Authors update: please read The Secret Service Snatch Test Is Not Hard.
In the kettlebell world, there is no shortage of ways to test yourself. One of the most feared challenges is the Secret Service Snatch Test. The SSST is next on my own list of goals and I would love some company.
It isn’t complicated, but it is very difficult.
- For men: snatch a 24kg kettlebell 200 times in 10 minutes (women use a 16kg)
- You can set the kettlebell down as much as you need to
- You can switch hands as often as is necessary
Why it is difficult
Doing any physical activity for ten solid minutes can be rough. In my opinion, ten minutes of snatching a kettlebell is in another world of hard.
The SSST is a ten minute sprint for the heart, lungs, hamstrings, shoulders, and mind. Snatches require great technique, especially during long sets.
Why I will do it
- Same reasons as above
How I will do it
- Lots of kettlebell snatches, twice a week
- With one eye on the Gymboss
When I will do it
- Training started two days ago. I will complete the SSST on July 15, 2009. I write this down to be accountable to myself and readers of the blog (and to pester you into trying it with me)
My previous best
During the Tactical Strength Challenge in October of 2008, I did 127 reps in five minutes. That might make is sound like adding 73 in an additional five minutes might be easy. However, I think the reason I got so many kettlebell snatches in five minutes was because I knew I only had to do it for five minutes.
When those five minutes were over, I fell down and didn’t start speaking for another hour. Adding time to that makes me want to cry. Oh well.
I tested myself this past Monday, getting 167 in 10 minutes. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and it I’m still 33 shy of the goal.
I ‘d love to have some company. If any of you are feeling particularly sassy, train with me and let’s compare notes.
A word of warning: don’t even think about the Secret Service Snatch before completing the Program Minimum from Enter The Kettlebell!
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