Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Thursday 21/3/13

Return of a KBC benchmark workout tonight - none of the exercises are particularly easy and put together this is a tough one. Everyone gave it their all and there were some good times as a result. Well done all.

Welcome also to Toby to his first KBC

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Monday 18/3/13

Bit of a mix tonight, starting with double KB ascending ladder then a quick run. Finished it of with another ten minute round of the kettlebell ladder with the aim of matching or beating what you did in the first round.

Some hard work put in tonight so well done everyone

Friday, 15 March 2013

Thursday 14/3/13

Nice work by everyone last night, lapping up the pain with this run/KB combo. Well done everyone.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Monday 11/3/13

Started tonight with some ab work then onto the main workout with the aim of completing 10 minutes without putting the kettlebells down. Only the strongest survive!

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Thursday 7/3/13

Nice and simple one tonight split in to two parts.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Monday 4/3/13

Variation of an old classic tonight. 12 exercises, 2 minutes of each exercise. Good work everyone.
Welcome also to Sandra and Tom to their first KBC session.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Competition results!!

Congratulations to team GSU (Girevoy Sport Union) in their recent great results in Omsk Russia. The competition was with 24kg bells (16kg for women) and 7 minutes of each event - Jerk, Long Cycle, Snatch.

As an individual we could compete in all three events for a team total, however, some decided to leave out some events in order to get the best possible result in their favoured event.

Mark Stapleton won a bronze medal for an excellent result in Jerk, Long Cycle and Snatch.

Abigail Johnson pretty much cleaned up in every event and showed the women how it was done! This is no mean feat as Russia is the birth place of Kettlebells and kettlebell Sport so we are competing against the best.

The rest of the team work the hearts out in every event to contribute towards our team total.

I left out the jerk event so I could give my all in the Long Cycle and I did!
My main rival was Anton Anasenko's student Eduard Openlender. He is Junior Champion of Russia and already master of Sports rank at age 19!!!! They are a different breed out here and it was going to be tough.

The set started well but my pace was already fast. 50 seconds in and I was already on 12 reps. I did 13 by the end of the first minute and glanced at Eduards total two platforms down. He was on thirteen too and for the next 6 minutes a battle of sheer will and stubbornness ensued. We traded rep for rep at a pace which was uncomfortable for three minutes let alone 7. When it came down to it Eduard finished 88 reps and with 10 seconds to go I managed to clean and jerk my 88th rep as well. It was as close as it could get but thankfully I drew with him.
The unfortunate thing is he was 2lbs lighter than me and as it was a co-efficient competition the lighter person wins. I ended up with a 3rd place which I am over the moon about considering the standard of competition.

I think the Russians were shocked by us as a team considering most of us have had no formal training and especially no training from multiple world champions.
The team eventually took second place, beating Team Kazakhstan who also have some incredible lifters. Well Done Team GSU - let's hope this is a sign of things to come.

Eddie Sheehan (left) Will Dollar (right)

Video will follow upon my return along with full write up of the trip.