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The Coach Behind America’s Best Teen Kettlebell Athletes

Sara Nelson was the first person I met in the kettlebell world and one of my biggest role models in the sport. She conducted my interview for an intern position at Ice Chamber Athletic Performance Training, where I was introduced to Sport and worked for three years. As one of the Ice Chamber Kettlebell Girls, Sara was one of the first female lifters to travel the world as a kettlebell athlete. Nowadays, she coaches a majority of the Ice Chamber team – including teen phenom kettlebell athletes Rylee Reeves (first American junior to podium at the IUKL World Championships) and Miranda Robbeloth (youngest American female Master of Sport). Read the interview below to learn about Sara’s coaching and lifting philosophy.


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Interview with MSIC and Master Coach Gregor Sobocan

When I think of people who have tons of knowledge about Kettlebell Sport and its training methodologies, Gregor Sobocan jumps to mind. Not only has he written a book about the training methods for Kettlebell Sport, but he has tried and tested numerous protocols of training on himself. Some of his workouts seem so masochistic, I’m not sure I would ever want to train with him (oh, who am I kidding, I’m totally masochistic too!). Despite all the crazy training, Gregor has achieved great results in competition, earning him the title of Master of Sport International Class. What I find more intriguing than his personal success in the sport, however, is that he has coached multiple athletes to Master of Sport and MSIC level as well. Learn more about Gregor in the interview below!  Continue reading

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The Librarian of Girevoy Sport

Aaron Vyvial might be the most knowledgeable person about everything kettle in the United States, or maybe even the world. If you want to know anything at all about kettlebells ranging from history to technique to what the latest kettlebell Facebook thread is about, he’s your man. If there was a library containing books about Girevoy Sport, Aaron would be the librarian to field your questions to. Not only is he in the know and he knows it, but he’s got the experience to back it up. Aaron is one of the only people in the world to have spent as much time learning from the Kettlebell Sport greats as he has – Rachinskiy, Mishin, Denisov, Dedyukhina, Vasilev, the list goes on. He is also the owner of one of the only Kettlebell Sport only gyms in the world (Texas Kettlebell Academy), which hosts a team of impressive athletes. Let’s learn a little more about the “librarian of GS”, who also happens to be America’s only Ketacademy Master Coach*. Continue reading

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When your training program works like magic…

The biggest reward of being a coach is when your training program works like magic and your student meets their goal in competition.

As a lifter and a coach, I am constantly learning new elements to writing training programs and teaching different individuals. Continue reading

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Champions don’t make the best coaches

So you can talk, walk, run, and jump – but can you teach someone else how to do it?

If you’ve been doing something for so long that no conscious effort is required, it’s not always easy to remember what it felt like before you knew how to do it.

You don’t need to be a champion to be a great coach. Continue reading

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I’m doing this for YOU…

Happy Friday! This weekend I’m heading to Like Minded Jiu-Jitsu in Phoenix, Arizona to teach a Kettlebell Sport workshop. I’m super excited to say the least!

Kettlebell Sport is growing in the United States, you can be sure of that, but its still not a household name. Much of the sport’s growth has come through social media, especially Facebook, which allows lifters from all over the world to share their training and ask others for help. This type of connection is invaluable to those who train Kettlebell Sport on their own, with literally no one else that can help them for miles around… Continue reading

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