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Kettlebell Sport Manifesto

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Why the Communist System cannot take us to the Olympics.

Kettlebell Sport in America and on the worldwide stage has now reached a crisis stage. It is sad for me to realize this, and difficult for me to tell you that our sport is the biggest joke in sports right now. On a weekly basis in the social media we are seeing bogus ranks, medals and titles given with absolutely ...

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The toughest judge in kettlebells

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My name is Nicholas Schodtler -I am the WKC Chief Judge. I have been “groomed,” so to speak, by Valery Fedorenko regarding the aspects of accurately Judging Lifters from beginners to the very highest level in the world for years. I’ve been a Judge at the World Kettlebell Club World Lifting Championships for the past several years and have watched literally thousands of hours of video of Lifters from all levels.

Accurately Judging a ...

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5 Reasons I Love Kettlebells

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As a Chiropractic Physician and Strength and Conditioning Coach I am always looking at new exercise devices and training methods. In my time in both health care and fitness I have seen a lot of tools come and go. Some are revolutionary, some silly. I found the kettlebell seven years ago and I continue to find new reasons why it is one of the best, if not the best, training tool out there. I am certainly ...

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Anti-Fixometer fuzzy logic points

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What if an athlete told you he was sure his heart rate monitor was wrong? He knows his heart rate is 220 even though the technology says it is only 180. He can’t prove it, but he just knows this thing is wrong. In fact they are ALL wrong, none of the heart rate monitors he has tried can correctly monitor him. Would you believe this athlete’s nonsense?

Of course you wouldn’t. Yet people make the ...

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Gregor, No Sobocan’t.

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(Discriminators, Slanderers, Defamers, and Bullies in the Fitness Industry)

I work in the Fitness Business, so I’m very familiar with megalomaniacs. I also work with athletes in a grueling sport, so I have had a special “education” in dealing with ego. A few days ago I was absolutely appalled by something I would never have expected, even from a Kettlebell Sport athlete who is also a Personal Trainer. Don’t get me wrong, some of you people are pretty cool. Some of ...

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Misalignment in Kettlebell Lifting

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In a recent YouTube video entitled “Kettlebell Competition Tips,” Coach Fedorenko discusses a few things to look for to ensure that every rep counts during competition. At 16:04 into the video, Coach demonstrates misalignments that he has seen when a lifter attempts fixation. An important question arises when watching this: “Why would a lifter do that?” The quick answer is compensation. Compensation is how the body gets the job done no matter what. The musculoskeletal system ...

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Antoni Stojak is not a Pleb!

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After years of blogging and forum posts about my zeal for Kettlebell Sport, I found myself enjoying reading others’ diatribes, facebook posts, and comments. Well, Dammit! Antoni Stojak did it. The crazy Australian son of a bitch brought me out of my blogging hiatus!

Where did it all begin?

I had the pleasure and honor of coaching Australia’s best female lifter Emily Friedel from 2009-2011. Emily came to the USA in November of 2009 ...

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VF Precision Kettlebell destroys the competition

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Valery Fedorenko has a lot of experience not only lifting kettlebells, but making them too. WKC® was the first company to source and make competition kettlebells available in the USA. Watch the video below as VF demonstrates to you why you should never judge a kettlebell by its beauty. You are about to see two beautiful new kettlebells smashed together, but only the VF Precision Continue Reading →

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The role of the shoulder in kettlebell fixation

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Overhead lifting is an important part of many foundational exercises, but it’s particularly important for Kettlebell Sport. So what keeps lifters from reaching their goals and achieving their desired results? The most common “weak link” is the shoulder complex.

The shoulder is made up of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone) and the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tendons. The shoulder joint is called the glenohumeral joint ...

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The science of kettlebell fixation

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At WKC® we take fixation very seriously. If a lifter cannot demonstrate this on every single repetition to the satisfaction of our judges, they will not be awarded a point.

Fixation Definition:
The kettlebell maintains < = 0.08G acceleration for >= 0.3 seconds, after the body is aligned and still.

We know from experience that fixation generally takes a well trained judge about a second to recognize. While judges may have the best of intentions, making over 100 split second decisions ...

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