Nick Lynch at Superb Health in Riverwest has created a fundraising fitness challenge far different than the standard 5K run, and probably more exhausting.
Lynch calls it a Snatch Off: five minutes of executing the kettlebell snatch, with participants collecting pledges based based on the number of repetitions they complete. In each repetition, the athlete swings a kettlebell weighing 30 to 100 pounds between their legs, then drives it up and overhead in a powerful, and fluid motion.
“It is grueling, probably the hardest thing that you’ll do,” said Lynch an RKC certified trainer in the Russian Kettlebell technique. “My plan is to do 125. I’ve done that before and I think I can at least do that.”
Anyone who has worked kettlebells into their training routine will appreciate what an effort that would take, exhausting abdominal muscles, triceps and glutes.
Lynch has built much of his fitness studio’s program around the kettlebells and has been a huge advocate of their benefits for building strength, balance and endurance.
The Snatch Off ads an altruistic purpose. Proceeds from contributors will be donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission, which provides shelter to men and women with children.
“Homeless women and children, that’s as tough as you can get,” Lynch said. “Children are innocent, find themselves in a situation that they don’t know how to get out of, and rely on moms for survival.”
The Snatch Off will be held from noon to 2 p.m. March 9, in the Superb Health Studio, 2225 N. Numboldt Ave., in the Riverwest neighborhood. You can find registration information here.