“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?
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I like to compare the difference between Kettlebell Sport and Kettlebell Hardstyle to the difference between running middle distance (800m) and running a sprint. While middle distance and sprinting are both essentially the same body movement, the technique used for the two varies greatly. Neither style is more right or wrong than the other – they are just different.
Main differences in Kettlebell Sport and Kettlebell Hardstyle
Here are a few of the main differences between Kettlebell Sport and Hardstyle kettlebell lifting:
Girevoy Sport (GS) style kettlebell competition events: Biathlon, Long Cycle, and Snatch. Depending on the organization running the event, women may be allowed to lift two kettlebells for Biathlon and Long Cycle. Both men and women lift one kettlebell for Snatch.
Kettlebell Sport Bolt style competition events: Single Kettlebell Jerk, Single Kettlebell Snatch, Single Kettlebell Clean & Jerk, Double Kettlebell Jerk, Double Kettlebell Snatch, Double Kettlebell Clean & Jerk. Both men and women can compete in any and all events.