Marty is performing a kettlebell swing. Notice a few things in the video:

  1. His arm is straight but the elbow is not locked out as this can cause stress or injury on the joint.
  2. His torso is back and the bell is forward (bobble-head). If the bell is behind him his torso is forward. Doing this allows the momentum to be used best for completing a swing.
  3. His back is straight and he leans away from the bell.
  4. He is looking forward. He is not looking upwards or downwards as this will throw off his balance and reduce the posture and the swing.
  5. His arm is placed alongside his torso. If his arm is too far away from his torso the energy produced from the swing is minimal.
  6. If the arm is too far away from the torso he will not be able to control the bell as well.
  7. He uses controlled movement to get a proper swing.

Marty Farrell stands 5’11” tall and weighs just 156 lbs but he is our country’s top kettlebell lifter. To gain the title meant hoisting two 70-pound kettlebells over his head in a test of strength and endurance as many times as he could without stopping in a 10-minute window. Marty did this 88 times. Marty has taught and certified hundreds of people and is one the most respected Kettlebell Sport lifters in America. Marty Farrell (1)Apart from being the first American Male to achieve the Rank of Master of Sport (MS) in Kettlebell Sport with the World Kettlebell Club (WKC). Marty has also been trained by two of the World’s Leading Kettlebell Sport Organizations and has even traveled internationally to learn from top Kettlebell Sport Coaches. Marty is also an active International Kettlebell Sport Athlete with many years of experience both on and off the platform. Marty has also worked with the Navy Seal Combative Instructor’s and many more organizations. He serves to help others build up their mental fortitude, get fit and through following some of his training advice gain a strong survival attitude. Kettlebell Lifter is the First US Master of Sport in all kettlebell events (Biathlon and Long Cycle) and currently holds best Coefficient in Biathlon in 24 kg and 32kg in North America.

By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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