For those who have done it and are contemplating doing it again, it can evoke feelings of dread. For those who have not tried it, it is a curiosity, and perhaps a perceived measure of their kettlebell manliness. What is it? It is the Secret Service Snatch Test.
With its origins in the Secret Service selection process, the rules are simple. You must do as many repetitions of the kettlebell snatch in ten minutes as possible. Using only the 24kg kettlebell (ladies,the 12kg), you may switch hands whenever you’d like and you may even set the bell down so you can toss your cookies. Final count is total sum of snatches, period. The only unspoken rule is that you will not quit. Got a blister, tough, use the other hand for the remaining time. Tear a callous, tough it out. Don’t even think about stopping when the phone rings. You can set it down to rest, but it’d better be moving when the timer sounds.
This is not a test you should do within the first couple months of kettlebell training. When you can do 30-40 repetitions with one hand, feel free to give it a shot. Just remember the aforementioned stipulations: once you start, you'd better finish.
As my SEAL and Ranger friends would say, “Suck it up, candy-a$$.
Got your score? Email me at Jared@fitnessyoucanuse.com
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How do I get my scores posted?
SSST is limited to the top 15 (or what fits), the UST & UCJ are limited to the top 10.
any score that will take over a top 5 slot, must be
1) witnessed by RKC/AKC/IKFF
2) videoed for possible review. I suggest posting it on youtube so we can link to it.
3) done in a sanctioned competition
If in doubt, video from a side angle. It is much easier to score well with an incomplete lockout. Lockouts should be bicep-to-ear and nearly vertical.
Joanne O Shea
Mary Beth Stehle
Comments from participants about the UST!
The 53 is about being efficient and the 70 is just can I handle it for another rep, either grip or power to throw it up again. So I don't really lose my lungs on the 70 vs. the 53 which is really endurance not power. We'll really see when I hit them both again this week. Did notice my the fatigue from the 70 when I went to play tennis today though my grip and shoulders were definitely fatigued that never happens with the 53.
Wow! The wife's asleep and I decided to give the 32K test a shot...if you're interested in alternate universes or states of consciousness...then this is the way to go!!!
Oh, and by the way...127 reps in 9:59.00. OK...now I can get going on this one. I put the KB down more than I care to admit. Lots of room for improvement. Thanks again, Jared, for the inspiration!
Same rules as SSST, but men use the 32kg kettlebell and ladies use the 16kg 'bell. This event takes the original SSST to a whole new level!
I re-took the SSST on Sunday, 1/29/06, this time emphasizing a quicker pace from the outset. I did this now knowing I could complete the 10 minute cycle thanks to attempting it last week. I must say it's easier to quicken the pace from the outset as opposed to getting to the 6-7 minute mark and realizing you need to speed up. As a result I was able to complete 192 reps, done at 12 rep intervals from hand to hand to save the grip, in the 10 minute allotted time. I have to admit, this test is more a test of willpower and determination than I thought it would be. Having competition and wanting to stay in the top 15 only serves as added motivation for me or maybe I'm just a sick individual who enjoys inflicting pain on myself. Either way, a great idea and certainly fun for DD community as well as everyone else. -Eric Westhoven
Clean the 88# kettlebell (aka the bulldog) to your shoulder, Jerk it overhead, lockout & hold briefly. Lower to your shoulder, reclean & repeat for 10 minutes. Like the snatch tests, you can switch sides at will and even stop to breathe. Ladies use the 24kg (53#) girya.
Epitaths regarding the Bulldog Clean & Jerk
Jared Savik is trying to kill me! -David Whitley, Senior RKC
(Pen)Ultimate Clean & Jerk Challenge
This test is reserved for senior citizens and non-bulldog owners! Same rules as the Ultimate Clean & Jerk, but use the featherweight 72# kettlebell!
1. Skip Miller 112
2.Paul Tucker 107
2. Randy Hauer 101
3. Jason Perry 92
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I was numb by then (minute 9)--I actually paced myself Too much, set the kettlebell down between each set, but the 10 minutes sort of jumped up on me.
I have a new nemesis and it is the ultimate clean and jerk.