Christian and Mark certify with Steve Cotter!

Last weekend Christian and Mark Stroud joined other Kettlebell freaks from all around Europe to train with master trainer Steve Cotter from the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation (IKFF)

The IKFF “Certified Kettlebell Teacher” training programme is considered one of the best in the world, with a gruelling exam to pass it. Who better to train us, than one of the best kettlebell trainers in the world, Steve Cotter who is renown for his amazing strength and endurance.

Steve in action:

Steve and his team strive for excellence, and put us through extended sets of up to eight minutes of snatches and overhead squats. Squatting with a 24k extended at full lock out above your head for time really has to be experienced!

< Mark and Christian practice the overhead Squat.

We where also assessed on the double kettlebell squat, which involved squatting with 48kg (2 X 24kg) for 4 minutes. Pure evil!

We where amazed how many people had flown in for the two day course from all parts of the UK and Europe, a testament of how highly regarded the qualification is internationally.

It was great to finally meet Jonathan Lewis from Industrial Strength London who was assisting Steve on the day, and Ranoch Donald (Simple Strength) the daddy of Kettlebells in Scotland. Also assisting was Charlotte Ord, who I trained with back in 2007 to gain my first ever Kettlebell qualification. Thanks to all of you for your help and assistance over the gruelling two days!

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