Kettlebell Swingblade — Can “real” people Swingblade?

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Several of you wrote in to express your concerns about the 1/2 Swingblade exercise that Scott demonstrated in last week’s blog.

First, we’d like to applaud you for your caution — a smart operative performs a thorough recon before undertaking any operation. That’s how you live to fight another day. Well done.

In this case, your intel is based on a very small part of the total picture.

At first glance the 1/2 Swingblade seems to go against the conventional wisdom of rounding the back and then twisting. Look more closely and you’ll see that you’re actually stabilizing at the lumbar spine — the lower back. There is NO spinal “rounding” (forward flexion), only hip bending and thorax twisting.

That kind of dynamic stability is no easy task, of course! You won’t get there overnight. But you’ll get there if you follow our Standard Operating Procedure.

The 1/2 Swingblade is actually the third exercise in a progression: the Grunt level movement in this particular exercise family. In order to work up to it, you must first master the Pre-Recruit and Recruit variations. The video on this page is your Pre-Recruit tutorial. Begin here.

Mastery of this skill set leads to the full Swingblade — a grueling exercise that will put your core through the shredder even as it tests your coordination and balance.

And that’s the nature of TACFIT Kettlebell Spetsnaz. Other kettlebell programs attempt to teach you a technique — complex or simple — and then adjust standard variables like intensity, volume, speed, duration, etc to increase the challenge. While you can certainly increase kettlebell weight and speed with our program, it isn’t our primary goal.

Rather, the four Missions included in TACFIT Kettlebell Spetsnaz are specifically progressive in their complexity: each mission develops the neuro-muscular efficiency for the next higher level.

Your nervous systems becomes “smarter” or more efficient as you move through the program, and you also benefit from faster results thanks to the “complex training effect” (coupled simple movements provide a synergistic effect greater than if the individual simple exercises were completed for the same volume independently).

The Swingblade progression is an example of the TACFIT Kettlebell Spetsnaz sophistication process in action.

We hope you found it helpful. And we hope you enjoy working your way up from the Pre-Recruit version to the full Swingblade.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

claudia October 5, 2010 at 10:44 pm

I try all your exercises and they arre very performing but the swingblade is one of my favorite


Anthony October 5, 2010 at 11:00 pm


sorry; I bought this product and 2 others earlier today. Could someone contact me in regards to downloading the products?

thank you.


Matthew Arieta October 6, 2010 at 7:24 am

You should have a link in your email that will take you a webpage with all the products you’ve bought.


Anthony October 6, 2010 at 5:05 pm

Thanks for the reply.

I have three e-mails all from Clickbank. I don’t have any from Tacfit. The Clickbank has two links one to support for Tacfit and one advertising Commando. The links are identical in each e-mail.

I believe I have not received the correct e-mail. I think perhaps I didn’t finish some online process.

Could you please look into this for me?

All the best

Anthony Sharah


Christopher Hoffheins October 9, 2010 at 3:24 am

Same problem here. I need the KB portal so I can plug in my newly acquired password and login info.

Any help would be great.



Silvano October 6, 2010 at 10:53 am

Hi Scott, this summer I was working with a 8 kg kb in a front press using the kb handle in a similar way , to stimulate the core and the action for my wing chun punch.I’ve to say it worked a lot ,and I’ve learnt some things new to be applied in the martial arts.
looking at your swingblade nothing can be compared with.

Is simply amazing! So precise and smart in the movement and it’s application.

Thanks for showing the way.



andrew beal October 9, 2010 at 4:27 am

the link for the hi-rez grunt Instructional video is the same file as the grunt follow along and not the file it should be.
Can you please fix.



James Donovan October 11, 2010 at 6:44 am

I purchased both commando and spetsnaz and think they are outstanding. I have two sons that play baseball at a relatively high level and wonder when it would be appropriate for them to start either program. They are almost 14 and almost 12. I’d love to hear anyone’s opinion on the subject.

Thanks, Jim


James Donovan October 11, 2010 at 7:16 am

Anthony, Chris,

I was directed to They gave me the proper link and all is well.



Keith Whatley October 13, 2010 at 8:31 am

I ordered Tacfit kettlebell and also have no access despite the fact that it WAS charged to my card. I’m surprised at this considering I had zero problems with the other modules I purchased from Tacfit.

Any suggestions appreciated – I’ve already put in two tickets and have had no response.


Keith Whatley October 13, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Problem fixed! Thanks so much for taking care of whatever glitch I encountered. Truly professional and courteous.

Downloading now and ready to get started.

Many thanks and keep up the good work!


Josh Wilkinson October 16, 2010 at 12:19 pm

I love this module already, Can’t wait to get started!

Now I have to actually get a Kettlebell… Where is a good place to order them? I am fine purchasing online or offline.

However, I am a bit confused about what Scott Sonnon said regarding not buying Kettlebells at Walmart. Not that I would buy Kettlebells from Walmart in the first place, but does this mean some brands are better quality than others? If so, what are the benefits of getting a quality Kettlebell, compared to getting one from Walmart?


admin October 16, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Josh, get an 8-12kg kettlebell from Perform Better. They’ve got free shipping right now. The design is biomechanically based, rather than based upon the cheapest way to manufacture mass quantities.

Who Dares Wins,
Scott Sonnon


Julian October 22, 2010 at 8:26 am

looking forwarding to beginning SPETSKB, just a few initial questions before I begin the first mission.

1) When performing the Mobility and Compensation on low and moderate days, is the protocol to perform the routine 3 x over as in Mass Assault? The manual doe not specify this?
2) If the primary goal is fat loss, would it be effective to follow the four day diet wave as per ‘Commando’ with the SPETSKB program?
3) I’ve been out of training for about 8 weeks following a niggling back issue – I had previously been following ‘Commando’ with great results and had completed Recruit and about half of the first Grunt mission (having repeated several micro cycles due to missed training days) before being forced to quit – I feel I’m ready to train again and want to jump straight in with SPETSKB – Would you advise repeating the whole Recruit mission of ‘Commando’ first in order to build up some initial base strength, or would it be ok to begin straight off with SPETSKB Pre-Recruit as proposed?
Any advice much appeciated.
Best regards,


admin October 25, 2010 at 12:54 pm


1. Yes.
2. Yes, but go lighter in weight, faster in volume, and only to “technique failure” not “physiological failure.”
3. Perform 2-3 micro-cycles of Commando (8-12 days), and if you don’t feel any return of the issue, then jump in with pre-recruit Spetsnaz.

Who Dares Wins,
Scott Sonnon


Julian October 25, 2010 at 1:19 pm

Many thanks for both responses Coach, always happy to share your wisdom with us Commando’s in our time of need, you’re the best of the best !!

Special thanks,



Muhammad Chamaa October 26, 2010 at 7:32 am

Hi -

Superb program, as all material always is!

Quick question – given that from what I read / saw so far no guidelines are given in respect of the use of the Pillars/Furnace exercises.

Any guidance on how to incorporate within the KB training cycle?

Any comments are appreciated.




admin October 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Pillars is to be inserted on a MOD day followed by Spetsnaz on a HIGH day.
Spetsnaz on a MOD day followed by Furnace on a HIGH day.

Who Dares Wins,
Scott Sonnon


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