Double Arm Jerk and Double Arm Long Cycle are challenging events in and of themselves, requiring an immense amount of strength-endurance and shoulder stability. Arguably the most important aspect of safely and effectively lifting double bells for long sets is having the proper mobility and flexibility – in the shoulders, back, and legs. Without these qualities, the rack and overhead positions will not give you the rest needed to endure.
Interview with Jason Sanchez
AKA Candidate for Master of Sport, 73kg Weight Class
Best result: 125 points in 28kg Biathlon (Jerk 65, Snatch 120) at New Jersey Ironbell Challenge in June 2014
One of the ways I want to use KB Fit Britt is to promote Kettlebell Sport – providing education, information, and entertainment to both those who are just starting out in the sport, and those who have been competing for years. Interviewing fellow Kettlebell Sport athletes is a fun way to bring faces and names to the sport, as well as provide insight and advice on training – especially since many lifters in the United States train on their own.
A few weeks ago I traveled back to the Ice Chamber for the annual West Coast Classic competition. This was my first time lifting at the professional level (24kg) in a Kettlebell Sport competition, and I definitely felt some pressure to perform in front of my IC friends and coaches.
Here are my Jerk and Snatch sets from the competition:
Today I’m bringing you a guest post from Master of Sport kettlebell lifter Renee Martynuik. If you’ve ever been to a competition with Renee, you definitely know who she is – she’s the person who was cheering for you even if you had no idea who she was.
Renee completely embodies the welcoming attitude and supportive environment that makes Kettlebell Sport so fun to compete in. Here are a few wise words from her four years of Kettlebell Sport lifting and coaching experience.
One of the biggest complaints I hear from novice kettlebell lifters is “My hands hurt!”
For those of you that are seasoned Kettlebell Sport lifters, you know that ripping your hands is NOT a good thing. Rather, getting blisters signals a need for technique refinement.
Let me start by saying that the Kettlebell Sport community is amazing – the support from the lifters and spectators at the West Coast Classic 2015 was unbelievable! This is truly a sport that opens its arms to new lifters, and this competition was a great first GS experience for all of my KOR Strength athletes.
In high school, I was known as the girl who deplored trans fat. I told anyone and everyone who would listen about the dangers of hydrogenated oils – that your body can’t process them, and thus they cause blockages and ultimately lead to heart disease (which happens to be the #1 killer in America). As valedictorian, I gave a speech at graduation where I ended with the following piece of advice: “Don’t eat trans fat. It clogs your arteries and causes heart disease.”