Kettlebell Swings vs Cleans???

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning Discussion' started by ben236, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. ben236

    ben236 Silver Belt

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    I hate cleans... I can do them decently, but if I lift too much weight my form goes to shit.

    That being said, I've recently been doing Kettlebell swings and have been getting a very good workout from them, and I find that they work the same muscle groups as cleans do.

    Also, I'm very big on squats, deadlifts and snatches.
    So, that being said, are Kettlebell swings a decent substitute to cleans???

    If not, please tell me why.


    Thanks
     
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  2. Tosa

    Tosa Red Belt

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    Whoever heard of a 1rm swing? Or swings at 80% for 5 sets of 3? The point is even if they have some technical similarities, they're programmed differently.
     
  3. RyanR

    RyanR Black Belt

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    If you already have the kettlebells available I say go ahead.

    They're good for assistance work, but are expensive as fuck.
     
  4. ben236

    ben236 Silver Belt

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    The gym I go to has them... $$$ is not an issue
     
  5. milano

    milano I am the Walrus

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    If you think KB swings are a replacement for cleans then you are doing cleans wrong.

    Cleans aren't meant to be done for high reps. The whole point of a clean is to develop power and explosiveness (heavy singles and doubles most of the time). If you are doing them for high reps then go ahead and replace them with KB swings as it's a much simpler exercise.
     
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  6. grrthetree

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    Kettlebell swings aren't as form-dependent or power generating, they are used more often as a conditioning exercise. They aren't replacements, but if you don't want to do cleans, then don't. You aren't a pro athlete so theres no need to do shit you hate.
     

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