Kettlebell Alternating Hang Clean

Kettlebell Alternating Hang Clean

The Kettlebell Alternating Hang Clean is a dynamic and powerful exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in your body, including your shoulders, back, hips, and legs. This compound movement combines elements of a clean and a swing, utilizing the full range of motion to develop strength, power, and coordination. To perform the Kettlebell Alternating Hang Clean, you will start in a standing position with your feet shoulder-width apart, grasping a kettlebell in each hand. Keeping your back straight and core engaged, hinge at the hips to slightly bend forward. Let the kettlebells hang in front of you with your arms fully extended and palms facing your body. From this starting position, explosively extend your hips, legs, and back, as you simultaneously pull one kettlebell up towards your shoulder. As you pull the kettlebell upwards, you will naturally rotate your wrist, so the palm is facing upward when it reaches shoulder level. The opposite kettlebell should remain hanging during this phase. Once the kettlebell reaches shoulder level, quickly rotate your wrist to let it flip over your hand and rest on your forearm. At this point, you will catch the kettlebell in the racked position, with your elbow tucked in and the kettlebell supported by your forearm, just below your shoulder. Your chest should be up, and your back should be straight. To complete one rep, gently lower the kettlebell back to the starting position and immediately repeat the movement with the other arm. Aim for a smooth and controlled motion throughout the exercise, avoiding any jerking or excessive swinging of the kettlebell. The Kettlebell Alternating Hang Clean is a challenging exercise that not only builds strength but also enhances your coordination and explosiveness. Incorporate it into your training routine to spice up your workouts and take your fitness to new heights.


  • Start by standing with your feet shoulder-width apart and a kettlebell placed on the ground between your legs.
  • Bend at the hips and knees to lower yourself into a squat position while keeping your back straight and chest up.
  • Grip the kettlebell handle with one hand using an overhand grip.
  • Engage your core and explode up from the squat position, while simultaneously using your arm to pull the kettlebell up.
  • As the kettlebell reaches chest height, quickly switch your grip to an underhand grip and let it swing back down between your legs.
  • Allow the kettlebell to swing back and repeat the movement with the opposite hand.
  • Continue alternating between hands for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to control the kettlebell and maintain proper form throughout the exercise.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure proper form and technique by starting with a lighter kettlebell before progressing to heavier weights.
  • Engage your core throughout the entire movement to maintain stability and control.
  • Generate power through your hips by using a quick and explosive extension to drive the kettlebell up.
  • Relax your grip and let the kettlebell rotate naturally in your hand during the movement.
  • Use a controlled descent as you bring the kettlebell down, aiming to keep it close to your body.
  • Remember to breathe steadily throughout the exercise to maintain oxygen flow and maximize performance.
  • To challenge your muscles further, incorporate variations such as adding a squat before each clean.
  • Incorporate kettlebell cleans into your full-body workout routine for an effective cardio and strength training combination.
  • Avoid rounding your back during the movement and maintain a tall posture to protect your spine.
  • Fuel your body with a balanced and nutritious diet to support your exercise performance and overall health.


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