“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?
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.
I’ve had several readers ask me to talk about what it takes to be a successful Kettlebell Sport competitor in the Veteran age category (>50 years old) i.e. how to deal with slower recovery and a steeper learning curve. Since I’m not a Veteran lifter myself, I reached out to a Veteran lifter who earned a silver medal at the World Championships in 2014 as part of Team USA: Judi DeMuro. Continue reading →
When I was first told I should buy weightlifting shoes to lift kettlebells, I scoffed at the idea and thought there was no way the shoes would make a big enough difference to be worth spending $100-$200.
If you are a female Kettlebell Sport lifter, you should know the name Kim Fox.
Kim is blasting through the “glass ceiling” in Kettlebell Sport, so to speak. Historically, women have only been allowed to compete in Snatch. Kim and Chelsey Marr took a big step for female athletes a few short weeks ago by showing the world there is no reason women should not compete with two kettlebells – and heavy ones, at that.
Chelsey Marr (far right in video) is an up and coming Kettlebell Sport lifter, as she has only been lifting kettlebells for sport for six months. This only makes her achievements of snatching and long cycling the 24kg kettlebells even more impressive, since it takes many women (including yours truly) years to start lifting the green bell.
Here is an interview with the incredibly strong Chelsey from Texas Kettlebell Academy, who completed 21 repetitions with the 24kg bells.
Over Memorial Day weekend 2015, I traveled to Austin, Texas to compete in the Texas Open Kettlebell Sport Championships. I left with a couple of bags and my lifting shoes, and came home with an Absolute Champion trophy, a new PR, a weightlifting belt, tons of new kettle-friends, more kettlebell knowledge, great memories, and the desire to go back and visit again soon!
Now I don’t mean that one side of your body is better from an aesthetic standpoint (although you may beg to differ), but rather that when you are training unilateral movements, one side will almost always be more proficient than the other. Continue reading →