Kettlebell Clean

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The Kettlebell Clean

Kettlebell Exercise Information

The Kettlebell Clean is a Loaded Exercise upon which the following exercises build:

Individual exercise information is available by clicking the links above, and more detailed information specified for the Kettlebell Clean can be found below.

A kettlebell clean is an exercise that brings the kettlebell from a position below the hips into a racking position via an explosive fast and clean movement. The most common starting positions are dead from the ground and the racking position.

Several different movements can be used to move the weight but the most common ones are the hip hinge and the squat.

The kettlebell clean is an important aspect of kettlebell training as with almost every kettlebell exercise the weight needs to be brought into the racking position. But besides that, it's also a great exercise for cardio, strength, and power.


How the kettlebell clean is programmed partly determines the goal it reaches. For strength, program heavy and lower reps; for endurance, program light to medium and higher volume; for power, program between medium and heavy weight with low reps.


The kettlebell clean is a great exercise to program for endurance combos as it allows the muscles to have a little break by moving the work to other muscle groups. In the clean and jerk, for example, the jerk requires a lot from the upper body in regards to racking and the jerk itself. The clean breaks it up and allows the athlete to last longer.

Racking Position

No matter the variation of the kettlebell clean, the kettlebell(s) always end up in a racking position. The racking position is where the kettlebell(s) are held at chest height with the elbow(s) under the weight and the shoulders are pulled down. There is a lot to learn about racking, as it's not just for receiving the weight, but also for resting and transitioning.


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Fast tempo:


Alternatives for this exercise are:

Common Mistake(s):

Kettlebell Clean

  1. Elbow disconnected in racking due to tension

    The elbow is disconnected from the body in the racking position because everything is tight and tense.

  2. Seeing the palm of the hand in racking

    The palm of the hand is facing forward in the racking position and usually, this is paired with the bell (the round bit of the kettlebell) being positioned on the outside of the arm rather than on the inside and the handle lays horizontally within the palm rather diagonally (45-degree angle).

This is a root exercise upon which exercise variations build.

Also know as: Any Kettlebell Clean

This is a: Loaded Exercise

Is loaded with equipment: Kettlebell

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Kettlebell Clean


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Form and Technique

This section explains the form and technique for the Kettlebell Clean exercise.

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Muscles Used:

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Exercise Variations

Exercise variation(s) that are based upon this exercise:

  • Double Kettlebell Bottoms-Up Clean View
  • Double Kettlebell Dead Clean View
  • Double Kettlebell Open Palm Clean View
  • Double Kettlebell Suitcase Clean View
  • Kettlebell Assisted Dead Clean Drill View
  • Kettlebell Clean From Dead View
  • Kettlebell Dead Clean View
    • Kettlebell Alternating Dead Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
    • Kettlebell Tactical Dead Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
    • Single Kettlebell Dead Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
  • Kettlebell Goblet Clean View
  • Kettlebell Hang Clean View
    • Double Arm Single Kettlebell Hang Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
    • Kettlebell Alternating Hang Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
    • Kettlebell Tactical Hang Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
    • Single Kettlebell Hang Clean
      Loaded Exercise Variation
  • Kettlebell Lateral Clean View
  • Kettlebell Lunge Dead Clean View
  • Kettlebell Open Palm Hang Clean View
  • Kettlebell Suitcase Clean View
  • Kettlebell Upside Down Horn Grip Clean View

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