“Nice rack” is an acceptable compliment in my world – one in which kettlebells abound.
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!
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?
Interview with Master of Sport Chris Doenlen.
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.
Let me back track… Continue reading
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?
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?