If you are looking for a great way to activate the lats and/or develop more explosive shoulder extension, the kettlebell “figure 8” is a great exercise to employ. 

While the movement does involve a hip hinge, the focus of the movement is instead the downward press of the kettlebell back between the legs. 

Note that the kettlebell doesn’t swing too high, but that it is forcefully pressed down. 

Not only are the lats developed, but the frontal plane stabilizers like the quadratus lumborum and glute medius and minimus also fire as the kettlebell shifts ever so slightly from side to side.

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