Kettlebell Sport is first and foremost an endurance sport, not a strength sport. Beginners often confuse the two and move up in weight too quickly, without realizing that it takes months for your joints, tendons, and ligaments to adapt to being under load for such a long period of time (compared to the few seconds spent under load in any other weightlifting sport). Unfortunately, this often leads to an overuse injury.
Beginners can avoid overuse injuries and prep their joints and tissues more effectively by incorporating isometric drills into their training, i.e. overhead hold, rack hold, farmer walk. These drills will build stability and strength, as well as teach the lifter how to relax in the rest positions. Continue reading →
I had the pleasure of attending the Texas Open Kettlebell Sport Championships for the second year in row, and it did not disappoint. The event was unique; intimate and incredibly supportive, no music, and Gada Sport and kettlebell marathon sets after the traditional lifts. It’s amazing to Continue reading →
The best aspect of traveling to teach Kettlebell Sport workshops is seeing the growth of the sport up close. Last October, I taught a workshop in Georgia that was attended by 7 people. I remember Jenn Casey – organizer of the workshop and founder of Georgia Kettlebell Sport – expressing a bit of frustration about the lack of interest in Kettlebell Sport in the area and how she was not sure there would ever be enough participants to host an actual kettlebell competition.
For any sport or training goal, there are numerous methodologies on how to program to reach a desired result. Just Google any type of sport or training and you will get tons of videos and articles telling you what program is best. However, for Kettlebell Sport in particular, it can be hard to find good programming information on the internet (or anywhere, really).
I am not going to tell you exactly what my personal kettlebell program looks like. What I’m doing isn’t necessarily what you should be doing, and vice versa. There is no ONE PROGRAM that will work for everyone, especially at higher levels of training and competition.
However, there are particular guidelines that can be used to create simple templates that will work for most beginner and intermediate Kettlebell Sport lifters, which I will share below. Continue reading →
One of the selling points I use when explaining the benefits of Kettlebell Sport to a newcomer is that it builds tremendous mental tenacity. The strength to endure, to talk down our inner critic, and to push ourselves past our limits – most of which requires us to ignore what the brain is telling us (“This is too hard. Put down the bells!”).
Ignoring mental chatter is especially necessary at the beginning of a kettlebell set. The biggest mistake a lifter can make is to listen to their head during the first minute of a 10-minute set.Continue reading →
This video will take you through a basic introduction of kettlebell Long Cycle (clean and jerk). I describe the nuances of the clean, the rack position, and the jerk so you can put them all together and use them to train or compete in Long Cycle.
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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.