Kettlebell sport is a form of strength and endurance training that involves lifting and manipulating kettlebells, which are cast-iron weights that resemble a cannonball with a handle. Kettlebell sport competitions test an individual’s strength, endurance, power, and technique in a variety of kettlebell lifts and movements.
The most popular events in kettlebell sport competitions include the Long Cycle (jerk), the Snatch, and the Biathlon (jerk and snatch combined). In the Long Cycle event, athletes lift two kettlebells overhead and perform as many repetitions as possible in a set time period. In the Snatch event, athletes lift one kettlebell overhead and perform as many repetitions as possible in a set time period. In the Biathlon event, athletes perform both the Long Cycle and Snatch and the overall score is based on the combined number of reps from both events.
Kettlebell sport competitions are typically divided into different weight classes and gender categories. Athletes are usually given a specific time to complete the set of repetitions or to lift the maximum weight they can within that time frame. The winner of a kettlebell sport competition is usually determined by the number of reps completed or the weight lifted within the time frame, and the athlete with the most reps or the highest weight is declared the winner.
Kettlebell sport has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it has established itself as a discipline in the field of strength and endurance training. It is important to note that kettlebell sport requires proper training, technique, and conditioning to avoid injury, and it is recommended to work with a certified coach before competing.