Girevoy Sport or simply GS means ‘Kettlebell Sport’. Yes, that’s right, kettlebells as a sport!
If you are tired of team sports, or are you looking for a sport that will give you a superhuman work capacity and the build of an elite, functional athlete, then look no further. Kettlebell Sport may be for you.
It is one of the newest sports in the UK. Originating in Cold War-era Russia in 1986, the rules are simple; you have 10 minutes to perform as many reps as possible without putting the kettlebells down. It is one of the toughest competitive events on the planet. It’s also one of the most beneficial endeavors we can undertake as we try to improve our physical and mental wellbeing. Yeah, it’s hard!
Unlike the Russian Hardstyle, which is more strength-oriented, to be successful at Kettlebell Sport requires strength, endurance and mental toughness. Being a sport, means there are also rankings up for grabs based on your weight, the size of the kettlebell(s) used and the amount of reps completed in one of two events; the Biathlon and Long Cycle.
This event is made up of two lifts, the jerk and the snatch. Athletes are required to perform the jerk first of all followed by the snatch after a minimum rest period of 30 minutes. Both lifts are done for a maximum of 10 minutes with the total of both lifts added together to make up your overall score.
The jerk is performed with two kettlebells for men and one kettlebell for women. The kettlebell(s) is pressed over head with two knee dips and arms locked completely straight and fixated/paused at the top whilst waiting for the judge’s count before lowering. Women are permitted to change hands only once in 10 minutes. The kettlebell must have proper fixation overhead to be deemed a lift. Improper fixation is termed a “no lift” and is not counted. 3 no lifts in a row result in disqualification.
One kettlebell is swung from between the legs to overhead in a single movement, as with the jerk proper overhead fixation is essential.
The object of this event is for the competitor to clean then jerk the kettlebell as many times as possible in 10 minutes. The only rest the competitor may have is in the rack position. This is where they rest the kettlebell on their arms and elbows on hips.
How does the judging work?
On both events a judge is allocated to each individual competitor. The Judge counts the repetitions performed. The athlete must wait for the judge’s count before they proceed to the next rep. The head judge will brief all athletes on the rules at the beginning of the competition.
What are rankings?
Many athletes may wish to achieve “a rank”. These are tiered ranking systems, based on the weight you compete at, the weight of the kettlebells you used and finally the amount of reps you performed of each lift.
If you want to learn more about training for Kettlebell Sport feel free to contact me using the contact form, or alternatively you can speak to me via email or call on 07725517642.