Category Archives: Fitness

One side of your body is better than the other

Now I don’t mean that one side of your body is better from an aesthetic standpoint (although you may beg to differ), but rather that when you are training unilateral movements, one side will almost always be more proficient than the other.  Continue reading

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Kettlebells in Colorado!

I taught an introductory workshop on Kettlebell Sport at Ridgeline Fitness in Grand Junction, Colorado on May 2. I was excited to have a room full of enthusiastic, able lifers ready to learn a unique new skill!

One of the best parts of coaching is when students become the teacher and start helping each other, which definitely happened during this workshop: Continue reading

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Take everything you learned and throw it out the window

When it comes to the proper pattern of breath for Kettlebell Sport, you can take everything you’ve learned about breathing for any other type of weightlifting and throw it out the window.

While hard-style or the general fitness style of lifting kettlebells employs biomechanical breathing – to match the high tension created in the body for explosive power – Kettlebell Sport employs an entirely different style of breathing. Continue reading

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I’m doing this for YOU…

Happy Friday! This weekend I’m heading to Like Minded Jiu-Jitsu in Phoenix, Arizona to teach a Kettlebell Sport workshop. I’m super excited to say the least!

Kettlebell Sport is growing in the United States, you can be sure of that, but its still not a household name. Much of the sport’s growth has come through social media, especially Facebook, which allows lifters from all over the world to share their training and ask others for help. This type of connection is invaluable to those who train Kettlebell Sport on their own, with literally no one else that can help them for miles around… Continue reading

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If you want to go UP, you must first go DOWN

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The thing I love and hate about Kettlebell Sport is how freakin’ long it takes to progress, especially when you start lifting the heavier bells (20kg and above).

Initially, shifting to the heavier bells requires time because you need to build up the joint strength to be able to support the bell overhead safely for 10 minutes. Once you get past that point, progress is still slow because of the mental challenge of lifting such a heavy bell, as well as the fact that every small change in your technique requires you to go back down to the lighter bells to fix. 

Yes, in order to go UP – you must first go DOWN!

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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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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!
I started lifting weights Continue reading
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