Last Woman Standing gets the Kettlebell treatment.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of training Anna Campbell, the winner of the hit TV show: Last Woman Standing.

If you didn’t catch the programme on BBC Three, this awesome TV series follows five British athletes from different sporting backgrounds as they take on the challenge of a lifetime – travelling the world competing with women from remote tribes and cultures. This included some crazy challenges including stick fighting and Buffalo racing.
To give Anna a taste of ZT’s Ultimate Training, Sol Gilbert and Christian Vila went back-to-back to deliver a kick-ass session involving Kettlebells and relentless pad work.

Rounds looked like this-
Kettlebells: 2 minutes:
Snatch left: 30 seconds
Jumping Squats: 30 seconds
Snatch right: 30 seconds
Press ups: 30 seconds
1 minute rest
Pad Work: 2 minutes:
Using punches combos and kicks- non stop.
1 minute rest
Repeat above for 6 rounds.
Using the same determination and fitness that won her the title of Last Woman Standing, Anna got through the session sweaty and exhausted but happy.
She’ll be back for more!

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MMA fighter Ryan White prepares for big fight….

With only three weeks left to his big fight, Ryan White has been training with Christian Vila to be at his peak of fitness at BAMMA 3 on May 15th 2010 in Birmingham.
Ryan White (6-4-0) fighting out of ZT Fight Skool is known for his ferocious fighting style and rarely has to go beyond the first round to defeat his opponent.
His opponent, Seth Petruzelli is best known for his controversial 14 second knock out of Kimbo Slice. This is going to be an exciting fight!

Already possessing awesome strength, Ryan has been working with Christian on the conditioning and speed aspect of his fitness.
Using the Turbulence training protocol we set up a treadmill and two exercises for four gruelling 5 minute rounds.
The workout involves sprinting on a treadmill for 30 seconds, followed by two barbell exercises: the split thruster and barbell high pulls, ten reps each.
Once this is completed, Ryan goes back to the treadmill which is still running fast for a further 30 seconds, then goes back to the barbell exercises. This goes on for 5 minutes without rest, taxing all the body energy systems to the max. Ryan rests  for 1 minute and repeats the process three times- with one minute rest between rounds- just like a fight.

This workout would have most people puking, but Ryan White’s conditioning is outstanding enough to withstand the battering. Ryan who is training daily leading up to the fight, is confident he can defeat Petruzelli who called Ryan a “Limey bastard” on the Caged Warriors forum. Ryan said “I’ve been called worse”!
Tickets for the fight are available from the LG Arena Box office.

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Is your trainer qualified to teach Kettlebells?

Oh dear…I’ve just spotted yet another trainer advertising Kettlebell training in my area- who is NOT qualified or certified to teach them.

Don’t get me wrong- I love some healthy competition, its good for business. But it is worrying when Personal trainers tout themselves as Kettlebell trainers, leaving you (the client) exposed to malpractice and potentially injuries which are inevitable when Kettlebells are used incorrectly. Furthermore, we the Kettlebell community will be blamed for a list of injuries caused by other’s mistakes.

What can go wrong?
What some trainers don’t realise is that Kettlebell training is very different to conventional gym exercises. Certain muscles must be used to avoid pressure on the wrong areas and joints. Speed and tempo, along with correct breathing are essential components in kettlebell training. When I qualified as a Kettlebell trainer, I pretty much had to throw out what I had learned as a Personal trainer. Isolation is something I focused on in the past, now I’m all about working the whole body- in dynamic and explosive movements. You’ll rarely find me doing bicep curls or teaching them nowadays!

As with any exercise, if you use the wrong muscles, and have bad form when training with kettlebells you WILL get injured. Kettlebells are an art that must be taught to you by someone who is personally proficient in their use and qualified to do so.
What should we look for?
If your Personal trainer is qualified to teach kettlebells- they should state this in their bio or website. There are only a handful of certifications which are acceptable.
These are (in no particular order):

  • IKFF CKT 1: International Kettlebells and Fitness Federation- (see IKFF )
  • ADPF: Angie Dowds & Rob Partridge Professional Fitness- (see ADPF)
  • Optimal- Extreme Kettlebell Instructor- (see Optimal)
  • UKKA- now GBKA
  • RKC- Russian Kettlebell Certification- (see RKC

