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?
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!
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.
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.
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? Continue reading →
Today was my first official day teaching at Pacific Coast Kettlebells. I had 5 lovely ladies attend (one is missing from the picture) and they kicked butt working out and slinging kettlebells! I thought I’d take this opportunity to highlight 5 reasons to love group fitness.
When I attempt to explain to someone the sport I compete in, I tell them that I lift something that looks like a bowling ball with a handle, over my head, somewhere between 100 and 200 times in ten minutes. Sounds a little crazy, right?
When I started working at Point Loma Sports Club, I was so excited to discover that one of my favorite fitness bloggers, Gina from The Fitnessista, also works there! I took one of her Zumba classes and introduced myself as one of her fans. She’s the first “blog celebrity” I’ve met in person!