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…

Kettlebells & Girevoy Sport 101

What is a kettlebell? It’s a ball of metal with a handle. It’s a simple, portable workout tool designed to develop full-body conditioning and fitness. You can use kettlebells to compete in girevoy sport (GS) or kettlebell sport (more on this later), or to perform various movements to improve your strength, conditioning, agility and balance. …

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…