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Kettlebell Sport v. Kettlebell Hardstyle – Which is BETTER

“You’re more likely to hurt your back doing hardstyle kettlebell swings.” 

“Kettlebell Sport is the lazy way to lift kettlebells.” 

There are many communities within the world of kettlebell lifting. Even within each style there are multiple governing organizations that lead certifications and teach varying lifting techniques. The people that compete in Kettlebell Sport have a completely different method of training with kettlebells than those who do Kettlebell Hardstyle lifting – and these two groups are often at odds with each other.

So which group is right? Which style of kettlebell lifting is better, more efficient, and leads to more fitness gains?

Here’s where you’re expecting me to say “it depends.”  Continue reading

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How to prepare for an obstacle course race

If you’re planning to enter a Spartan race, use the code SPARTANBLOGGER to get 10% off your entry fee. 


I’m no obstacle course race (OCR) expert, but I’ve completed two Tough Mudder races and know my way around the world of physical fitness.

I’ll be doing my first Spartan race at the end of September – the SoCal Beast in Temecula. Honestly, I won’t be doing a ton of preparation for the Spartan race. Kettlebell Sport training keeps me in great condition, and is my main focus. However, I have been increasing my running mileage and trying to work in some cross training every week.

The key to holistic health and balance is variety – I do so much kettlebell lifting that I have to force myself to take a step back every once in a while and mix it up! The Spartan race is a great opportunity to challenge myself – all while doing some bonding with the whole KOR Strength team.

Here are a few tips to prepare for an OCR: Continue reading

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3 Core Stabilization Drills

I have a flexible lower back, and when I snatch a kettlebell I tend to round my lower back. No matter what I do and how hard I have tried to fix it over the past couple years, nothing has worked… yet.

Ms. KOR aka Kristen suggested I focus on core stabilization, so I am going to incorporate a few drills every day in the hopes this will cue my core to work harder when I snatch… Continue reading

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