“You’re more likely to hurt your back doing hardstyle kettlebell swings.”
“Kettlebell Sport is the lazy way to lift kettlebells.”
There are many communities within the world of kettlebell lifting. Even within each style there are multiple governing organizations that lead certifications and teach varying lifting techniques. The people that compete in Kettlebell Sport have a completely different method of training with kettlebells than those who do Kettlebell Hardstyle lifting – and these two groups are often at odds with each other.
So which group is right? Which style of kettlebell lifting is better, more efficient, and leads to more fitness gains?
I like to compare the difference between Kettlebell Sport and Kettlebell Hardstyle to the difference between running middle distance (800m) and running a sprint. While middle distance and sprinting are both essentially the same body movement, the technique used for the two varies greatly. Neither style is more right or wrong than the other – they are just different.
Main differences in Kettlebell Sport and Kettlebell Hardstyle
Here are a few of the main differences between Kettlebell Sport and Hardstyle kettlebell lifting:
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.
I just returned from a short but sweet trip to Georgia. I taught a Kettlebell Sport workshop at CrossFit Sweetwater in Douglasville, where I got to meet a group of my Facebook kettle-friends in person! My fellow Team USA member Teri even drove up from Sarasota, Florida to lift with us. Continue reading →
This past weekend marked my first time competing at the All-American Kettlebell Sport Championship at Mr. Olympia, and my first trip to Las Vegas! While you would probably have to pay me to ever go back to Las Vegas again (I’m not a nightlife person), I had fun slinging bells, bonding with my teammates, connecting with kettle-friends, and exploring the craziness of the expo.
The competition pool was much smaller than in previous years, but KOR was well-represented with 7 athletes.
If you’re planning to enter a Spartan race, use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% off your entry fee.
I’m no obstacle course race (OCR) expert, but I’ve completed two Tough Mudder races and know my way around the world of physical fitness.
I’ll be doing my first Spartan race at the end of September – the SoCal Beast in Temecula. Honestly, I won’t be doing a ton of preparation for the Spartan race. Kettlebell Sport training keeps me in great condition, and is my main focus. However, I have been increasing my running mileage and trying to work in some cross training every week.
The key to holistic health and balance is variety – I do so much kettlebell lifting that I have to force myself to take a step back every once in a while and mix it up! The Spartan race is a great opportunity to challenge myself – all while doing some bonding with the whole KOR Strength team.