Kettlebellhippa

Ikväll körde vi en fruhippa tillsammans med ett gäng glada och gulliga tjejer. De fick prova på hur roligt (och jobbigt) ett Kettlebell mixed pass  kan vara. Svårt att veta när man skriver passet hur det kommer att kännas att köra på riktigt. För mig och Janne var det dessutom premiär att både skriva, hålla pass och göra det tillsammans. Så medan vi åkte uppåt mot fjällvärden i torsdags passade vi på att både skriva pass och göra spellista. Och plugga inför 80tals quizen på torsdag så klart. Många flugor i en smäll på annars ganska ineffektiv tid.

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Tjejerna verkade nöjda med upplägget och taggade för mer kettlebell när de glada, och kanske lite skakiga, promenerade iväg mot nästa punkt på agendan. Och vi hoppas ju så klart att de har upptäckt hur galet roligt kettlebell är och kommer tillbaka till vår Kraftkällare och kämpar med oss.

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Som avslutning fick de köra både tabata burpees och en mag-Sally. Riktigt jobbigt var det! Och sjukt duktigt kämpade de! Tyvärr glömde jag helt att fotografera under kvällen så ni får nöja er med en bild på dagens premiär-instruktörs-par. Bra kombination, den ena pratade och organiserade och den andra förklarade teknik :) Det var roligt så förhoppningsvis får vi möjligheten att göra det igen.

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Tonight we had a kettlbellmixed workout with a bunch of happy and cute girls for a bacheloretteparty. They got to try how fun (and hard work) Kettlebell workouts can be. For me and Janne it was also our first time both write and lead the workout. And to do it together. So while we went up to the mountain ​​last Thursday we took the opportunity to both write the workout and compose the playlist. And study for 80s musicquiz next Thursday. Many thing has been done in otherwise rather ineffective time.

The girls seemed satisfied, and maybe a little shaky, when they walked off towards the next happening on the agenda. And we hope they have discovered howcrazy-fun kettlebell is!

At the end we did both Tabata burpees and an ab-Sally. It was really tough, and they did it SO good! Unfortunatly I forgot to take pictures during the workout so you will have to do with a picture of this evenings premier-instructor-pair.


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True Grit kettlebell gästar Nolia

Stora Nolia är en stor mässa som vartannat år går av stapeln i Piteå och vartannat år i Umeå. På mässan finns ca 500 utställare inom olika produktområden och här kan man shoppa allt från mat till hantverk till badtunnor till skotrar till kläder till möbler till….ja det mesta kan man hitta där. Mässan pågår i år från 6-14 augusti. Måndagen den 8 augusti kommer True Grit att finnas på plats i PiteEnerigis monter mellan 11 och 14. Kom gärna och säg Hej! och prata lite kettlebell

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Som vi kettlebellade och log. I regnet.

Idag var det dags för uppvisningen på Piteå-Torget. Precis när vi skulle samlas i lokalen började det droppa lite smått. När vi samlat ihop kloten och började korsa oss fram mellan festivalbesökarna ökade det droppandet och medan vi väntade på vår tur så började det också blixtra och mullra.

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Med Carolas ord ”det kommer att bli fint när vi är klara” äntrade vi scenen. Vi började med att visa en klotuppvärmning med tvåhandsswingar, enhandsswingar, hand to hand, clean, runt kroppen och press följt av overheadsquat.

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Efter det visade vi tävlingslyften, long cycle, jerk och snatch.

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Våran eminenta konferencier för dagen var stackars Petra som bänglat lite och inte kunde lyfta idag. Hon gjorde ett grymt bra jobb med att beskriva sporten och vad vi pysslade med på scenen för publiken.

Tyvärr var det inte jättemånga som trotsade regnet och kom och kikade på oss, men de som var där var väldigt intresserade av kettlebell. Roligt var att flera från publiken antog utmaningen Farmers walk med 24 kg för tjejerna och 32 och 36 kg för killarna.

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En av dem som antog utmaningen på 36 kg var en kettlebell-kändis som är på besök i stan, nämligen Stefan.

