This past weekend marked my first time competing at the All-American Kettlebell Sport Championship at Mr. Olympia, and my first trip to Las Vegas! While you would probably have to pay me to ever go back to Las Vegas again (I’m not a nightlife person), I had fun slinging bells, bonding with my teammates, connecting with kettle-friends, and exploring the craziness of the expo.
The competition pool was much smaller than in previous years, but KOR was well-represented with 7 athletes.
Thank you, Brittany, for giving me an opportunity to use your blog to describe the AKA’s Vintage Strength events. Please also accept my congratulations on your North American TALC 16kg record! That seems very appropriate for this post!
As I heard it described at AKA Nationals 2015, watching a Kettlebell Sport competition can be “like watching paint dry, until the last few minutes”; at least for those who are not fully immersed in the land of kettle.
If you understand what the competition is all about and the incredible feats of strength that are on display, however, spectating the competition becomes much more interesting.
What is your athletic background? I played a few sports in high school, nothing intensely, and then after college, I joined a gym to take group fitness classes, which led to strength and conditioning workouts, which led to Kettlebell Sport.
In my effort to provide easy access to relevant Kettlebell Sport information on KB Fit Britt, I started compiling records for American Kettlebell Sport lifters. I will keep adding to this and eventually have a succinct list of Kettlebell Sport records for American lifters.
For simplification, I limited the pool to American Kettlebell Association (AKA) competitions and 16kg+ kettlebell weight events.
I just registered for the USA Nationals in Chicago – it’s time for me to step up and earn my ticket to Dublin. I know I will have some tough competition, but I’m glad – it means I will need to push myself to my limits in training for a chance to win gold in August! Continue reading →