Mitch Blackburn, USA

“I have no GS hero in particular because in general, the people I look up to are the athletes starting from scratch. In a joking sense, I was raised into this sport. I have a great coach (my dad, Ken Blackburn) and all the necessary tools simply handed to me right from the get-go. I didn’t have to decide to make the change, or buy a gym membership, or find a coach. So the guy/girl who shows up to a competition alone with zero ties to anyone, and gives a max effort all on their own, will always be someone I respect.”

Clara O’Connor, Ireland

Meet Clara O’Connor, kettlebell sport athlete and proud member of the National Irish Team. Although we have never met in person, she has inspired me and my team as we watched a video of her snatching a 24kg bell at competition earlier this year. She also managed to inspire me this week with one of…

Christina Danos, Canada

Meet my friend Christina Danos, who is from Canada, and is my Long Cycle twin 🙂 We met at IKFF Worlds Competition in November 2013, where we tied for first place in the 54kg weight division. Both of us lifted a 16kg kettlebell 78 times in 10 minutes, earning us Rank 2 in Sporting Perfection…

Christopher Doenlen, USA

Meet my friend and teammate, Christopher Doenlen, who is originally from Florida and currently based in Washington, D.C. We met in March 2013 at an IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) Competition. He is one of the people who made my first competition less nerve-wracking — he checked my form, and since he knew that I…

Cynthia Roulston, Canada

Meet my friend Cynthia Roulston, who hails from Canada. We met in June 2013 at an IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) Competition in Chicago, where she hit a Personal Record — triple digits in the Long Cycle event! In the brief time that I got to know her, three things about Cynthia impressed me the…

Saved by the Kettlebell

Life throws curve balls at everyone at some point, sometimes one after another. That’s what happened to me beginning 2006: my mother passed away suddenly; three years later my brother died of an accident. I constantly felt overwhelmed with a stressful social service job, as I struggled to carve out a more hopeful future. In…