How To Do & Muscles Worked

kettlebell one arm snatch

Kettlebell snatches are a hinge pattern movement that improve power through two areas: the posterior chain and the upper body. It’s a very complex movement that works the entire body and improves power.

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Challenging

Which Muscles Are Worked?

Diagram of primary and secondary muscles worked from Kettlebell one arm snatch

Primary Muscles

Glutes Hamstrings

Secondary Muscles

Shoulders Triceps Quads Traps Abs

Exercise Type

Kettlebell icon

How to do kettlebell one arm snatch Properly

Step by Step Guide

Begin standing with the feet about hip distance apart and hold one kettlebell in your fingers on the ground in front of you. Have the other arm straight and reaching back the entire time.

Assume a hinge position as you push the hips back, bend the knees slightly, and maintain a neutral spine.

While straightening the knees, pull the kettlebell directly upward as if you were doing an upright row.

Then, flip the kettlebell handle into the palm of your hand more as it continues to accelerate overhead until the arm is straight and locked out.

Allow the kettlebell to lower back down toward the shoulder.

Then lower it back down to the ground using control and re-assume the hinge position.

Repeat for the desired repetitions on both sides.

Common Mistakes

A common mistake is extending the spine and losing abdominal control. As you swing the kettlebell up and stand in an upright position, you may be prone to backbending the spine due to the momentum. Instead, pull your belly button toward your spine and keep the spine in neutral the entire time.


Animation of how to do Kettlebell one arm snatch