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“Kettlebell lifting… continues to transform me”

Interview with AKA National Record Holder Christian Goldberg. 

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What is your athletic background?

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7 Ingredients to Becoming a Master of Sport

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.

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If you want to go UP, you must first go DOWN

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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!

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Kettlebell Sport for Weight Loss… Effective or Not?

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?

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

Interview with Master of Sport Chris Doenlen.

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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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