I klänning och tygskor antog Cornelia utmaningen med 24 kg och klarade nästan 3 minuter! Stark tjej!

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Anders hade starka nypor och klarade längst tid med 32 kg (vänster) medan Stark-Patrik från True Gritgänget gick allra längst med 36 kiloskloten (höger).

Alla som ställde upp fick en träningsbiljett så att de kan komma och träna med oss :) Det vet bara inte än att om man en gång går ner i källaren så blir livet sig aldrig likt igen!

Här har ni resultatet av Farmers walken

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Som avslutning gjorde Fredde och Maria en Human Turkish Get Up. Tyvärr hade det blivit så blött och halkigt från regnet så av säkerhetsskäl valde han att inte gå ner till liggande igen.

Kolla in videon, det här är så sjukt imponerande!

Och se där, nu hade det spruckit upp och värmen gjorde sig påmind igen :) Hoppas resten av helgen går i solens tecken.

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True Grit dansar och ler

Idag startar Piteås stadsfestival, Piteå dansar och ler. På senare år har festivalen förändrats litegrann och nu mera är den entrèfri men grundiéen är densamma. Under de 5 dagar festivalen pågår kan man lyssna på bra musik (om ni inte redan visste det så är Piteå en musikstad och här finns Musikhögskolan som fostrat en del av landets duktiga artister), delta i aktiviteter, se på uppvisningar av olika slag, åka karuseller och så klart äta festivalmat som sig bör på festival.

På fredag kommer True Grit att finnas på området och visa tävlingslyft och utmana publiken. Detta sker 11.30-12.00 på Piteå-Torg (Rådhustorget om jag förstått rätt). Kom och kika vettja!


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Today our towns festival has its beginning and for 5 days we are gonna dance and smile at Piteå dansar och ler (translated Piteå dances and smiles). And on friday True Grit will be there and show the kettlebellsport lifts. And maybe there will be a challange for the audience :) Hoping to find some new kettlbellmaniacs.

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Fit med Fredrik

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Behöver du komma i bättre form?

Då har jag ett erbjudande kan man ta med vilka ambitioner man än har!

Är du en etablerad atlet och vill bygga upp mer styrka i ben och säte? Är du en ”vanlig” kille eller tjej som är less på att ha ont p.g.a dålig hållning eller svaga muskler, eller vill du helt enkelt bygga en vältränad kropp?

Vi kommer fokusera på att utveckla en stark bas genom varierad träning med kettlebells, skivstång och plyometrisk träning.

Fokus blir ben, säte, rygg och mage. Hela kroppen kommer såklart att tränas, men dom stora muskelgrupperna kommer prioriteras.

Om ni tar detta erbjudande så analyserar jag vad ni behöver, gör ett program som sträcker sig på 4 veckor med progressioner as we go.

Ni behöver bara komma till träningarna så hjälper jag er med resten!

- Begränsat antal platser (3 st)
- 3 ggr i veckan
- 4 veckor
- Analyser och personligt utformade pass
- One on one
- Möljighet att välja tider från morgon till kväll

2500kr

För konsultation och bokning skicka ett pm till mig på Facebook (Fredrik Berglund), eller via telefon samtal/sms till 070-3065216.

 

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Meet Melissa Swanson

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What is your name and age?
Melissa Swanson, 38

Nation?
USA

Team/club?
Ice Chamber

What are you working with/as?
I own and manage a restaurant.

Do you have a motto or any catchwords?
”Dream big, work hard, stay humble”

When did you start kettlebell training? Why and how did you start?
I started lifting in 2011 after seeing a video of Surya Voinar Fowler jerk a 20kg kettlebell. I was so inspired learning about her (as well as the other ICKB girls) journey to Master of Sport.

Maybe more interesting, why did you continue doing it?
Kettlebells are a way for me to strive for the best possible version of myself. They are excellent mirrors – if you pay attention you will see the truth of who you are play out in your sets. They challenge me to push myself, to change, to evolve constantly.

When did you start being a coach? Why did you do it?
I’m not a coach! It’s challenging enough to make time for myself these days. In a few years, I would consider mentoring the right person.

