Brad’s Kettlebell Background

Brad started using kettlebells in 2003 while trying to find an exercise program that he could do at home.  Since then he has attended many kettlebell workshops and is a Certified Coach with the American Kettlebell Club (AKC), a Certified Kettlebell Trainer with the International Kettlebell Fitness Federation (IKFF) and a Certified Coach for the International Kettlebell Sport and Fitness Academy (IKSFA). Brad has trained and learned from the best; Sergey Rachinskiy, Sergey Rudnev, Sergey Merkulin, Valery Federenko, Steve Cotter, Ken Blackburn and Pavel Tsatsouline.  He’s taught kettlebell workshops in Seattle and Bellingham.

Brad has been the Head Strength Coach of the Bellingham Bay Swim Team for the past three years. Brad has used kettlebells as the primary tool to build strength with the elite high school swimmers on the team, which has yielded great results. Brad has also started to work with several other local high school sports teams by introducing kettlebells into their training. Brad also offers private kettlebell sessions for beginners or those who have more experience with kettlebells.

Brad started competing in kettlebell competitions in 2008.  In 2009 he qualified for and competed in the World Championships and took second place in his weight class.  His kettlebell training was recently featured in an article in the Bellingham Herald.

About Kettlebell Training

A kettlebell (girya) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle.  First used to train Olympians and Eastern European strongmen, its history can be traced as far back as the 1800s.  Kettlebells have proven to be a powerful training tool when used for ballistic multi-joint movements requiring full body integration and core stabilization.  Kettlebell methods were designed to increase strength, stamina, and coordination by challenging our muscular, cardiovascular and central nervous systems simultaneously.

Until recently however, popularized forms of kettlebell lifting in the United States began to closely resemble a combination of bodybuilding and weight training.  Much of the methodologies unique to kettlebell lifting were lost as American coaches were taught to use a stylized version of kettlebells within the context of traditional strength training.  Many people in the US are surprised to learn that the popular two-handed swing is not even utilized in the sport of kettlebell lifting.

The Rise of Kettlebell Sport

Girevoy Sport emerged in Europe over 60 years ago out of the original ideas intended for kettlebell lifting. This specialized form of training expands our strength-endurance capacity under a submaximal load over time.  It requires athletes to work under tremendous stress while remaining calm and even quiet in order to focus on technical precision, breath control, and energy conservation.  Spectators marvel at the sense of relaxation elite kettlebell lifters display while accomplishing seemingly supernatural feats of strength.  It’s no wonder kettlebell competitions are quickly gaining steam in the American sports world.

Various organizations like the American Kettlebell Club and the International Kettlebell & Fitness Federation host events for athletes to compete in regional and national meets all over the United States and Canada. The World Kettlebell Club is also working in conjunction with European federations towards adding the sport to the Olympic Games someday.

A Brief Explanation of the Sport

  1. Jerk & Snatch Biathlon
  2. Long Cycle Clean & Jerk

For women, regulations mandate holding a kettlebell weighing between 12 – 20 kgs. with one hand, switching to either the right or left side a single time without setting the bell down.  Winners are determined by the highest number of repetitions achieved on each side within ten or sometimes twenty minute time limits.  Men must carry two kettlebellls weighing between 24kg – 32kgs with the exception of the Snatch event, in which case only one kettlebell is used.

Kettlebells and Brad in the News

Experience Northwest w/ Deb Slater – 2010

Komo News Feature – 2010

“VIDEO: Rolfer Brad Jones explains kettlebell lifting”
Bellingham Business Journal Video – 2010 [ Click to View ]

“FITNESS: Kettlebell class combines exercise, confidence for close-knit group”
Bellingham Herald Article – 2011 [ Click to View ]

“Bellingham Man Scores High in International Kettlebell Competition”
Komo News Video – 2011 [ Click to View ]

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