Just to make you all aware of a couple of changes to the regular schedule over the next few weeks-
Firstly we are moving back the Throwdown from Saturday 23rd June to Saturday 30th June.
The format will not change (9am-12pm throwdown followed by a BBQ) we are simply moving the date back by 1 week because on the weekend of the 23rd/24th June we are hosting a Kettlebell Instructors course run by Optimal Life Fitness at the gym between 9am-5pm.
Secondly this will also mean that Saturday and Sunday’s class schedule will also change slightly to accomodate for the course that will be running.
We will only be running 1 CrossFit class on the 23rd from 7am-8am but there will be the added bonus of open gym throughout the entire day on Saturday and Sunday if people do still want to come in and train there is still the opportunity to do so. There will also be a Met Con class on Sunday morning between 8am-8:45am as well as open gym between 9am-5pm.
If you have any questions please let us know- thanks for your understanding.
Pete & Mike
It’s on again people. The OLF Training centre in London is hosting the Trojans Lifting Club’s Kettlebell Sport Competition.
Last year we took part in this comp and it was a blast- great people, hosts and atmosphere! Since then we have developed a close friendship with BJ Rule who runs the Training Centre and we will return this year with more athletes representing Hells Kettlebells.
In 2010 there were over 40 competitors from all over Europe competing in the Jerk and Snatch. There were teams from Germany, Wales, Ireland and Slovenia. In 2011 plans are to make it even bigger. With over 12 weeks to train and get yourselves ready people there really isn’t any reason why you shouldn’t be competing!
If you’ve ever thought about entering a Kettlebell Sport Competition then this is your chance.
What is a Biathlon Competition?
The Biathlon is a two event competition. The two events are the Jerk and the Snatch. Men compete with 2 bells in the Jerk and women compete with 1 bell in the Jerk with one switch/ change permitted. The Snatch for both men and women is a one hand Snatch with one change/ switch permitted.
For both lifts there is a maximum of 10 minutes allowed.
In the Jerk the bell/s move from the rack position to the overhead lockout/ fixation position and must not be lowered back to the rack position until the judge has counted/ judged the repetition. The bells must not touch the shoulders or touch the ground. Once the bells have touched the ground the event is finished.
In the Snatch the bell moves from a hang position to the overhead lockout/ fixation position in one uninterrupted movement. The bell cannot touch any part of the shoulder or the body and must not be pressed out. If the bell is pressed out or not fixated on three consecutive repetitions then the set is terminated. There is one change of hands permitted. Once the bell is on the ground the set is terminated.
How do I start training for the Competition?
If you’ve been training with bells the next step is to start performing timed sets. If you can get to 5 minutes in the Jerk at this stage and 6minutes (3minutes each hand) in the Snatch then you have plenty of time to get yourself ready for 10 minutes of each event with the same size bell or even to progress to a heavier bell. The objective is to find a pace that you are comfortable to Jerk for 5 minutes 6-10 reps per minute is a good starting point. From here try and increase your time until you get to minutes. The same applies in the Snatch.
What size bells?
For the men we will have the following categories: 20kg; 24kg; 28kg; 32kg
For the women we will have the following categories: 12kg; 16kg
Get involved people. There is plenty of time to get yourselves ready and there is also plenty of information out there, including info on this site as to how you can train for the comp.
We’ll be giving you plenty of tips in the weeks leading up to the comp. So stay tuned.
Ever since we started lifting kettlebells about 18 months ago we wanted to create a kettlebell lifting club for people to enjoy the benefits of training in a group environment with a shared goal of improving to a level where we could compete in regular competitions.
We are pleased to announce that the birth of Hell’s Kettlebells Lifting Club is now here!
For those of you who don’t know much about the sport side of kettlebell training, kettlebell sport is arguably one of the toughest sports on the planet. We train in all the classic Girevoy Sport lifts. Snatch, Clean, Jerk, Press, Push Press, Swing.
The idea is to lift continuously for 10mins without putting the bells down. Men commonly use two bells for the biathlon (Jerk and Snatch) with women using 1 bell and changing arms after 5 minutes. If you think you’re tough maybe you should give this sport a go!
The biathlon consists of the Jerk and Snatch and are two separate lifts and the Long cycle is one event where you lift using the clean and jerk method.
We will be following in the foot steps of our good friends from the Kilkenny Kettlbell Club, Trojan’s Lifting Club and The Brighton Girevik Club in bringing this great sport to the people of Cardiff.
Our 1st session will take place on Saturday 12th Feb @ 11am at our training facility. We will talk through technique, lifts, methods of implementing training and goal setting.
Upcoming events to train for are The Irish Kettlebell Sport Open Championships in July and our own open competition later in the 2011 calender.
Any body who is interested or would like to know more details please contact me at: email@example.com