What do you think are the most important personal qualities in an athlete?
The ability to self-reflect with honesty, grit, resilience.

What do you feel about single/double bells for women?
I like both! I have trained OAJ and OALC up to 28kg, and currently working on 16 and 20kg doubles. They each pose unique challenges mentally and physically.

How do you think the future will look like for the sport (GS)? How do you think it will be for you or your athletes?
Hard to say! I am excited at the lifters emerging from Norway, Ireland, and Scotland – they do all the lifts and do them well. Here in the States, we have some very strong women doing well in 2x24kg lifts, as well as many up and coming juniors doing very well with 24kg like Miranda Robbeloth and Rylee Reeves. As women, I think the future is ours – there is no limit to what we can do with single and double bells.

Have you entered any competitions? Do you want to share your results?
Yes, I have competed many times a year every year since 2011. My best result in 24kg snatch in competition is 152. Best OAJ with 24kg: 159, OALC 24kg: 117. I have MSIC in snatch and biathlon (one arm).

What/which are or were your personal goals in training? (long-term/short-term?)
Short term goals include Master of Sport International Class in the AAKA’s new double ranking system (to be published soon). Long term goals are to increase my reps in 24kg snatch to equal and surpass that of the Russian women. I’d also like to snatch 26 and 28kg in competition.

Which discipline do you like the most and why is that?
Snatch. It is by far the most technical and sensitive of all the lifts – if any part of you is off, it will show in your set and numbers. It is a new sport at every rpm, so there is always room for growth, always something to fix/change. It’s incredibly challenging.

What do you think is the most challenging in training?
Maintaining high levels of motivation while simultaneously letting go of the desired result.

Do you have any training tips to share?
Film and study yourself, study the greats, ask a lot of questions, surround yourself with people that believe in you, learn how to hear and use feedback.

Do you have any funny anecdotes from competition or training that you would like to share?
I have a bad habit of throwing my kettlebell and swearing at it after particularly difficult sets. This makes my coach very unhappy!

Who (or what) inspires you?
I am inspired by honesty, forthrightness, and courage! People – my 10 and 8 year old boys, my husband, my mother. My friends, like teammate and former Olympian Sayaka Torra and ICKB girl Surya Voinar-Fowler, my coach Steven Khuong.

Which exercise is your favorite?
Anything with a kettlebell :) I love swimming, playing tennis, and hiking too.

Have you got any exercises that you hate doing, or that your athletes hates doing? Which one and why is that?
I hate running! And I hate putting the plates away after doing deadlifts, which makes me hate deadlifts! They usually come at the end of my workouts, so I am exhausted and tired of moving heavy things around.

Is there ever anything that makes you not prioritate training day?
I make training a top priority, so intentionally, very little gets in the way of training. Occasionally, a sick child or emergency at work causes me to rearrange, but I can’t think of a time I haven’t made my weekly workouts work one way or the other.

How do you eat? Do you have a special diet or a food-philosophy?
I love food. The majority of my diet is just real food – grown or raised by a local farmer, fruits, vegetables, meats, eggs, homemade breads and pastas. But I have a weakness for Doritos and Diet Coke too. I don’t believe in villainizing food and am all about balance. I don’t drink alcohol but I do drink lots of coffee.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not ”kettlebelling”?
Spending time with my family, taking walks, cooking, baking, reading.

We thank Melissa for letting us know more about her and what she thinks of kettlebelltraining. She is a big inspiration all over the world and we wish her all the luck in reaching her future goals.

Watch the video from the Worlds Championship in Irland last year where she earnd MSIC in snatch

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Meet Carola Karlsson

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What is your name and age?
Carola Karlsson, 33 years young.

Nation?
Swedish

Are you a part of a team/club?
Oh yes! True Grit kettlebell club!

What are you working with/as?
I have recently changed job from fashion (MQ retail store clothes) to a company named Wibax there I´m selling chemicals.

