Kettlebell Sport is first and foremost an endurance sport, not a strength sport. Beginners often confuse the two and move up in weight too quickly, without realizing that it takes months for your joints, tendons, and ligaments to adapt to being under load for such a long period of time (compared to the few seconds spent under load in any other weightlifting sport). Unfortunately, this often leads to an overuse injury.
Beginners can avoid overuse injuries and prep their joints and tissues more effectively by incorporating isometric drills into their training, i.e. overhead hold, rack hold, farmer walk. These drills will build stability and strength, as well as teach the lifter how to relax in the rest positions. Continue reading →
Judging at a Kettlebell Sport competition is based on whether the athlete achieves “fixation” in the overhead position, meaning both the bell and the lifter freeze for a moment in time with all the joints locked out and in proper alignment. Continue reading →
While I’ve dabbled with using a belt for kettlebell lifting, I’m no expert on the subject. Instead of attempting to write a post on something I don’t have much experience with, I decided to outsource this post to my friend and fellow lifter BJ Bliffert, who has experimented with numerous belts for Kettlebell Sport lifting. Thanks to BJ for this great informational post!
Kettlebell Sport is like most sports, if you’re into it… you’re really into it. Some of us go deep into the rabbit hole looking for anything that can help eek out a few extra reps. Not so different from the obsessive golfer buying a driver to add 20-30 yards off the tee or the triathlete trying to shave grams of weight off their bikes.