August 29, 2016

Being a sports massage therapist, with my hands regularly doused in coconut oil, the skin on my palms is as soft as a unicorn’s scrotum. I have therefore had to pay particular attention to refining technique and building grip strength for ballistic kettlebell movements. I’d like to share the one, all-powerful drill that has helped me over the years. Contrary to popular belief, the main cause of skin damage during interval swings is not soft skin or bad technique, it’s a lack of grip strength / grip endurance.

The kettlebell clean and snatch require a higher level of skill and technique in order to keep the hand skin from tearing. However, the swing only requires the kettlebell handle to remain in one place. If the handle does not move against the...

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