Do you have a motto or any catchwords?
Oh, I love mottos! So it´s very hard to choose just one. If I must think about one that’s fits sports, I like “You VS you”, just focus on your own. And I also like “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.” And “Every pro was once an amateur. Every expert was once a beginner. So dream big and start now.” Well I could keep on writing a lots of more mottos. But I guess that is enough for now

When did you start kettlebell training? Why and how did you start?
I started in the beginning of True Grits start, in the garage 2013. We were a group of women and the thing then was to do good and effective workouts in so short time as possible. We trained about 30 minutes/time and did workouts like “7 minutes of hell” and tabata.
But the “real KB-training = GS I started in spring? 2014. At first OALC (one arm) and in 2015 we started TALC (Two arm).

Maybe more interesting, why did you continue doing it?
At first it was all about the health/body. I have always been thin, but after 2 kids I started feel more tired and “loose”/fat inside the body, haha hard to explane but I think you understand And when I had train KB just about a few weeks I notice really fast a different on my health and body.
I have never trained something like this before, the only training I did before was horseback riding and soccer. So this was something new for me, but it was love at first sight with the kettlebells ;-)
And when Fredde introduced me to the GS I felt that I finally could have a goal. I need goals so I know what to work for.

Have you entered any competitions? Do you want to share your results?
Yes I have. The first “real” competition was SM 2014, it was OALC and I came in 2:nd place 16kg and 84(?) reps. After that competition I felt that too much time had gone on training before the competition and a lot of work and too little time with the family, so I didn’t plan to compete in SM 2015. I only trained when I felt that I had the time.
But I was longing for goals and competitions so when it was about 2-3(?) months before the SM 2015 I decided to compete anyway. But now it was TALC, and I didn’t know if I would compete with the 12kg or the 16kg.

I concluded to try with the 16kg bells. But now afterwards I know that I should have compete with the 12kg bells. I wasn’t really ready for 10 minutes with the 16. So at 8 minutes and some seconds my arms was so tired and cramped so I put them down. That was one of the worst disappointment I had ever felt on myself. But it still was enough to a 3rd place.

Do you have a coach? Who is it and which are his/her strengths?
Yes! True Grit´s head coach Fredrik Berglund himself. I must say I have a “love-hate” to that man ;) He can do so hard workouts that is almost killing me sometimes, but he is so good in what´s he´s doing and see the small (and big) details on what I do wrong and what I need to practice on. I think we have learned to know each other and learned to listen on each other and I´m surprised that he haven’t given up on me, yet! ;-)

What kind of education do you have in coaching?
Certified by Fredde Instructor Level 1.

What do you think are the most important personal qualities in an athlete?
Will. If you don´t really want to, it´s hard to reach for goals.

What do you feel about single/double bells for women?
Double! I don’t see why we shouldn´t. But I think it´s good to train single sometimes also. Always good to vary.

How do you think the future will look like for the sport (GS)?
It´s seems to grow all around the world. And I hope it does. I think we are pretty good in Sweden to doing our best to spread it. We show us in the newspaper, in malls and so on. And try to do events so new people can try it out. So I really hope as many as possible will start train GS so it´s grow more. 

What/which are or were your personal goals in training? (long-term/short-term?)
Before every competition I always have a goal, of course. But sometimes the goals can be to stand 10 minutes and sometimes X reps. Now I have a goal for the SM, but I keep that to myself a little bit longer.

Which discipline do you like the most and why is that?
The days when you don´t “have the time” or energy to train, but you fix the time and still go training. That´s really nice afterwards. It´s all about prioritize, you can be with your family and then train at home when the kids are asleep instead of sitting in the couch and looking on the TV or mobile for example. Prioritize.

What do you think is the most challenging in training?
Overall, for me I think it´s to get sufficient time for both the family and training. The family comes in first place if there something coming up, and then I try to do the training later/another day at home. (Of course I have kettlebells at home ;)

In so many times I have had the kettlebells with me if we are on a trip somewhere (with the car, not if we´re flying, that would be too expensive ;) 

It may not be as hard training as if I was in the gym with the TG gang, but at least it´s training. However I sometimes have resting days when I go on a trip with the family, I think that’s okey.

