Kettlebell Expert Lorna Kleidman Responds to the News of Kettlebell Competitions Growing In Asia

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Following announcements that the upcoming 2013 Asian Kettlebell Championship will be the largest kettlebell tournament the country has seen, kettlebell expert Lorna Kleidman releases a statement in support of the event.

On March 15, 2013, kettlebell champion Lorna Kleidman releases a statement in response to the recent growth of kettlebells as an international competitive sport.

According to a recent article on Asia One, the Asia Kettlebell Championship will be the biggest event of its kind, drawing in 90 participants from 12 different countries including the U.S., Australia and Kazakhstan.

Two high-profile Russian entries from the International Kettlebell Sport and Fitness Academy, (IKSFA), Kleidman’s coach, Sergey Rudnev and Sergey Merkulin, have 21 world titles between them. Rudnev was quoted in the article as saying, "Based on the number of countries and athletes participating, as well as the level of [organization], this will become the greatest kettlebell tournament in South-east Asia. By supporting this event in Singapore, I hope to make kettlebells more popular in Asia."

Lorna Kleidman, a world champion kettlebell athlete and trainer, comments on the growth of kettlebells in Asia and around the world. “It’s great to see kettlebell sport take off across the globe and I credit IKSFA, for whom I am also a coach, for much of the progress. Kettlebells provide a dynamic full-body workout for both novices and athletes and help you take your training to the next level. Enthusiasts using kettlebells in actual championships prove that they have many benefits that extend across the globe. The bells are both challenging and fun.”

The article reports that “[w]hile there are no hard figures on how many people here have taken to kettlebells, anecdotal evidence suggests that the sport is drawing more converts.” The author points out that kettlebells have become an increasingly common sight in gyms, giving gym-goers another option besides the typical machines and other tools like dumbbells.

Kleidman adds that the kettlebell is a powerful addition to any gym's arsenal, since “function follows form”. “The kettlebell's variable center of gravity allows users to develop a significantly more dynamic workout than with other, less mobile tools like dumbbells that only allow movement along two axes,” says Kleidman. “Add dimension to your fitness routine!”

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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