Over the years in the kettlebell community, this has been an endless controversy.
Everyone likes to claim that what they do is the best way to do things. I guess it’s human nature to say so.
But the fact is that, more often than not, there are multiple ways to skin a cat; it just depends on WHY you’re skinning the cat in the first place.
Why would you skin a cat anyway? Sorry, getting lost in cat-skinning tangents. We were talking about kettlebells…
Paul over at Personal Trainers London asked me for a quote on an article he was working on, which I gladly provided. Then he showed me the article he was working on. It very well talks about the differences in technique and benefits of different ways of lifting kettlebells in exercises like the swing and snatch. The article covers Hardstyle. It covers Girevoy sport, or softstyle. It even talks about Crossfit and kettlebell juggling.
In my opinion, if you want to be good at kettlebells (and this applies to so much else too), then you owe it to yourself to work with the different styles.
I personally learned hardstyle and GS. Then I adapted what was useful from each technique in going for 300 snatches in ten minutes with the 24kg
(53lb) bell. The same principle is true of my current goal of 100 snatches in ten minutes with the 48kg (106lb). Just the application has changed.
For a long time, I thought the Crossfit American swing was just a load of B.S. But then I found out it had a good application too.
A time and place for everything.
If you want to learn kettlebell juggling (which is one of the most fun forms of training ever in my humble opinion), I created the most comprehensive course ever on the subject, The Definitive Guide to Kettlebell Juggling 2.0.