Girevoy (Kettlebell) sport is a unique cyclical power endurance sport. It combines some technical elements of Olympic weight lifting with aerobic qualities seen in whole body endurance sports such as rowing and cross country skiing. Athletes generally compete in 5 or 10 minute events, half marathon (30 mins), marathons (60 mins), team relay races, strength challenges and power juggling are additional facets to competitive lifting.

Girevoy Sport Australia Competition hosted by Kettlebell Athletica 5th Dec, 2010. Snatch relay race, 2 mins each person.

Rudnev Rachinskiy Jerk set
Sergey Rudnev and Sergey Rachinskiy were champion guest lifters from Russia at the GSAA National Championships in 2012

“Conducting studies on athletes, doctors came to the conclusion that, concerning their adaptation to stress, cardiovascular and respiratory data, etc. Kettlebell-lifting is in line with boating, biking, professional skating, triathlon, but all of these sports require a large economic cost. Girevoy sport – quite the contrary. By purchasing a Kettlebell once you can use it for life (until you lose it). 2 square meters is enough room to perform any exercise with kettlebells, and the load level is in line with aforementioned sports. What also may be noted is the fact that medical tests on the volume of lungs of Kettlebell professionals often exceeds the capacity of the lungs of swimmers and cyclists. From that we can conclude: lowest economic cost, maximum efficiency. This too could fill a whole book, just look at the statistics of injuries and immediately it becomes clear that Kettlebell sport, regarding the level of injury is au parie with sports such as chess. On the other hand, it is almost impossible to find a non-injured heavy athlete. Here you have another good reason why people around the world are beginning to actively engage in Kettlebell sport.”

– Ex world champion, Sergey Raschinskiy 2011

Until recently confined to Russian and Eastern Europe, the sport is now becoming popular in the West. Kettlebell sport was accepted into the activities celebrated at the TAFISA World Games in 2012. Some of our athletes have self-funded trips to compete at international level and more athletes are encouraged for future events.

Australia 1st Girevoy Sport Team traveled to Las Vegas and competed at the WKC AKC Classic Championships on the 6th of November, 2010. Pioneers of the sport in Australia Jad Marinovic and David Tabain were the first to represent Australia as part of a team.

Australian Kettlebell Team at the IUKL World Championships, Dublin, Ireland 2016

Australian Kettlebell Team at the IUKL World Championships, Aktobe, Kazakhstan 2017

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