Achieve Pain-free Cleans

The Kettlebell clean is an important and challenging movement that seems to take longer to refine than any other kettlebell movement that I teach. 

Over time, I have developed some cues that help my students land the kettlebell more smoothly.

The end goal is avoid the thump on the forearm and wrist upon receiving the kettlebell in the racked position.

Read my post about the clean on Dragon Door here.

Special thanks to MoveStrong Kettlebells member Jayme Mattimore for her willingness to demonstrate her technique in the video.


After morning classes today, the day before Thanksgiving, I was overwhelmed with gratitude.

Grateful for so many things in my life ... my faith, my family, my friends ... and my gym members who are also my friends.

I am grateful that I get to do this job every day. I love what I do and the people I get to do it with. It's the best job in the world -- even on those days when I get up at 4:30 a.m.!

I am grateful for how hard everyone works to learn and improve, how they applaud each others' successes, and how they truly listen to their bodies and adjust as needed.

Today, one of our gym members had a real breakthrough.

Joanne has been patiently working to get the kettlebell Swing to the point where she was comfortable moving up to heavier weights. She has listened to her body and progressed at her own pace to prevent firing up any former sports injuries.

She is a model for all of us because she has the gifts of patience, perseverance and joy.

As a coach, it's incredibly rewarding when someone achieves a goal that hasn't come easy.

I wanted to sing, cry and shout for joy today (and so did Joanne and the other gym members!) when her Swing with the 22kg (48 lbs.) unfolded so beautifully. 

Joanne has helped me be a better coach in a lot of ways. Her feedback about how her body responds to certain movements has helped me to program and plan differently for her and other gym members.

I am grateful that our gym members revel in each others' accomplishments as much as their own.

I am grateful that we have built a gym community where we can achieve results at our own pace, focus on both good technique and strength, and provide each person the personal attention they deserve.

Joanne calls our time together 'A Slice of Paradise.' Isn't that cool? That's how I feel about it too.

Give in to gratitude; it feels great!

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” –William Arthur Ward