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How to Master the Kettlebell Snatch

Reaching My Kettlebell Snatch Potential

Since working with my coach Denis Vasilev when he came in San Diego in October, I’ve changed up my Snatch technique. While I have been snatching kettlebells since 2011, I’ve always hit a road block when it comes to the 20kg bell and above. I’ve competed with 20kg and 24kg, and have never hit a number even close to what I believe my true potential is. While I have made many changes to my technique over the past five years, I think I’ve FINALLY made the changes that will allow me to reach my potential over the next couple years.
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The Importance of Relaxation

Efficiency and relaxation

The goal of Kettlebell Sport technique is to use gravity, weight shifting, breathing, and proper timing to move the kettlebells as efficiently as possible, so that you can complete as many repetitions as possible. In order to incorporate these four elements into your lifting, you must learn to relax – at the appropriate times. Continue reading

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My response to the IUKL’s “scientific study” on how kettlebell lifting affects the female body

Over the weekend, a response from IUKL secretary Vasily Ginko to several Scandinavian countries’ request for equal Kettlebell Sport lifting events for men and women was brought to light on Facebook.

In his response, Ginko cited a “scientific study” that claims all sorts of damage to the female body from doing kettlebell jerks and long cycle including breast cancer and “prolapse of the vaginal wall”.

Obviously, this post went viral, garnering comments from tons of outraged lifters. Additional insights came to light, including a post from Doug Seamans about how the IUKL and RGSF operate in Russia and how money comes into play on this issue.

Here’s my opinion on the kettlebell drama:

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Champions don’t make the best coaches

So you can talk, walk, run, and jump – but can you teach someone else how to do it?

If you’ve been doing something for so long that no conscious effort is required, it’s not always easy to remember what it felt like before you knew how to do it.

You don’t need to be a champion to be a great coach. Continue reading

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5 ways to “remain a student” in 2016

My main goal for 2015 was to qualify for and compete at the IUKL World Championships in Dublin, Ireland. In the last week of November, I found myself up on the platform next to two of the top female lifters in Kettlebell Sport, lifting a 24kg kettlebell – exactly where I wanted to be. While my performance fell short of my expectations – 87 repetitions instead of the 95+ I was hoping for – I’m grateful for the experience and excited to improve for my next competition.

In my opinion, the best coach/teacher always remains a student. Continue reading

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Highlights of the 2015 Kettlebell Sport World Championships

Highlights from the 2015 Kettlebell Sport World Championships (and my travel so far):

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Lifting on the platform next to top female Kettlebell Sport athletes Ksenia Dedukhina and Tatyana Potemkina. I did 87 repetitions and placed 4th out of 7 in the 63kg weight class.  Continue reading

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Internal Dialogue of a Female Kettlebell Lifter: Part 1

Kettlebell Sport is an endurance sport more than anything else – not just of the body, but of the mind. Lifters push through an immense amount of discomfort to get through the mental and physical battle of a 10 minute set.”What were you thinking while you were lifting?” is a common question from spectators, and as an athlete you often wonder whether everyone else on the platform next to you is struggling as much as you are. This series of posts is a chance to get a glimpse into the mind of a wide variety of lifters of all nationalities while completing a 10 minute set – male, female, beginner, elite, Bolt style, Girevoy Sport style, etc. 

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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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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.

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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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Are kettlebell workshops with Russian coaches worth the money?

Honestly, I’ve always been skeptical about paying to do a workshop with Russian Kettlebell Sport athletes and coaches.

First of all, I have the idea that some of them think it’s their way or the highway – meaning they only teach their specific technique, even if it’s not applicable to your body type and lifting style.  Continue reading

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