But just for the training, I think it´s to fix the mentally, if you had a bad day and you fail in training, it´s hard to kick that stupid feelings away for the next time you are supposed to do the same exercise. Just remember that the days sometimes are like a roller-coaster, ups and downs. Just like the training.

Do you have any training tips to share?
Focus on your own. You can´t compare to someone else, train with people who bring you up, not down. And Have Fun!

Who (or what) inspires you?
I must say that the whole True Grit gang inspire me in the gym. In so many different ways. It´s not always the one who lift the most heavy or most reps, it can also be a person who have had a hard day and still focus and try it´s best. When you see a person doing its best, because that´s the best a person can do, you can´t do more than that.

Which exercise is your favourite?
TALC - Love-Hate it.

Have you got any exercises that you hate doing, or that your athletes hates doing? Which one and why is that?
Everything that I´m not so good at.

Is there ever anything that makes you not prioritize training day?
Like I wrote longer up, if I want to be with the kids/family instead. (But they are often so busy with their own buddies so they don’t have the time to be with mum that often.)

How do you eat? Do you have a special diet or a food-philosophy?
The last year I have been much better to eat good food. But I still eat candy and stuff like that. Sometimes more, sometimes less.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not ”kettlebelling” ?
Travel, running or do something with family and friends.

 We thank Carola for sharing her thoughts about kettlebell with us. She always bring so much positive spirit to the gym and she is always very focused in our training sessions. It is admirable that she manage to train at home by here self when she cant come to the gym.

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Meet Sergey Rudnev

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What is your name and age?

Sergey Rudnev, 48.

What are you working with/as?
I’m a president of IKSFA.

Do you have a motto or any catchwords?
The future belongs to the strongest!

When did you start kettlebell training? Why and how did you start?
As for my 1st experience I was interested in doing exercises with KBs when I was 13, because it helped me to improve my general physical preparation for my results in wrestling. But my professional career has started since I was 22 years old, because I served in the army where only KB sport was cultivated)

Maybe more interesting, why did you continue doing it?
From that time KB sport has become the part of my life.

Have you entered any competitions? Do you want to share your results?
If you go in for some kind of sport seriously, you should compete. As for my sport life, I took part at the competitions 4-8 times a year.
I was a winner at many events, and now I’m a 5-times World Champion.

Do you have a coach? Who is it and which are his/her strengths?
I was always trained myself.

When did you start being a coach? Why did you do it?
I started being a coach in 1995, because I understood clearly, when you were training somebody, you also appreciated all the details of the KB technique and training methology keenly.

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What kind of education do you have in coaching?
I graduated from the Pedagogical University, the Department of Physical Culture and Sport.

As a coach, what is important to be like in order to get the best results from your athletes?
During the training process the coach should keep to the principles of graduality and necessity for my students at the competition.

What is the most challenging thing being a coach?
I think the most challenging thing being a coach is to be patient and calm to the students.

What are your own strenghts as a coach?
For me all my students are individuums, so I try to use a differentiated approach to every one of them.

What do you think are the most important personal qualities in an athlet?
I suppose, the athlete must be purposeful and ambitious.

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What do you feel about single/double bells for women? What do you prefer as a coach?
Every woman may choose any exercises with KBs she likes, and I’m ready to train any of them.

How do you think the future will look like for the sport (GS)? How do you think it will be for you or your athletes?
I’m sure KB sport will be one of the most popular all around the World, and I hope many of my students will devote their lives to GS and be coaches in the future.

What/which are or were your personal goals in training? (long-term/short-term?)
I think the peak of my sport condition was in the past and now I do everything for pleasure)

What/which are your goals for your athletes? (long-term/short-term?)
Short-team:
- for the beginners the goal is to correct some mistakes in technique;
- for the advanced athletes the goal is to improve the personal result for the concret date of the competition.
Long-term: my goal is to help my students use their potential for 100%.

Which discipline do you like the most and why is that?
I like KB snatch because it is the most difficult classical KB exercise, and I always learn something new about its technique.

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What do you think is the most challenging in training?
The most challenging thing in training is to improve the personal result of my students from training to training, from competition to competition.

