Category Archives: Kettlebell Sport History

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Making Kettlebell History in Georgia

The best aspect of traveling to teach Kettlebell Sport workshops is seeing the growth of the sport up close. Last October, I taught a workshop in Georgia that was attended by 7 people. I remember Jenn Casey – organizer of the workshop and founder of Georgia Kettlebell Sport – expressing a bit of frustration about the lack of interest in Kettlebell Sport in the area and how she was not sure there would ever be enough participants to host an actual kettlebell competition.

A lot can change in 9 months…

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America’s Top Kettlebell Sport Lifters

All American Master of Sport lifters to date, 10 minute events only. For corrections and updates, please email info@kbfitbritt.com.


Aaron Guyett
Master of Sport 32kg Long Cycle (Ketacademy) – 2015
Master of Sport 32kg Biathlon (Ketacademy) – 2016

Ada Wong
Master of Sport 20kg OALC (IKFF) – 2014

Ashley Hughes
Master of Sport 16kg Biathlon (WKC) – 2007

Avery Wittkamp
Master of Sport 20 kg Snatch (IKFF) – 2015
Master of Sport International Level 16kg Snatch (IGSF) – 2014

Bill Esch
Master of Sport International Class 32kg Long Cycle (Ketacademy) – 2014
Master of Sport 32kg Long Cycle (AKA) – 2015

Bonnie Mullaney 
Master of Sport 20kg OALC (WKC) – 2009

Brittany van Schravendijk
Master of Sport 24kg OALC (AKA) – 2014
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Lorraine Patten looks back on early years of Kettlebell Sport

Hi everyone! This interview with Lorraine Patten is the fourth in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea!


  1. What is your athletic background?
    Life long athletic endeavors.  Team and individual sports.  Mostly endurance. I spent 10 years doing martial arts – I got tired of being the class rag doll, which led me to strength training.  Every trainer I met was only interested in body building, so I searched the internet for a trainer who would do purely strength training and I found Pavel Tsatsouline. I ordered his Power to the People book and deadlifted my ass off.  I really came to trust him as a wonderful trainer.

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Master of Sport after 11 failed attempts: Marty Farrell

Hi everyone! This interview with Marty Farrell, the first American male Master of Sport,  is the third in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea!


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First female Master of Sport talks Valery Federenko and changing standards for women

Hi everyone! This interview with Catherine Imes, the first American female Master of Sport in Snatch,  is the second in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea!


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Interview with the First American Master of Sport in Long Cycle

Hi everyone! This interview with Scott Helsley, the first American Master of Sport in Long Cycle,  is the first in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea! 


 

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