An Introduction to Kettlebell Sport (Gs) Lifting

A review of my first experience with the sport of kettlbell lifting.

So this afternoon my girlfriend and I drove down to Duluth, GA to visit Scott Shetler at Extreme Fitness and Conditioning. Scott is the WKC Master Trainer who certified me as one of the very first WKC Combat Athlete Specialists back in July. Today he was hosting a clinic for people who were interested in getting started in the sport of kettlebell lifting (also known as girevoy sport, or GS, for short).

Scott managed to pack a lot of information into the two hour seminar. So much, in fact, that it went for three and a half hours, and it could have easily gone longer. This was in NO way a bad thing. He’s a fantastic coach with a lot of knowledge and practical experience in the sport (he’s currently Rank 2 and working towards Rank 1). We covered technical aspects of all three lifts that comprise the two traditional events in kettlebell sport.

We began with the biathlon event, which consists of the jerk and the snatch. After some instruction and a demonstration of the jerk, Scott broke us up into groups and had us lift while he walked around making corrections and giving advice. Typically, GS events go for 10 minutes. We did 3 minute sets, and they were challenging enough. After both groups did two sets, we moved on to the second part of biathlon, the snatch. Once again, we received instruction and a demo, and then we got to try for ourselves. We then moved on to the second event (and the one that I’m the most interested in), the long cycle. After more instruction, a demo, and some lifting of our own, Scott concluded the “hands on” part of the clinic.

Scott then sat us down and went over some the ways to prepare for a meet. After about 45 minutes or so, I had a MUCH better idea of how to start getting myself (or a client) ready to do a continuous ten minute kettlebell set. Basically, you better be ready to put in almost daily work for a few months. Unfortunately, we couldn’t hang around after the clinic was over, but I have ZERO complaints. After all, the whole thing only cost $50 per person. You’d be lucky to get one hour with a regular personal trainer for that price, much less three and half hours with someone that has Scott’s qualifications. All in all, it was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

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