Do you have any training tips to share?
I have a lot of training tips. But the most impotant thing for me is to pay attention to the weak points of my students and make these characteristics better and stronger.

Do you have any funny anecdotes from competition or training that you would like to share?
I remember a lot of funny stories in my KB practice. So one day when I was angry with one of my students, I gave him a task to do snatch with 20 kg, but he mixed the KBs and took 28 kg instead of 20 and did the given number of reps)

Who (or what) inspires you?
Usually I get the inspiration from my family, my students and GS friends around me.

Which exercise is your favourite?
KB snatch, muscle up and running.

Have you got any exercises that you hate doing, or that your athletes hates doing? Which one and why is that?
I don’t have any exercises which I hate. As for my students, they usually dislike doing snatch using the gloves, because the performance of this variant of exercise is followed by the pain in the forearms.

Is there ever anything that makes you not prioritise training day?
I suppose only the problems concerning the health make me not prioritise training day.

How do you eat? Do you have a special diet or a food-philosophy?
I eat practically everything, but I’m against fast-food and try not to use fatty products, red meat and sugar.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not ”kettlebelling” or coaching?
I prefer spending free time together with my family.

We would like to thank Sergey for sharing this with us. He definitely is someone many of us look up to and has many great things to say. A wonderful athlete and coach!

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Fit med Fredrik

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Behöver du komma i bättre form?

Då har jag ett erbjudande kan man ta med vilka ambitioner man än har!

Är du en etablerad atlet och vill bygga upp mer styrka i ben och säte? Är du en ”vanlig” kille eller tjej som är less på att ha ont p.g.a dålig hållning eller svaga muskler, eller vill du helt enkelt bygga en vältränad kropp?

Vi kommer fokusera på att utveckla en stark bas genom varierad träning med kettlebells, skivstång och plyometrisk träning.

Fokus blir ben, säte, rygg och mage. Hela kroppen kommer såklart att tränas, men dom stora muskelgrupperna kommer prioriteras.

Om ni tar detta erbjudande så analyserar jag vad ni behöver, gör ett program som sträcker sig på 4 veckor med progressioner as we go.

Ni behöver bara komma till träningarna så hjälper jag er med resten!

- Begränsat antal platser (3 st)
- 3 ggr i veckan
- 4 veckor
- Analyser och personligt utformade pass
- One on one
- Möljighet att välja tider från morgon till kväll

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Meet Jane-Christin Foss

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What is your name and age?
Jane-Christin Foss, 29 years old.

What are you working with/as?
I work as a sports teacher at Kirkeparken VGS. Beside that I am a co-owner at Optimal Prestasjon in Moss, where I also work as an instructor and coach for two kettlebell students.

Do you have a motto or any catchwords?
My power word is invictus. It’s about that you have control over your body and your soul. I use this for myself before each set when I exercise.

When did you start kettlebell training? Why and how did you start?
I was first introduced to kettlebell sport on a course I attended with Allan Fallrø in late 2013. But it was not until April 2014 that I started training towards competing within kettlebell sport.
Before this I had trained kettlebell at Elixia where I worked. I noticed quickly that I liked this form of exercise and it built up my body both physically and mentally in a way that made me stronger in life in general, and on the platform.

Maybe more interesting, why did you continue doing it?
Firstly, this form of training gives me much joy and sense of achievement and this is an important motivating factor for me in relation to continuing with kettlebell.
Meanwhile, I feel that this form of exercise also challenge me physically and mentally, and build up my body in a safe, good and healthy way.

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Have you entered any competitions? Do you want to share your results?
Yes, I have participated in several competitions over the past year and a half.
My results are:

  • Scala Cup 2016 1st place, snatch 24kg, 117 reps (Norwegian record)
  • IUKL World Championship 2nd place, snatch 16 kg, 215 reps
  • Cup of Scandinavia 2015 3rd place, TALC 16 kg, 75 reps
  • Valhall open 2015 4th place, TALC 16 kg, 64 reps
  • Valhall open in 2015 4th place, snatch 16 kg, 203 reps
  • Scala cup 2015 1st place, snatch 20 kg, 142 reps
  • IKFF Open 2015 1st place, snatch 20 kg, 163 reps (CMS rank in Norway)
  • NM 2014 2nd place, snatch 16 kg, 152 reps

Do you have a coach? Who is it and which are his/her strengths?
I do have a coach. His name is Per Helge Fjørtoft and his strength is that he see every athlete as an individual human being, programming our training out of that. He also sees the whole person, not just the athlete.

