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Internal Dialogue of a Female Kettlebell Lifter: Part 2

Kettlebell Sport is an endurance sport more than anything else – not just of the body, but of the mind. Lifters push through an immense amount of discomfort to get through the mental and physical battle of a 10 minute set.”What were you thinking while you were lifting?” is a common question from spectators, and as an athlete you often wonder whether everyone else on the platform next to you is struggling as much as you are. This series of posts is a chance to get a glimpse into the mind of a wide variety of lifters of all nationalities while completing a 10 minute set – male, female, beginner, elite, Bolt style, Girevoy Sport style, etc. 

– KB Fit Britt


“So there I was… 140. My heart rate anticipating the countdown. Holy crap it was just 110 half an hour ago when I was playing with my kid. 50 reps. Five reps per minute is the plan. Every twelve seconds. 60, 48, 36, 24, 12. 60, 48, 36, 24, 12. I keep repeating the count. The goal has always been 50 reps. 165. My heart rate spikes 25 beats per minute as I grab hold of the bells. The thought of competition. The possibility of failing is serious for me. Is it healthy that it weighs so heavy? 3-2-1-go! The first minute is an all-out fight with myself not to rush to the finish. It takes all my power to wait out the first 12 seconds without moving the bells. That first rep always has way too much power behind it and I feel like I am going to fly off the platform. 175. Minute three and my nerves are settled. Now doubt enters my mind. Am I on pace to hit the numbers? Will I make the full ten minutes? Am I breathing too fast? How is my heart rate? Am I going to pee my pants? Oh crap, time for another rep. The urge to put the bells down is the strongest in the first three minutes. 180. Just past half way. Now it is a matter of will and conditioning. Attention is all on the count. 60. Go. 48. Go. 36. Go. And so on. My coach says this is the pace. Until I die. 188. Ninety seconds left. It is all heart at this point. The last three minutes is when I am mentally the strongest. Those minutes my brain is the bully on the school bus, and my body is way too scared to even think of putting the bells down. Then it’s all over and the bells hit the platform.”

Kimberly Fox, Kansas
World Record Holder in 2x24kg Long Cycle
Great Plains Kettlebell Club
www.foxfitnessbjj.com


“By now , I’ve done quite a lot of 10 minute sets (or even  longer) in two arm long cycle and this is what goes on  in my mind during the 10 minutes:

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Internal Dialogue of an Elite Kettlebell Lifter

Kettlebell Sport is an endurance sport more than anything else – not just of the body, but of the mind. Lifters push through an immense amount of discomfort to get through the mental and physical battle of a 10 minute set.”What were you thinking while you were lifting?” is a common question from spectators, and as an athlete you often wonder whether everyone else on the platform next to you is struggling as much as you are. This series of posts is a chance to get a glimpse into the mind of a wide variety of lifters of all nationalities while completing a 10 minute set – male, female, beginner, elite, Bolt style, Girevoy Sport style, etc. 

– KB Fit Britt

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Internal Dialogue of a Male Kettlebell Lifter

Kettlebell Sport is an endurance sport more than anything else – not just of the body, but of the mind. Lifters push through an immense amount of discomfort to get through the mental and physical battle of a 10 minute set.”What were you thinking while you were lifting?” is a common question from spectators, and as an athlete you often wonder whether everyone else on the platform next to you is struggling as much as you are. This series of posts is a chance to get a glimpse into the mind of a wide variety of lifters of all nationalities while completing a 10 minute set – male, female, beginner, elite, Bolt style, Girevoy Sport style, etc.  – KB Fit Britt Continue reading

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Everything you need to know about using a belt for kettlebell lifting

While I’ve dabbled with using a belt for kettlebell lifting, I’m no expert on the subject. Instead of attempting to write a post on something I don’t have much experience with, I decided to outsource this post to my friend and fellow lifter BJ Bliffert, who has experimented with numerous belts for Kettlebell Sport lifting. Thanks to BJ for this great informational post!


Kettlebell Sport is like most sports, if you’re into it… you’re really into it. Some of us go deep into the rabbit hole looking for anything that can help eek out a few extra reps. Not so different from the obsessive golfer buying a driver to add 20-30 yards off the tee or the triathlete trying to shave grams of weight off their bikes.

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Announcement from AKA President Yuri Petunovs

Thank you, Brittany, for giving me an opportunity to use your blog to describe the AKA’s Vintage Strength events. Please also accept my congratulations on your North American TALC 16kg record! That seems very appropriate for this post!

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Return to KB Sport Series #3: Will Metcalf

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Photo by Steve Burroughs.

I discovered Kettlebell Sport in 2008. My first competition was in 2009, where I competed in OALC… HAH then it all went down hill from there so to speak! I spent the next year and a half chasing my tail in terms of what to do with my lifting, but falling deeper in love with the sport. I remember at the Arnold Classic in 2010 I lifted 32kg for the Strong Sport event. I did 16 reps a side for four minutes –  and I thought I was hardcore. Then I saw Marty Farrell doing things I couldn’t imagine with 2x32kg. That was it – it was game time!   Continue reading

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Return to KB Sport Series #2: Emily Doenlen

My first competition was after just a few months of training in November of 2013. I competed with the 12kg and got 103 reps. In December I competed again with the same weight and got around 130 reps. After that, I figured I was ready to move up in bell weight and started transitioning up to the 16kg. I decided that the Cali Open in February 2014 would be my next goal.

Ten seconds before the completion of my 10-minute set of One Arm Long Cycle with the 16kg bell, I broke my arm. Continue reading

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Return to KB Sport Series #1: Doug Campbell

My swollen ankle after the sprain.

Five weeks out from the 2014 OKC NorCal Open Kettlebell Sport competition, I severely rolled my ankle on the job. The first action I took was call an advice nurse and schedule an X-ray after the swelling went down. The X-ray revealed a severe sprain in the ligaments that run over the top of the foot. Instructions were to ice, rest, and elevate for a day then wrap the foot up. Continue reading

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Moving beyond the ranks by Avery Wittkamp

Winning first place out of a pool of one can be a little hollow.

How many Kettlebell Sport lifters out there can relate to that statement?

Avery Wittkamp knows this all too well. Here is her story of how her journey in the sport led her to focus on moving beyond the ranks. Continue reading

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