Kettlebell Drill to Prevent Hand Tears and Blisters

Practice quickly opening your fingers at the top of the kettlebell swing to loosen your grip and prevent hand tears and blisters.

This drill will also help you with proper timing on the kettlebell snatch – the point at which you release the bell in this drill is where you would open your hand and push into the overhead position in the snatch.

Do your hands hurt when swinging or snatching the kettlebell? Check out this article for more tips on improving grip.

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Kettlebell Sport lifting’s newest hot spot: Rotterdam

“My only goal for starting the Rotterdam Kettlebell Academy was to grow Kettlebell Sport in the Netherlands.” – Barry Andre, owner


A small country of 16 million people is not exactly where you would expect a “hot spot” to be located. Especially not for the little-known sport of kettlebells, which is most often practiced in eastern European countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised to walk into the Rotterdam Kettlebell Academy on Sunday, December 20 to find my workshops packed full of enthusiastic new students ready to learn the nuances of Kettlebell Sport technique.

As far as I know, the Rotterdam Kettlebell Academy is the biggest Kettlebell Sport focused gym in the world.

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Photo by Kyra Cornelis

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Famous actress becomes Kettlebell Sport enthusiast

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How do I spell your name correctly?
Helén Vikstvedt.

What do you do for a living?
I’m an actress. I perform at the national theater in Oslo for the time being, and I’m in a Norwegian film that is playing now. I do improv and teach improv as well.

What is your work schedule like?
I rehearse and perform 4-6 times per week, often with two shows on the weekend. I do other work in the daytime, such as recording commercials for the radio or filming for a TV series. Occasionally I work with a touring country and tour Norway. If I do films like I did last year, I travel to Hungary and Germany to shoot. Now I mostly work in Oslo because I have a young daughter.  Continue reading

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Overcoming amputation to become a World Champion in Kettlebell Sport: Christian Einarsen

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Christian Einarsen competing in 24kg Biathlon at the IUKL Kettlebell Sport World Championships in Dublin, Ireland in 2015.

Where do you live and what do you do for work?
I live in a small town called Søgne just outside Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway. I work offshore for Maersk drilling.

What is your athletic background?
My previous athletic background is as close to nonexistent as it gets. Except for playing soccer in elementary school, sports never interested me.

What happened to your right hand and how did that accident change your life?
In January 2009, I did a routine test of our emergency generator onboard which is cooled by a radiator and a fan (just like your car is). During the test run my hand came in contact with the radiator fan which was 2 meter in diameter and made of steel. I was evacuated to Stavanger and finally to Oslo where the surgeons decided they could not reattach any of my fingers. Continue reading

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Kettlebell Sport v. Kettlebell Hardstyle – Which is BETTER

“You’re more likely to hurt your back doing hardstyle kettlebell swings.” 

“Kettlebell Sport is the lazy way to lift kettlebells.” 

There are many communities within the world of kettlebell lifting. Even within each style there are multiple governing organizations that lead certifications and teach varying lifting techniques. The people that compete in Kettlebell Sport have a completely different method of training with kettlebells than those who do Kettlebell Hardstyle lifting – and these two groups are often at odds with each other.

So which group is right? Which style of kettlebell lifting is better, more efficient, and leads to more fitness gains?

Here’s where you’re expecting me to say “it depends.”  Continue reading

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