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Steve Cotter on kettlebell history, Kettlebell Sport’s future, and returning to the platform

Steve Cotter is the founder of the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF) and one of the most well-known kettlebell experts in the fitness world. Countless people who currently compete in the Kettlebell Sport learned technique from Steve, who travels worldwide to teach kettlebell workshops. When I had lunch with Steve and his wife Samantha a few weeks ago, I got to know a lot about Steve’s background and the history of Kettlebell Sport in the U.S. (which you all know is something I love to post about) – as well as that Steve will be competing again in the near future! 


When did you first get interested in health and fitness?

In its origin as a young boy in upstate NY, playing a lot outdoors by myself, climbing trees, hiking by the local streams, exploring in the woods. More formally, when I moved to California in 1982, when I was 12 years old. Then I started serious study of Chinese internal martial arts.

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Master of Sport after 11 failed attempts: Marty Farrell

Hi everyone! This interview with Marty Farrell, the first American male Master of Sport,  is the third in a series of posts about U.S. Kettlebell Sport history. While many of us are only a few years or just a few weeks/months into lifting kettlebells, there is a small group of American lifters that were competing back in the early 2000’s who were the real trailblazers of the sport. 

These posts are meant to educate and inform about the roots of Girevoy Sport in America. 

Shoutout to John Wild Buckley for sparking the idea!


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