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Lorraine Patten looks back on early years of Kettlebell Sport

Hi everyone! This interview with Lorraine Patten is the fourth 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!


  1. What is your athletic background?
    Life long athletic endeavors.  Team and individual sports.  Mostly endurance. I spent 10 years doing martial arts – I got tired of being the class rag doll, which led me to strength training.  Every trainer I met was only interested in body building, so I searched the internet for a trainer who would do purely strength training and I found Pavel Tsatsouline. I ordered his Power to the People book and deadlifted my ass off.  I really came to trust him as a wonderful trainer.

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Kettlebell Sport is growing in Georgia!

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I just returned from a short but sweet trip to Georgia. I taught a Kettlebell Sport workshop at CrossFit Sweetwater in Douglasville, where I got to meet a group of my Facebook kettle-friends in person! My fellow Team USA member Teri even drove up from Sarasota, Florida to lift with us.  Continue reading

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Techniques and training methods shouldn’t be a “secret”

I love teaching people what I know about Kettlebell Sport.

I’ve only been doing the sport for four years, so like everyone else I am still learning. What I know is probably just a small portion of the knowledge that more experienced coaches (who have spent their lives in the sport) have.

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And the bell went flying…

Despite the weather being a balmy 100 degrees and our gym being packed, we had a good turn out and great performances at the USAKL Bolt Kettlebell Sport competition on Saturday!

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KOR had a strong team showing of 17 athletes (our team is growing fast!). I’m proud to say my students demonstrated good technical proficiency with the lighter bells (12-16kg), which is something I impress upon them is NECESSARY before moving up to the heavier weights.

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Master of Sport after 11 failed attempts: Marty Farrell

Hi everyone! This interview with Marty Farrell, the first American male Master of Sport,  is the third 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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How to avoid getting a “NO COUNT” in kettlebell competition

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Judging at a Kettlebell Sport competition is based on whether the athlete achieves “fixation” in the overhead position, meaning both the bell and the lifter freeze for a moment in time with all the joints locked out and in proper alignment. Continue reading

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