What is Kettlebell Sport - Donica Storino

Kettlebell Sport – A Brief History and Explanation

Kettlebell Sport is a sport unlike any other currently in the world today. Kettlebell Sport is a strength – endurance sport where the athlete will be underload for a duration of 10 minutes. Here Donica Storino explains all about it… she’s a master after all.

What would you say it is that a Kettlebell sport athlete does, exactly?

A kettlebell sport athlete is an athlete that is expected to complete a maximum number of repetitions with a submaximal load.

Efficiency and technique are extremely crucial to optimize their repetitions, heart rate, pacing and endurance within a 10 minute time frame. Sounds easy right? Only 10 minutes, that’s not too bad…



Here’s the catch, you are only allowed one hand switch in your 10 minute set. The Kettlebell cannot touch the platform or be put down during your 10 minute set.

Here is another factor that makes kettlebell sport challenging and unique – grip strength! Grip fatigue, banging of the forearm, elevated heart rate, hand tears make Kettlebell sport incredibly difficult and hard to master.

Kettlebell Sport - Donica Storino

a short history of Kettlebell sport

In Russia dating back to the early 1700’s the kettlebell was used to measure grains. It wasn’t long before they started to use this tool as a way to show off strength among the men. This eventually led to the early development of kettlebell exercises and Kettlebell sport.

While lifting kettlebells was a way to test strength among the men in Russia, the competitive kettlebell exercises for men and women we use today were not developed until the time of the Soviet Army, where kettlebells were used to help condition soldier’s strength and build fitness for war.

The competitive nature of kettlebell history developed after World War II in Russia becoming known as Girevoy Sport. Eventually making it’s way into the United States in the late 1990s.

Kettlebell Sport lifts

  • The Snatch | 10 minutes. Score is number of repetitions competed within the time frame.
  • The Biathlon | 10 minute Jerk set. 10 minute Snatch set. Score is calculated by adding the number of Jerk repetitions to half the number of Snatch repetitions.
  • The Long Cycle | 10 minutes. Score is number of repetitions of the clean and press competed within the time frame.

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Donica Storino

Donica Storino

Donica is a kettlebell sport athlete and co-founder of Fizikel.com, a lifestyle and fitness company dedicated to helping individuals discover their ‘true self’ and to live better. Learn more about Donica and Kettlebell Sport at: Fizikel.com

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