Category Archives: Kettlebell

“You have to be ready to die on the platform”

Interview with Master of Sport Chris Doenlen.

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Photo by Sergei Merkulin
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!
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Where Have You Done It?

Guest Post by Sherry Mel Murphy

So, uh, not to get too personal, but…. Where have you done it?

The beauty of kettlebell exercise is its inherent portability. If you have a bell, you have a workout. But, while having a bell is easy, having a kettlebell gym is, alas, still hard to come by in many locations. I was first introduced to kettlebells at KBNY gym on Long Island. But I’ve since moved 200 miles north. Now, I’m relegated to practicing in the basement, one of two ‘members’ of the Saratoga Springs Kettlebell Club.
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The Basic Principle that Guarantees A Breakthrough

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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.

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Canada’s Self-Trained Master of Sport

As a mostly self-trained and coached athlete, Canadian Master of Sport Kathryn Golbeck has gone through numerous progressions and regressions in training during her kettlebell journey. Read the following interview to discover the lessons she learned and how you can apply them to your own practice!

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1.     What is your athletic background? 

My athletic background includes cross-country skiing, rock climbing, hiking, running, road bike riding…anything that gets me outside and active. I have always used weight training to supplement my other sports. I have done marathons and shorter distance races and triathlons, as well as cross-country ski races. Currently, my competitive focus is on Kettlebell Sport and other sports are supplementary. This winter I have also skied a lot, which definitely helps my conditioning for kettlebells.

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Before You Lift Those Kettlebells, Try This…

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.

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What Do Waffles, Guinness, and Kettlebells Have in Common?

Interview with Jason Sanchez
AKA Candidate for Master of Sport, 73kg Weight Class
Best result: 125 points in 28kg Biathlon (Jerk 65, Snatch 120) at New Jersey Ironbell Challenge in June 2014

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One of the ways I want to use KB Fit Britt is to promote Kettlebell Sport – providing education, information, and entertainment to both those who are just starting out in the sport, and those who have been competing for years. Interviewing fellow Kettlebell Sport athletes is a fun way to bring faces and names to the sport, as well as provide insight and advice on training – especially since many lifters in the United States train on their own.

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There’s Nothing Wrong with a Healthy Dose of Failure

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A few weeks ago I traveled back to the Ice Chamber for the annual West Coast Classic competition. This was my first time lifting at the professional level (24kg) in a Kettlebell Sport competition, and I definitely felt some pressure to perform in front of my IC friends and coaches.

Here are my Jerk and Snatch sets from the competition:

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Kettlebell Sport – Life as a House

Today I’m bringing you a guest post from Master of Sport kettlebell lifter Renee Martynuik. If you’ve ever been to a competition with Renee, you definitely know who she is – she’s the person who was cheering for you even if you had no idea who she was.
Renee completely embodies the welcoming attitude and supportive environment that makes Kettlebell Sport so fun to compete in. Here are a few wise words from her four years of Kettlebell Sport lifting and coaching experience.

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