One of the things that made me fall in love with Kettlebell Sport training was the fact that it was the most difficult type of workout I had ever done. If you know me, you know I like a challenge, and this challenged me like nothing else. Not just technically, but physically and mentally as well.
As a runner who thought she had pretty good cardio to begin with, I was shocked by how much training to last 10 minutes under a kettlebell improved my cardiovascular fitness. As someone who already trained with weights, I was pleasantly surprised to find how much my strength increased from lifting kettlebells for endurance. Continue reading →
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.
Interested in trying out Kettlebell Sport as a training methodology? This video incorporates one of the fundamental sport lifts, the kettlebell jerk, into a workout that will challenge the coordination and power of the legs, core, and upper body.
Growth of female participation in Kettlebell Sport
Female participation in Kettlebell Sport has grown tremendously since the early 2000’s, with heavy influence from the Ice Chamber Kettlebell Girls who started lifting and inspiring women worldwide in 2008. Over the past few years, the number of female Masters of Sport has begun to climb, and women have started clamoring for “equality of the sexes” in the sport, i.e. double kettlebell events for women. As people all across the globe began to chime in about whether or not women should lift two kettlebells, there was a clear discrepancy between the loudest voices and the female ones – and shouldn’t women’s voices be the ones that count? Continue reading →
“My only goal for starting the Rotterdam Kettlebell Academy was to grow Kettlebell Sport in the Netherlands.” – Barry Andre, owner
A small country of 16 million people is not exactly where you would expect a “hot spot” to be located. Especially not for the little-known sport of kettlebells, which is most often practiced in eastern European countries such as Russia, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Therefore I was pleasantly surprised to walk into the Rotterdam Kettlebell Academy on Sunday, December 20 to find my workshops packed full of enthusiastic new students ready to learn the nuances of Kettlebell Sport technique.
As far as I know, the Rotterdam Kettlebell Academy is the biggest Kettlebell Sport focused gym in the world.
My main goal for 2015 was to qualify for and compete at the IUKL World Championships in Dublin, Ireland. In the last week of November, I found myself up on the platform next to two of the top female lifters in Kettlebell Sport, lifting a 24kg kettlebell – exactly where I wanted to be. While my performance fell short of my expectations – 87 repetitions instead of the 95+ I was hoping for – I’m grateful for the experience and excited to improve for my next competition.