Fitness Expert Lorna Kleidman Responds to Kettlebells Sport Competitions

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Lorna Kleidman comments on the popularity of kettlebells after this month's first-ever Kettlebell Sport Classic competition in Richmond, California.

On February 26, Lorna Kleidman responds to an article published in the Richmond Confidential recounting the first annual kettlebell sports competition hosted at Richmond’s Ice Chamber.

The Richmond Confidential article describes the competition as a diverse gathering of participants. 39 international competitors from ages twelve to sixty “competed at Richmond’s Ice Chamber to see who could lift cannonball-like weights over their heads the most times in the Bay Area’s first-ever Kettlebell Sport Classic.” The competition featured kettlebells from their lightest weight of seventeen pounds all the way up to the heaviest weight of seventy.

North American Junior Division record holder Rylee Reeves described what it felt like to take part in the kettlebell sports competition, saying that lifting itself was not difficult but lifting as much as possible in ten minutes was another matter entirely. “It really didn’t get hard until the third minute. That’s when you get really tired and you realize you’re weightlifting.”

The article explains that the sport uses three basic moves designed to test lower body strength and cardiovascular fitness. The movements are expressed as a swing or lift.

Kettlebells are claimed to have a wide appeal. Steven Khuong, co-founder of the Ice Chamber, says that the popularity stems from the exercises' ability to build strength without bulk. Peter Fabian, a man in his sixties, is quoted as saying that kettlebells are flexible enough that everyone can use them.

Fitness expert and kettlebell champion Lorna Kleidman responds to the turnout of the kettlebell sports competition. “The competition at Richmond’s Ice Chamber is an exciting expression of the rising popularity of kettlebells, which in recent years has risen to the status of a legitimate sport around the world,” says Kleidman. “For anyone unfamiliar with kettlebells, competitions are ideal awareness-raising events that demonstrate their ease of use and the various training benefits they offer.”

Lorna Kleidman is a three-time World Champion and World Record holder in kettlebell sport and the most decorated kettlebell athlete in the country. She developed the innovative methods used in KettleX as a way to bring the benefits of the bells to everyone in an easy-to-use, comprehensive and fun format. Lorna has been teaching individuals and group classes for the past six years.


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