I swing to be strong for life
Just like most of students of the kettlebell, the swing has had a profound effect on me. I was fortunate enough to have been indoctrinated into kettlebell training eight years ago by Jeff Martone. It was the practical application to my study's of Gray Cook and the movement screen (PNF, reciprocal inhibition, irradiation). Jeff also had one point that he hammered home, everything derived off the swing (ex. clean & snatch). What he meant was, learning the swing is a pivotal point in our strength journey, without proficiency in the swing and learning how to hip hinge correctly, all other exercises would lack efficiency. Take the split squat for example, once I tell a student to squeeze their glutes and pull their knees-caps up as if they were swinging, they pop straight up and look at me with amazement. There is one caveat. The deadlift and the plank are the prerequisites to the swing. Once we have that down, we can then start dialing in on the swing. They are a myriad of benefits that can all be linked to the swing and they have been a life changer to my students and myself.