- Stick to 8-12kg kettlebells until you master the technique.
Work on increasing TIME first, REPETITIONS second, WEIGHT last. Continue reading
Kettlebell Sport is growing in the United States, you can be sure of that, but its still not a household name. Much of the sport’s growth has come through social media, especially Facebook, which allows lifters from all over the world to share their training and ask others for help. This type of connection is invaluable to those who train Kettlebell Sport on their own, with literally no one else that can help them for miles around… Continue reading
When you start Kettlebell Sport, it’s natural to get excited and want to expedite the process by picking up the heavy bells before you are ready.
Let me tell you why this is not a good idea…
Snatch is arguably the most most challenging Kettlebell Sport event. Coaching an athlete to snatch requires a deep understanding of the technique and physics that come into play during the lift – a skill that can only be acquired through lots of doing and watching!
Here I’ve compiled some slo mo videos of my students and analyzed their lifting to help you figure out what to look for when coaching yourself and others:
“Nice rack” is an acceptable compliment in my world – one in which kettlebells abound.
Interview with AKA National Record Holder Christian Goldberg.
What is your athletic background?
When I was 13 my sister, tired of me bouncing off the walls, suggested I join her in an aerobics workout. Continue reading
The kettlebell swing is the basis of all other movements in Kettlebell Sport. If your swing does not abide by the laws of physics, you can bet your grip is not going to last 10 minutes.
Like many other Kettlebell Sport lifters, Paul White trains alone in his garage. Unlike many other lifters, however, Paul was able to coach himself to multiple Master of Sport titles with the 32kg – which is no easy feat WITH a coach! I asked Paul to share some insight on how to effectively self-coach in Kettlebell Sport. Read on to learn about his philosophy on training.
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?