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.