Category Archives: Fitness

Kettlebell Sport for Weight Loss… Effective or Not?

Guest post by Jay Trunzo from Punch Kettlebell Gym.

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?

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“You have to be ready to die on the platform”

Interview with Master of Sport Chris Doenlen.

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Photo by Sergei Merkulin
What is your athletic background?
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!
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The Basic Principle that Guarantees A Breakthrough

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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.

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Before You Lift Those Kettlebells, Try This…

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.

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The Best Fitness Hack: Hiring a Personal Trainer

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As a personal trainer who observes the inner workings of several gyms on a daily basis, it boggles my mind how reluctant people are to spend money on their fitness. People will spend exorbitant amounts of money on alcohol, fancy restaurants, giant TV’s, diet gimmicks, and Christmas gifts–but they can’t afford a couple hundred per month to optimize the most important thing they have: their health?
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