The kettlebell that will be used at IUKL Worlds is…

There has been a lot of speculation on the type of kettlebell that will be used at the IUKL World Championships in Dublin, Ireland.

My friend and Irish team member Clara O’Connor has confirmed that the D8 Fitness kettlebell will be used, which is similar to the Valery Federenko bells except with a 35mm handle.  Continue reading

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Kettlebell Sport Spectating 101

As I heard it described at AKA Nationals 2015, watching a Kettlebell Sport competition can be “like watching paint dry, until the last few minutes”; at least for those who are not fully immersed in the land of kettle.

Photo by Alan Calero
Photo by Alan Calero

If you understand what the competition is all about and the incredible feats of strength that are on display, however, spectating the competition becomes much more interesting.

Here’s what you need to know as a Kettlebell Sport spectator:  Continue reading

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Return to KB Sport Series #3: Will Metcalf

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Photo by Steve Burroughs.

I discovered Kettlebell Sport in 2008. My first competition was in 2009, where I competed in OALC… HAH then it all went down hill from there so to speak! I spent the next year and a half chasing my tail in terms of what to do with my lifting, but falling deeper in love with the sport. I remember at the Arnold Classic in 2010 I lifted 32kg for the Strong Sport event. I did 16 reps a side for four minutes –  and I thought I was hardcore. Then I saw Marty Farrell doing things I couldn’t imagine with 2x32kg. That was it – it was game time!   Continue reading

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Return to KB Sport Series #2: Emily Doenlen

My first competition was after just a few months of training in November of 2013. I competed with the 12kg and got 103 reps. In December I competed again with the same weight and got around 130 reps. After that, I figured I was ready to move up in bell weight and started transitioning up to the 16kg. I decided that the Cali Open in February 2014 would be my next goal.

Ten seconds before the completion of my 10-minute set of One Arm Long Cycle with the 16kg bell, I broke my arm. Continue reading

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3 Kettlebell Mobility Drills

1. Weighted shoulder dislocations (upper lefthand corner of video): Start with no weight and progress in 1-2lb increments.

2. Jefferson curl (upper righthand corner of video): Start by dropping your head and neck, then slowly roll down vertebrae by vertebrae, holding the end position for a more intense stretch on the hamstrings. Come back up the same way, slowly rolling up. Again, start with no weight or very light weight and work your way up.

3. Bridge push throughs (bottom half of video): From a bridge position, drop down to tap your head to the floor, then push the arms straight and head forward through the arms for a great shoulder opener. If you are unable to do a bridge position, use an exercise ball and simply hold a backbend instead.

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New AKA National Records

A number of new AKA National Records were set at the 2015 AKA Nationals in Chicago on August 1.

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Photo by Luke’s Barbell Club

Christian Goldberg – 20kg Snatch – 154 repetitions – 53kg weight class Continue reading

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