How to become a lightning speed Snatcher

Yesterday I worked on speed with 18-20kg Snatch – that means 20-22rpm. I find that increasing my speed with the lighter bells (and being able to sustain that rpm for 3+ minutes) is greatly improving my technique efficiency and grip endurance.


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Everything you need to know about using a belt for kettlebell lifting

While I’ve dabbled with using a belt for kettlebell lifting, I’m no expert on the subject. Instead of attempting to write a post on something I don’t have much experience with, I decided to outsource this post to my friend and fellow lifter BJ Bliffert, who has experimented with numerous belts for Kettlebell Sport lifting. Thanks to BJ for this great informational post!


Kettlebell Sport is like most sports, if you’re into it… you’re really into it. Some of us go deep into the rabbit hole looking for anything that can help eek out a few extra reps. Not so different from the obsessive golfer buying a driver to add 20-30 yards off the tee or the triathlete trying to shave grams of weight off their bikes.

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KB Fit Britt Interview with Fitness on Fire TV


Click here to register for the USAKL Bolt Kettlebell Sport competition on October 10 at KOR Strength and Conditioning in San Diego. 

Register for my next Kettlebell Sport workshop on October 11 in San Diego. Email info@kbfitbritt.com for details. 

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First female Master of Sport talks Valery Federenko and changing standards for women

Hi everyone! This interview with Catherine Imes, the first American female Master of Sport in Snatch,  is the second in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea!


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All-American Championship at Las Vegas – Results!

This past weekend marked my first time competing at the All-American Kettlebell Sport Championship at Mr. Olympia, and my first trip to Las Vegas! While you would probably have to pay me to ever go back to Las Vegas again (I’m not a nightlife person), I had fun slinging bells, bonding with my teammates, connecting with kettle-friends, and exploring the craziness of the expo.

The competition pool was much smaller than in previous years, but KOR was well-represented with 7 athletes.

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Announcement from AKA President Yuri Petunovs

Thank you, Brittany, for giving me an opportunity to use your blog to describe the AKA’s Vintage Strength events. Please also accept my congratulations on your North American TALC 16kg record! That seems very appropriate for this post!

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Interview with the First American Master of Sport in Long Cycle

Hi everyone! This interview with Scott Helsley, the first American Master of Sport in Long Cycle,  is the first in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea! 


 

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Team USA members Britt & Kristen Snatch 16kg

Check out the video below to see me and Kristen hitting some speedwork (21-25rpm) with the 16kg last Friday! Kristen had a 6 minute set, and I went 10 minutes. We have both been focusing on technique work with 8-12kg bells up to this point. Continue reading

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How to prepare for an obstacle course race

If you’re planning to enter a Spartan race, use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% off your entry fee. 


I’m no obstacle course race (OCR) expert, but I’ve completed two Tough Mudder races and know my way around the world of physical fitness.

I’ll be doing my first Spartan race at the end of September – the SoCal Beast in Temecula. Honestly, I won’t be doing a ton of preparation for the Spartan race. Kettlebell Sport training keeps me in great condition, and is my main focus. However, I have been increasing my running mileage and trying to work in some cross training every week.

The key to holistic health and balance is variety – I do so much kettlebell lifting that I have to force myself to take a step back every once in a while and mix it up! The Spartan race is a great opportunity to challenge myself – all while doing some bonding with the whole KOR Strength team.

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The difference between Bolt and Girevoy Sport

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Girevoy Sport (GS) style kettlebell competition events: Biathlon, Long Cycle, and Snatch. Depending on the organization running the event, women may be allowed to lift two kettlebells for Biathlon and Long Cycle. Both men and women lift one kettlebell for Snatch.

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Kettlebell Sport Bolt style competition events: Single Kettlebell Jerk, Single Kettlebell Snatch, Single Kettlebell Clean & Jerk, Double Kettlebell Jerk, Double Kettlebell Snatch, Double Kettlebell Clean & Jerk. Both men and women can compete in any and all events.

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