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John Buckley addresses elimination of women’s OALC and more

What is your athletic background?
In high school, I was a football player and a thrower in Track and Field. When I went to college, I started weightlifting and bodybuilding. I started working at Equinox in 2003. Continue reading

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Are kettlebell workshops with Russian coaches worth the money?

Honestly, I’ve always been skeptical about paying to do a workshop with Russian Kettlebell Sport athletes and coaches.

First of all, I have the idea that some of them think it’s their way or the highway – meaning they only teach their specific technique, even if it’s not applicable to your body type and lifting style.  Continue reading

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Kettlebells can save lives

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Photo by Ken Blackburn

Jerry Gray, at 73 years old, is an inspiration to those of us that aspire to stay strong and fit throughout our entire life. In addition to a daily routine of walking his dog, bodyweight exercise, and weightlifting, Jerry competes in Kettlebell Sport. At his last competition, the IKFF Chicago Classic, Jerry completed 162 reps in 10 min 16kg Snatch and 69 reps in 5 min 20kg Snatch.
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Get more movement in your day with a 5-minute flow

My whole day feels better if I start it off with movement – any kind of movement. A couple weeks ago I came across Max Shank’s 5-minute flow idea and thought it looked fun. Essentially the idea is you take five minutes at the start of your day (or whenever you have time) and move in anyway that feels good to you: stretch, yoga poses, neck rolls, mobility drills, exercises, etc.

I been incorporating these flows more and more into my daily routine and I challenge you to join me in taking a few minutes each day to move and feel your body!

Here are videos of my personal 5-minute flows to give you some ideas to start: Continue reading

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Moving beyond the ranks by Avery Wittkamp

Winning first place out of a pool of one can be a little hollow.

How many Kettlebell Sport lifters out there can relate to that statement?

Avery Wittkamp knows this all too well. Here is her story of how her journey in the sport led her to focus on moving beyond the ranks. Continue reading

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Interview with world-reknowned kettlebell athlete Ksenia Dedyukhina

Interview by Avery Wittkamp and translation by Amanda Wegner.

Russian athlete Ksenia Dedyukhina (25 years old) is the best pound-for-pound female Kettlebell Sport lifter in the world. Here she answers a few questions about training and competition. Continue reading

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My “ugly” kettlebell set

Many people in the Kettlebell Sport community are active online; they post updates on their training, share videos of their latest set, and celebrate new personal bests. This communication can be inspiring and motivating to other lifters – but it can also lead lifters to constantly compare their results to that of their lifting peers.

Let me remind you: the internet is not real life. Continue reading

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