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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 →
Interview by Avery Wittkamp and translation by Amanda Wegner.
Russian athlete Ksenia Dedyukhina (25 years old) is the best pound-for-pound female Kettlebell Sport lifter in the world. Here she answers a few questions about training and competition. Continue reading →
Many people in the Kettlebell Sport community are active online; they post updates on their training, share videos of their latest set, and celebrate new personal bests. This communication can be inspiring and motivating to other lifters – but it can also lead lifters to constantly compare their results to that of their lifting peers.
There was a big announcement on Facebook last week – one that rocked the Kettlebell Sport world.
If you didn’t hear about it, the Orange Kettlebell Club (OKC) declared that starting in 2016, they will no longer offer single arm events for women at their competitions. Women will now be competing in the same traditional lifts as the men: Long Cycle and Biathlon (with two kettlebells).
While OKC events are obviously not the only ones available to athletes, the OKC is a prominent and popular organization and their latest announcement is going to affect a lot of lady lifters.
As I reflect on my birthday and the fact that somehow it’s already 11 PM and another wonderful day has come and gone, I feel humbled, inspired, and excited for what the future has to hold. Continue reading →