great video, Geoff. I love your speaking style, which is slow and steady, to ensure the listener can follow along and actually learns something. I’m going to give these a try! Keep up the great work! Thanks to Franz and Yoana for sharing!

  • Brian Sep 1, 2011 @ 20:35

    Really eye opening. Makes a huge difference.

  • Ryan Atkins HKC Sep 2, 2011 @ 0:58

    Thanks Geoff! Both of these videos have been very informative, and immediately applicable. Keep them coming!

    I also have a question, for either Dr. John Sullivan or you:

    I have a client who is quite short, so he does have to take a very wide stance for both single but especially double KB work. Should I have him clean and then shift his feet before squatting or pressing in order to line up between his hips/shoulders?

    Thank you!

  • Cindy (Sydney, Australia) Sep 2, 2011 @ 1:31

    Hey Geoff,
    Thanks for the very informative and thought provoking video and tips.
    I really love understanding things that i do and your explanation was great and will really make me think when i am doing any type of squat.
    i have a lot of scapular instability so these tips should really help me out.

    thanks so much and have a great day

  • Cole Summers RKC Sep 2, 2011 @ 4:36

    Great instruction Geoff! Thanks much.

  • Adrien Cotton Sep 3, 2011 @ 20:57

    Enjoyed the video a lot. Especially informative was the section on the shoulder and hip “sling”. Never thought of it this way. Pack the shoulders, opens the hips, aids in a deeper squat. Awesome.

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