Tip: Are Overhead Kettlebell Swings Worth It?

American (overhead) kettlebell swings aren't for everyone, but is there ever a place for them? Well, yes and no.

Even if they’ve never given you shoulder problems, they’re not the best unless you have to use them in a competitive setting. CrossFit uses overhead swings so that each rep can be counted.

But if you’re not a competitor who needs to use the overhead version, your posterior chain will get more out of the exercise by just using a heavier kettlebell and doing standard Russian swing.

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