Mountain Bike Exercise Highlight: The Kettlebell Snatch

While the kettlebell swing remains one of my favorite power exercises for mountain biking, the kettlebell snatch is right up there as well. In fact, since you have to power it all the way up over your head it actually takes more power to perform a KB snatch when compared to a KB swing using the same weight.

This overhead catch position is also great for building strong, stable shoulders as well, giving you a better overall body workout in the process. However, the KB snatch isn’t just a big swing – it requires a specific 3 part upper body technique to execute properly.

In this video I show you how to perform a proper KB snatch using that 3 part technique. I also share some coaching cues and tips to help you get even more out of this great exercise.

-James Wilson-

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  1. John Green says:

    Hi James,
    You mentioned the KB swing as one of your favorite exercises for mountain biking. Was wondering how you compare that to the steel club swings that put you in a more bike friendly position and allow you to change up your stance? Do you thing the steel club swings are superior for our sport?

    Reply • May 31 at 5:41 pm
  2. Charles Calhoun says:

    Hey James I have a pair if you catalyst pedals and have been riding them for several years now. How do I know when it’s time to rebuild them? Should I replace spendals along with the bearings Everytime? Any special tools needed?

    Reply • June 1 at 8:27 am
    • bikejames bikejames says:

      You should be able to start to tell when they need a rebuild, the bearing will start to feel crunchy when you spin them. Some people like to rebuild them every year just as preventative maintenance but I usually just do it when they feel like they need it.

      You do need a thin walled socket to reach the nut on the axle, which is pretty common but might not be something you have on hand but can get at most hardware stores. If you send an email to they can get you some videos and info we have on rebuilding them.

      Reply • June 3 at 10:44 am

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