What kind of education do you have in coaching?
I have a master’s degree in sports science and other courses in both kettlebell, yoga, spinning, fitness guidance and strength.

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As a coach, what is important to be like in order to get the best results from your athletes?
For me it is important to see the whole athlete and identify what level, assumptions and goals this athlete has. And after this identify a training program that promotes this athletes health, both physical and mental, towards his or her goals. It is important for me as a coach to listen to my athletes and give them the support and challenges they need.

What is the most challenging thing being a coach?
The biggest challenge I encounter as a coach and teacher is to form a good picture of the whole athlete and make a good programming for that particular athlete.

What are your own strengths as a coach?
My biggest strength as a coach is that I am always 100% present in the things I do and really care about my athletes and what needs they have. Meanwhile, I have a broad professional education within the subject I teach and I am an active performer which enables me to understand the various issues and challenges my athletes and students may be faced with in their everyday training.

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What do you think are the most important personal qualities in an athlete?
The desire to develop step by step every day, and have the patience to take the gradual steps that are required to develop in a proper pace that promotes your physical and mental health. Each day teach you something valuable.

How do you think the future will look like for the sport (GS)? How do you think it will be for you or your athletes?
I feel that it is difficult to predict the development of kettlebell for it is so hard to tell which direction it will go when there are as many opinions as branches and classes within kettlebell. But what I can say for sure is that we face interesting times ahead of us, and I want to be a part of it and develop my skills as a performer in progress with this development.

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What/which are your personal goals in training? (long-term/short-term?)
For this season my goal is to work on developing my snatch technique with 24 kg, and qualify for the European Championships in Poland in May. In EM, I wish for the first time to qualify to participate in the pro class for women -68 kg.

Which discipline do you like the most and why is that?
I like snatch best. Here it’s all about get into a good rhythm with the bell and go into myself and become one with the bell. And work with its gravity and make its weight be my strength.

Do you have any training tips to share?
My best training tip is to find a form of exercise that gives you pleasure and mastery to continue to train on. When you find joy in what you do, it’s easier to get patience and motivation to continue over a longer period of time.
Also listen to others around you and believe that you can learn something new from everyone you meet.

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Who (or what) inspires you?
Inger Ørmen Helgestad inspires me. She never gives up even if she faces uphill and challenges on the road, but she continues to work all the way no matter what.

Per Helge Fjørtoft inspires me because he sees you as an athlete at an incredibly good way and provides an academically good programming and good feedback.

Dmitry Gordejev inspires me because he works hard for what he believes in.

Which exercise is your favourite?
The exercise I like best is the squat.

Have you got any exercises that you hate doing? Which one and why is that?
The exercise I feel I hate to do is glove snatch. Although I feel it gives me a lot this is an exercise I do not like to do.

Is there ever anything that makes you not prioritise training day?
For me exercise is a top priority, and this is very important for me.
But my family, my boyfriend and my friends are also very important to me. So if they need me I always help them at first, but try to adapt my day so I get time for some exercise anyway.

How do you eat? Do you have a special diet or a food-philosophy?
For me food is culture and to feel the joy of eating good and healthy food. But also think about how the diet may help to improve my performance. I have no special diet I follow, I try to eat a varied and healthy diet where I think everything in moderation.

What is your favourite thing to do when you’re not ”kettlebelling” or coaching?
I love the outdoors and experiencing nature with the people who mean a lot to me. Being in nature gives me an opportunity to disengage and just be, without feeling that I have to do anything.

We would like to thank Jane-Christin for wanting to share her thoughts with us. Jane-Christin has made an impressive journey and it is really inspiring to read what she has to say. I am sure we will see alot more of this woman, make sure you follow her way to her goals.

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