Foto: Stine Bortheim
What is your name and age?
Beate Kårstad Støfring 22 years, soon 23
What are you working with/as?
Studying Sports Management in Australia
When did you start kettlebell training? Why and how did you start?
Starting doing kettlebells for 1,5 years a go. And it was actually very random that I started lifting. My coach had just met the guys who runs one of the gyms that I worked at, and they got him do come and do a kettlebell course in our town. My coach started sending us one workout a week for a while, and suddenly we start doing it for real.
Maybe more interesting, why did you continue doing it?
I have always love to train and doing sport. But I was NOT a natural talent in long cycle in the beginning, because of my bad mobility. So I just did it to learn more about the technique and I really liked how effective the workouts were. After some months, me and my training friend Therese Syvertsen kicked off, and started doing 2x20kg, and progress continued. And that was really awesome!
Do you have a coach? What are his/her strengths?
I have one of the best coaches in the world, Mauricio Kjeldner, no doubt. He has so much knowledge about kettlebells and the mental part of it. After only one year with training (with no injuries) I did a 10min 2x24kg 57 repetitions, he is the reason for that! So, I have a hate/love relationship to him and I hate him most of the time, but that´s the way in the kettlebell world. He is still the reason that I lift 2×24 today.
What do you think are important to be like as a coach in order to get the best result from athletes
You need to know about the technique, how to set up sessions and the accrual (periodiseringen). For the athlete to perform well and not getting any injuries. And the most important thing to know, how to push the boundaries, how to get the athletes out of their comfort zone.
What do you think are the most important personal qualities in an athlete?
Being crazy! Why bother lifting heavy bells in 10 minutes?
What are your own strengths as a lifter?
I tolerate pain, and can push my boundaries.
Single or double bells for women?
I preferable doubles. The pressure, balance and the lift is easier to do with two bells. Let womens lift TALC in the World championship! If the men can do it, so can we!
How do you think the future will look like for the sport (GS)? How do you think it will be for you
I think the sports is growing a lot, and its getting bigger and more popular every year. I believe that I would lift for a long time, or coach in the sport.
Have you entered any competitions? Do you want to share your results?
– Cup of Scandinavia 2015, I did TALC 2×20 76 repetitions.
-In the national championship 2015 I was only allowed to lift TALC 2×16 and I did 111 repetitions.
-Snatch 16kg 154 repetitions.
What/which are or were your personal goals in training
My goal is to beat the world record in TALC 2×24 61 repetitions in march. And some months later, Snatch 16kg 200 repetitions.
Which discipline do you like the most and why is that
Never give up before the time is up. Because you always have some extra in you that you didn´t know you had.
What do you think is the most challenging in training?
The mental part, no doubt.
Do you have any training tips to share?
If you don´t have the best mobility, don´t give up. The bells will help you get the right technique in the end.
Who (or what) inspires you
My coach, to see others lifting and to coach others in the sport.
Which exercise is your favourite?
Jerks and deadlifts.
Have you got any exercises that you hate doing? Which one and why is that?
Clean with heavy bells. Because my technique is terrible, and its the heaviest part in the lift for me.
Is there ever anything that makes you not prioritate trainingday?
How do you eat? Do you have a special diet or a food-philosophy?
I usually have diet plans that my nutritionist Marte Ulltang makes me. Last Norwegian championship, she made me a plan that I lost 6kg in 6 weeks, without loosing any muscle mass. Normally I always follows one of her diet plans. Nothing special, just eating my protein, carbs and chocolate.
What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not ”kettlebelling”?
Doing strength workout or have a run in the mountains.
We thank Beate so much for sharing with us and Im sure we are many who follows and are inspired of Beates way reaching her goals!
Foto: Sondrup Creative 2015