Most readers of this blog are familiar with Kettlebell Sport, but let’s get this out of the way for newcomers: Kettlebell Sport is a competitive event in which athletes lift one or two kettlebells as many times as possible in ten minutes. When lifting one kettlebell, one hand switch is allowed. If the kettlebell is put down or dropped by the athlete, the set ends.
Easy, right? Whether you’re a seasoned competitor or not, you’re thinking, “yeah…right.” Kettlebell Sport is one of the toughest events an athlete will attempt and yet it is strangely satisfying and rewarding. And if an athlete can hold and lift something weighing between 18 and 53 pounds for women or 52 to 140 pounds for men (competing with two bells), then it must be a great way to lose weight, right?
I’ve never been much of an athlete – this whole kettle-life has really shocked my friends from growing up. I was definitely the least athletic out of the group, warming the bench for most of my little league soccer matches growing up. Also like all teenage Florida boys, I grew up surfing and skateboarding, but was never really that good!
So, uh, not to get too personal, but…. Where have you done it?
The beauty of kettlebell exercise is its inherent portability. If you have a bell, you have a workout. But, while having a bell is easy, having a kettlebell gym is, alas, still hard to come by in many locations. I was first introduced to kettlebells at KBNY gym on Long Island. But I’ve since moved 200 miles north. Now, I’m relegated to practicing in the basement, one of two ‘members’ of the Saratoga Springs Kettlebell Club. Continue reading →
During my Snatch training set tonight, I had a breakthrough. I’m not going into the exact details of what it was – just a nuance of technique – but afterward I felt happy, energized, and motivated to train even harder in the days to come.
As a mostly self-trained and coached athlete, Canadian Master of Sport Kathryn Golbeck has gone through numerous progressions and regressions in training during her kettlebell journey. Read the following interview to discover the lessons she learned and how you can apply them to your own practice!
1. What is your athletic background?
My athletic background includes cross-country skiing, rock climbing, hiking, running, road bike riding…anything that gets me outside and active. I have always used weight training to supplement my other sports. I have done marathons and shorter distance races and triathlons, as well as cross-country ski races. Currently, my competitive focus is on Kettlebell Sport and other sports are supplementary. This winter I have also skied a lot, which definitely helps my conditioning for kettlebells.
This weekend at the OKC Cali Open 2015 at Innovative Results was amazing! Big thanks to John, Jason, Nazo, Aaron, Ada, and the rest of the OKC crew who put on a great competition. We need more big meets like this to keep growing the sport and inspiring athletes!
Double Arm Jerk and Double Arm Long Cycle are challenging events in and of themselves, requiring an immense amount of strength-endurance and shoulder stability. Arguably the most important aspect of safely and effectively lifting double bells for long sets is having the proper mobility and flexibility – in the shoulders, back, and legs. Without these qualities, the rack and overhead positions will not give you the rest needed to endure.
Interview with Jason Sanchez AKA Candidate for Master of Sport, 73kg Weight Class Best result: 125 points in 28kg Biathlon (Jerk 65, Snatch 120) at New Jersey Ironbell Challenge in June 2014
One of the ways I want to use KB Fit Britt is to promote Kettlebell Sport – providing education, information, and entertainment to both those who are just starting out in the sport, and those who have been competing for years. Interviewing fellow Kettlebell Sport athletes is a fun way to bring faces and names to the sport, as well as provide insight and advice on training – especially since many lifters in the United States train on their own.