Archive for August, 2009

Finnish Championship of Kettlebell Lifting

Finnish championship of kettlebell lifting
This Saturday – August 29 was the first Championship of kettlebell lifting in Finland. This indicates a development of kettlebell lifting in Finland. The competition was with on the following rules:
– Men and women competed in the biathlon – push and jerk
– Women had two classes athletes: with kettlebells 12 kg and 16 kg
– For men was three classes athletes: with kettlebells 16 kg, 24 kg and 32 kg.
– For weight categories were divided only men who participated with kettlebells 24 kg. They had two categories: up to 85 kg and over 85 kg.
In the championship participated 16 men and 5 women. They was from 13 different cities. The best result of men with kettlebells 32 kg – 32 for jerk and 74 for snatch. The best result of women with a kettlebell 16 kg – 168 for jerk and 88 for snatch.
After this championship in Finland will be gathered a team to participate in the World Championship in Tallinn.

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One of my jerk-trainings

Today I want to tell you about one of my trainings. I perfect to train together with someone from my students. Yesterday we practiced with Vitaly Krupennikov (he is KMS, his body weight is 80 kg). The purpose of training was to work in jerk 32 kg at a good pace.

We performed the following exercises:
1. Jerk kettlebells 32 kg 8 sets per 1 minute. Rest 1 minute. We jerked by turn. My results was: 10/11/11/11/12/13/15/16. Results of Vitaly was: 11/11/11/11/12/13/14/15. Let me remind you – rest between sets was 1 minute!
2. Squats 70 kg 3 / 7
3. High jumps 1 / 25 + 1 / 30 + 1 / 25
4. Pullups 2 / 10
5. Jogging 2 km (for muscle relaxation)

Valentin's jerk of kettlebell
I jerk kettlebells 32 kg

Vitaly's jerk of kettlebells
Vitaly jerks kettlebells 32 kg

It was a training for jerk. The next time I’ll describe one of the trainings for snatch.

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Kettlebell Lifting in Finland

The Finnish Kettlebell AssociationGirevoy Sport, Kettlebell Sports, is relatively new in Finland but it’s getting more popular every year. Finns have participated to international competitions since 2006, when Marko Suomi went to the World Championships in Ogre, Latvia for the first time. After that Finland has always had a team competing in Ventspils Atlants tournament, and teams and individuals competing in the USA, Germany and Russia. 2008 Simo Kurvinen took the 3rd place in the European Championships in Latvia. March 2009 Kukka Laakso competed in Columbus, in the Arnold Sport Festival and won the silver medal in biathlon.

Finnish women compete in Biathlon. Snatch, but One Arm Jerks and One Orm Long Cycle as well.

The first official National Championships will be held August 29th in Hameenlinna. Among this the Finnish gireviks also organize smaller local competitions at least twice in a year – for example the CrossWorld competition in co-operation with other countries, which has became a nice tradition. Girevoy Sport works with close co-operation with the National Weightlifting Federation.


In Finland there is few local GS-clubs around the country and thanks to enthusiastic lifters and athletes they will probably have more clubs within few years. It’s pretty common that most of the Finnish GS-lifters train by themselves. There isn’t that many actual coaches yet, but the lifters travel and go to different workshops to learn. Some lifters do have coaches. Few men are coached by Sergey Rachinskiy and a female lifter Kukka Laakso is coached by American lifter and coach Catherine Imes. Hopefully in the future we will have Finnish coaches and more lifters too.

Kettlebells are quite popular in Finland. Not as actual GS-sport yet, but as training equipments. Many gyms have kettlebells and some group sessions, but it’s more about fitness than sports.

Kettlebell lifting in Finland

Kettlebell lifting in Finland



For more information check the website of the The Finnish Kettlebell Association (http://kahvakuula.fi/).

Thanks Kukka Laakso for information.

Records of kettlebell lifting at different points of the Earth

onlinekettlebellcoach_ejovLast year, 62-year old athlete from Russia Anatoly Yezhov set records of kettlebell lifting (girevoy sport) in various locations around the world. He jerked, snatched, long cycle and pressed kettlebells 12 or 16 kg. He lifted kettlebells 1 minute or 3 minutes for each exercises.
Anatoly Yezhov – the first athlete in the world, competing with kettlebells and established world records in the geographic North Pole at the top of Elbrus, the Kilimanjaro, on the top of the volcano-Ngor Ngor and the South Pole (Antarctica). He have many records of “Record’s Book of Russia” and “Guinness World Records“.
Anatoly Yezhov – 4-times European champion and 10-times champion of Russia of kettlebell lifting among veterans.

Ventspils Atlants

ventspils09Last weekend in the Latvian city Ventspils traditionally went over International competition of kettlebell liftingVENTSPILS ATLANTS“.
There were applied for 14 countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Ukraine, Republic of Belarus, Russian Federation, France, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, USA and Ireland.
It was a “record of attendance” for the world kettlebell competition. Some countries (Ireland) do not have their own athletes but only official representatives. Total number of arrived participants was about 70 including 18 girls (girls and women).

On the first day boys and men (amateurs and masters) did jerk. In many weight categories there were a lot of good results, in many categories guys went abreast of each other showing attractive fight and professional results.
Besides there was a power juggling competition in pairs between breaks in kettlebell competition. Men and mixed pairs were presented here.

This competition is very popular among foreigners because this is the only world tournament with a separate class of amateurs working with 24-kg kettlebells. Motivation for athletes they do not have to compete with the masters and they will be able to identify the best athletes from the same level at the same time to get a medal this is the real proof of person’s expertise.


One of the best results had the guy from Slovenia – George, 27 years old, weight category up to 85 kg in the class of masters. He jerked 32kg kettlebells 82 times. Outstanding kettlebell lifters Edward Trusevich and Vasily Ginko marked this good result.


On the second day all 5 classes (girls, women, boys, men (amateurs) and men (masters)) competed the second exercise – snatch (with 12kg, 16kg, 16kg, 24kg and 32kg). Jugglers also competed in individual scoring.


But the main thing in these competitions was not participation but people from all over the world come together. They can share their experience, well-experienced athletes help beginners. Sometimes arises translation problem as far as not all can speak English. But then sign language comes to help and everything is clear for all ๐Ÿ™‚

And of course, after long and hard day an evening comes, it is the time when all gather together at the one table and share experience, phone numbers, addresses, e-mails and t-shirts ๐Ÿ™‚

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