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How To Snatch A Kettlebell 301 Times in 10 Minutes

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This guy trains more than he talks

When I bought my first kettlebell book–it was Pavel’s Enter The Kettlebell–I was in awe of anyone who could pass the five minute snatch test. What’s that, you say? It’s where a man snatches a 24 kilo kb 100 times in five minutes. Why did I think this was hard? Why did it awe me?

Because a book said so

Basically because the book said the snatch test was hard and that it was a feat to aspire to. I started snatching away and it was definitely difficult in the beginning. Then it got easy. Then it got so easy that snatching 100 times in five minutes was actually pretty boring, at least with that weight.  So I took the next step up: the Secret Service Snatch Test.

Passing the SSST gives you the right to call yourself, ahem, a “man among men.” I’m not sure what that means, because with a little practice the SSST isn’t hard either. It just takes smart, consistent training, and a willingness to back off and listen to your body. It is a good benchmark, but there’s nothing impressive about the number 200.

But I won’t lie, when I hit 230 I was pretty satisfied with that. I had wanted to knock the goal out and I did, but I never had plans on going any further. That doesn’t mean that nobody else did, however.

Enter The Logan

I finally met Logan Christopher at the Gym Movement Level 1 Certification back in April of 2010. I’d known him online for a while. It was he that got me interested in kettlebell juggling and he was one of the first people I ran into online when I was looking for old time strongman information.

Logan told me he was working on snatching a 24 kilo bell 300 times in 10 minutes. Yes, he was already a “man among men” (gag), but that apparently wasn’t enough for him. Well, not too long ago, Logan hit an incredible 301 snatches in 10 minutes. There is a feat that is so badass there is not even a category for it in Pavel’s books–it doesn’t even have a fancy name. It’s a feat so strong that only someone who truly knew what they were doing would aspire to it. Anyone with this goal could look far and wide for a role model and find…about as many role models as you’d expect with these numbers: John Brookfield and Valery Federenko.

To my knowledge those two gents–I am a huge fan of them both–do not have products out on the market for anyone aspiring to hit this level of snatching. Logan does, however, and I have been happily watching the DVDs he sent me for his upcoming release, kettlebell snatch domination.

Logan is a great teacher and he is very adept at dissecting some of the more polarizing aspects of kettlebell training and politics. GS versus hardstyle, the perfect height for a swing or a snatch, the role that speed plays in the longer sets, whether there is a correct way to breathe.

He does it free of the politics and quibbling that these camps fall into when they should be training. And he puts up monstrous numbers. He’s prepared a couple of introductory videos to the product that I’d love for you to check out if you are interested in kettlebell training. Logan is the man and I’m proud to know him. He’s getting it done in a fitness world that is increasingly full of talkers and keyboard warriors.


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  • Dave Currie February 25, 2011, 11:19 am

    I’ll definitely have a look at your links, Josh, they sound interesting and along similar lines to a discussion I have been having with a good mate of mine. To quote from one of my last emails:

    “What is even more interesting is that as you look across the three of them you can see that there are marked differences in their individual techniques i.e. there is no one 100% correct “answer” for kettlebell lifting. More and more I am starting to believe that people have to find their own style. Within certain boundaries and caveats for sure, but I think once someone has learned the basics of safely handling a kettlebell and the basic exercises themselves they need to find their own “groove”. That might be just how deep a squat they want to use on a swing, or how hard they want to snap their hips forward, or how high they might swing the kettlebell to, or whatever, but I think I am going to stop *imposing* a particular style on my kettlebell work and try and be more intuitive as to a) what feels right to me, and b) what gives me the results I am looking for.”

    Of course, I hope emailling this doesn’t make me a “keyboard warrior” 🙂


    • Josh Hanagarne February 25, 2011, 11:21 am

      No, of course not. I don’t know if anyone spends more time at a keyboard than I do, but my training doesn’t suffer for it:) Keyboard warriors are ALWAYS right and they’re rarely strong.

      • Dave Currie February 25, 2011, 11:44 am

        Well, I’m never right. Or so she tells me 😉 but I am undoubtedly the strongest I have EVER been, and it feels damn good.

    • Logan Christopher February 25, 2011, 3:34 pm

      You are correct. In my pursuit I had to develop my own technique some of which I share in these videos. There are certain things that work better for certain reasons as I explain but it is also highly dependent on the goal.

  • Brandon February 25, 2011, 12:10 pm

    Incredible. Logan is one STRONG dude. I’ll definitely check out the links.

  • Lynn February 25, 2011, 1:44 pm

    My goal is 200 in 10 minutes. I know I can do it!

    • Josh Hanagarne February 25, 2011, 1:45 pm

      Lynn, knowing you, you’ll probably be the first to hit 400.

  • Heather February 25, 2011, 2:03 pm

    Wow. . . just. . . . wow. . . . Right now I’m happy if I can do 50 with my sad, sucky little 15-pounders. . . . I dont’ know how long it takes, though. I just snatch til it feels like my arm is going to fall off, then I do about 45-50 with the other arm. I’m not very fast, though. I’ve never timed it. Reckon maybe I ought? I’m more of a swing girl. As in, I prefer doing swings to snatches. I’m just faster with swings.

  • Logan Christopher February 25, 2011, 3:35 pm

    I’m with Josh. 200 in 10 minutes is achievable by everyone with just a little work. I hope these videos will help you out.

  • Juergen February 28, 2011, 4:04 am

    Dude, it’s a beginner’s book. Presenting beginner’s programs.

    • Josh Hanagarne February 28, 2011, 9:00 am

      Hi Juergen, thank for stopping by.

      The SSST is not for beginners, and I believe the ROP quits being a beginner’s program once anyone under 200 lbs hits the 36. Here’s my review of ETK from when I was a beginner: http://worldsstrongestlibrarian.com/1602/10-essential-strength-books-part-3-of-10-enter-the-kettlebell/

      Either way, too many people remain beginner’s for years because they don’t/can’t/won’t think any goal outside of a book is worth chasing. I’m glad that’s not Logan, and it’s certainly not me.

      • Juergen March 1, 2011, 2:22 pm

        It’s arguing semantics, but a program an average person can complete in his first year or two of training is a beginner’s program to me. It might take you into intermediate territory, but … Weren’t you arguing in the post that it’s actually a piece of cake and no real “Rite of Passage” at all?

        • Josh Hanagarne March 1, 2011, 2:44 pm

          Juergen, It’s not important to me whether we call it a beginner’s program or not. Maybe we’re both right, maybe we’re both wrong, I don’t care.

          To even be able to put a time frame on what you consider a beginner’s program tells me that you are probably one of the few people who actually achieves the goals that they set. If so, good on you.

          I believe the SSST can be achieved by anyone with consistent training. So no, I don’t believe it is some massive feat that deserves any mythical status. Is it easy? Absolutely, if you train for it.

          That required consistency and dedication is what puts it out of the reach of most trainees, and is why I say it is not a beginner’s program. Some will go faster, some will go slower, most will burn out or get distracted before putting together enough productive sessions to hit the goal.

  • Todd February 28, 2011, 9:35 am

    Logan, you’re a stud! 300 is certainly impressive. I’ll check it all out more this evening when I’m not sitting behind this $#!@&%* firewall.