The Kettlebell Slingshot or Around the Body Pass is an excellent exercise for warming up the shoulders and also acclimatising to a new Kettlebell weight.
Keep the feet shoulder width apart and hips still. Rotate the Kettlebell around the body first in one direction and then in the other. Pass the kettlebell from one hand to the other in front of the hips and directly behind the hips. Practice keeping everything nice and tight (core, abs, glutes) and motionless other than your arms.
When to Use the Kettlebell Slingshot
The Slingshot is one of the easiest kettlebell exercises to perform and great as an initial warm up. I often use the sling shot to warm up my Kettlebell Classes or to introduce beginners to the weight of the kettlebell.
One great use for the Slingshot is as a form of active recovery. Lets imagine that you are performing a more strenuous exercise like the Two Handed Swing and then you need to rest for 30 seconds, rather than putting the kettlebell down you can perform the Slingshot while you catch your breath and compose yourself ready for the next round.
Slingshot Workout Examples
Here are just a few ways that you could use the Slingshot in your workouts.
- Two Handed Kettlebell Swing – 30 seconds
- Slingshot – 30 seconds
- Repeat 4-8 times