Sounds like the clean. I think the two handed swing is easier to start with to build up strength. Actually I would rather do most exercises than the cleans!
I used kettlebells in the sixties when I worked out at gym owned by Milo Steinborn. He was an old time strongman....first man to squat 500 lbs unassisted, from the ground. At age 80, he could still hoist massive swingbells that most guys in the gym could only pick up and put down.
Originally Posted by KimT
I learned from from Milo and it seemed to me, that his most important teaching, was to keep the back in a neutral position.
Play it Again stores carries (or did) Body Solid kettlebells. They're a decent price, accurate, and well made.
If you can, find a local, certified instructor and invest in a few sessions. A lot of YMCAs have people who are certified in KB instruction and are reasonably priced. Most kb work comes from the core muscles and you have to learn the hip movement correctly or you can strain your lower back.
If there is no instruction available, study some of the videos that people recommend on this site (there are a lot on youtube) and try to slowly learn the form.
The swing is the basic movement in kb training, and it's necessary to keep a neutral lower back....and probably the most difficult thing to learn.
Once you can master that, the rest will come easily. Good luck and take your time.
Go to Dragondoor.com and find a RKC or HKC near you to get the three building block moves, (swing, goblet squat, and turkish get-up) down. Everything else builds off of those three essential moves. Its money well spent and you'll improve much faster than trying to mimic someone's you tube video (likely bad form anyways). My two cents as someone who is an HKC and has been working with KB's for about seven years.
My Mad Methods - MyMadMethods.com | Kettlebell Workouts
I found this site thanks to our buddy, Al Kavadlo. There videos are pretty high quality as are their routines. Plus, they have lots of contributions from Lauren Brooks...hot chick who is a kettlebell expert?? I couldn't bookmark it fast enough.