Kettlebell sport or Girevoy Sport (GS) is the traditional Russian sport of kettlebell lifting. It is the national sport of Russia and it evolved from athletic and military circles and slowly spread to the wider population across Europe, before it migrated to the US.
Kettlebell sport is a highly challenging strengthâ€“endurance feat of a cyclical nature. The lifterâ€™s success involves technique, flexibility, strength, power, proper breathing patterns, aerobic capacity, stability, and most importantly, mental strength.
There are two major lifts and athletes can choose the lifts based on level of fitness. 1. Biathlon (jerk and snatch- 2 events) and 2. Long cycle (Clean and jerk).
1) Biathlon is a total two lifts done back to back in a break of 30 minutes. Biathlon typically requires elite fitness levels as it demands recovery between the 2 lifts which is done for 10 minutes each; so a total of 20 mins of extreme lifting.
1st event is the double Jerk, done with 2 hands without putting the Kettlebells down on the floor. Two kettlebells are grasped in each arm at shoulder level and stabilized in the 'rack position', then jerked above the head. Athlete has to perform the lift non-stop for 10 mins.
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