 Sometimes I’ll hear the arguement: “I don’t need to certify, experience counts for far more than a certificate”. To a certain extent this is true, but how can you guarantee experience and that they’ve been doing things correctly? Bad habits die hard. Furthermore, if your trainer is commited to their self-development and expansion of knowledge why would they not become certified to teach?
The current situation.
I sell kettlebells. I sell to gyms, training facilities, individuals and even personal trainers. Whenever I sell kettlebells to trainers I ask them if they are qualified to teach…sadly most say NO. What they do is watch a few videos on youtube and teach themselves (wrongly) how to train with them. With these guys I’ll ask them to show me a simple kettlebell swing. What follows is usually a terrible display of mis-understanding of what kettlebells are and how to use them….too much backward lean at the top, kettlebell too high at the top of the arc, back bent over and no hip extention- its like a car crash.
I’ll then recommend they do a few sessions with me, or even better: do a Kettlebell certification, to which most reply: “its too expensive” or “I don’t have time”!
Disaster waiting to happen.
These trainers are jumping on the band wagon- and you’ll pay the price if you train with them or attend their classes.
The take home message.
If you’re attending a class or bootcamp which involves kettlebells, or being trained by a trainer who uses kettlebells as part of their service, ask them if they are qualified by one of the above organisations. Furthermore, ask to see their certificate proving their qualification. It still shocks me how no one asks to see my well earned certificates! Its crazy! Its like allowing a non-Corgi registered engineer to service your boiler….you just wouldn’t do it!
If the trainer is operating outside of a gym or training facility, they will need adequate Civil liability insurance which covers their legal liability to you (the client) for death, injury or illness to others and loss of, or damage to third party property. This is important and you should ask to see the certificate of cover checking dates on the paper work.
Brighton Kettlebells prides itself on the high standard of all the instructors taking their classes, all of which are not only qualified and certified, but insured for peace of mind. Furthermore, we constantly evolve, investing money to take on new certifications, keeping up with the latest trends and learning new training forms.

Ask yourself this question: Is your Trainer qualified to teach?

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    Mark Stroud and Silvia Elia are set to compete!

    Both have their eyes set on the traditional ‘Biathlon’ Sport Competition this Sunday 21st March 2010.
    This competition will be held at the OLF Training Centre in London.

    Here’s whats involved:
    Traditional Biathlon
    Male competitors
    Male competitors will compete in the Double Jerk and the Snatch (one hand change), with a maximum of 10 minutes for each lift and a minimum of 30minutes between lifts. Bells will range from 12kg through to 32kg

    Female Competitors
    Female competitors will compete in the One Arm Jerk and the Snatch (both with one hand change), with a maximum of 10minutes for each lift and a minimum of 30 minutes between lifts. Bells will range from 8kg through to 24kg.

    The competition is open to all lifters from beginners through to international competitors. Flights or heats will be in weighted categories e.g. Womens 12kg Jerk, Mens 24kg Jerk.

     Both Mark and Silvia have been training hard leading up to the competition. You can read Mark’s training blog here: BRIGHTON GIREVIK. 
    Having attained a WKC III ranking, Mark will push himself even further by competing with 2 X 20kg Kettlebells.
    Silvia, recently attended the Trojans Kettlebell Sports camp with Gregor Sobocan, and will be competing with the 12kgs.
    We wish them super-luck and proud to have them representing Brighton Kettlebells!
    Kill it guys!!

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    Important notice about classes in the coming weeks…

    I will be away from this Saturday visiting family in South America, so I’ve arranged cover for my classes at ZT during the next three weeks.
    During this time we will be:
    • Moving the Tuesday class to ZT Fitness at 8pm
    • Cancelling the Wednesday class till Wed 10th March.
    All other classes are on as normal.
    Please find below the class schedule for the coming months, along with the instructor’s numbers should you need to contact them.
    Mark and Simon will be collecting money at these classes, so if you need to renew or top up your memberships you can do this via them.
    You can also pay in advance online using the following link:
    If you have any questions please get in touch with Mark or Simon.
    Mark Stroud
    Tel: 07795-610938
    Simon Millstone
    Tel: 07905- 313192
    Have fun, train hard and see you when I get back!



    February 2010

    Mon 15/2
    Tue 16/2
    Thurs 18/2
    (ace instructor!)
    Sat 20/2
    Mon 22/2
    Tue 23/2
    Thurs 25/2
    Sat 27/2
    March 2010
    Mon 1/3
    Tue 2/3
    Thurs 4/3
    Sat 6/3
    Mon 8/3
    All classes back to normal.
    Tues (9/3) and Wed (10/3)-7.30pm@ Cheetahs
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