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One of the best things about the staff at SVSP is the diversity and quality of the coaching.  One of the newest staff members at SVSP, Carol Happ, brings great experience in kettlebell training.  Coach Happ did some staff development with our staff yesterday.  What is a kettlebell anyway?

A ‘kettlebell’ or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. The ultimate tool for extreme all-round fitness.

The kettlebell goes way back, it first appeared in a Russian dictionary in 1704 (Cherkikh, 1994). So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik, or ‘a kettlebell man’.

“Not a single sport develops our muscular strength and bodies as well as kettlebell athletics,” reported Russian magazine Hercules in 1913.

I have not done any kettlebell training in the past.  Having gone through a 90 minute instructional session with Carol, I have a lot to learn, and see the benefits that kettlebell training can bring to all athletes.  Generating power through the hips, teaching good squat technique, developing good control of your body in space, are just a few of the benefits of this kind of training.

Check this link out for more info on kettlebells and kettlebell training:   http://www.russiankettlebells.com

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