In Classic, Competition, Kettlebells

February 01, 2008

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In about May of 2003 I discovered CrossFit when I typed "pull-ups" into an Internet search engine and, no surprise, it appeared high in the results list. I read through the workouts posted on the CrossFit site and was both amazed and skeptical. Who does 100 pull-ups in a workout?! Anyone capable of doing ten was considered a superman in the gym. And who combines lifting with "cardio" for rounds for time? That wasn't what I read in the bodybuilding magazines, and it sure wasn't what the powerlifters in my gym did. I was intrigued and figured I had nothing to lose.

I had joined a gym in 1981 when I finally got sick of being obese and weak. I started with "20 sets per body part" Muscle and Fitness-type bodybuilding workouts, and then moved into competitive powerlifting when I realized I had actually become fairly strong. After sustaining several shoulder injuries and becoming disillusioned with the use of support gear, I stopped powerlifting and was again going through the motions of non-productive lifting routines until CrossFit changed the way I thought about what a workout could be and the results I could get.

In the beginning, I picked through the posted CrossFit Workouts of the Day (WODs), attempting the ones I thought I could manage and posting my results.

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3 Comments on “CrossFit-Powered U.S. Kettlebell Victory”


wrote …

Kelly, I enjoyed this article quite a lot. Thanks for your WOD posts every day, I enjoy the inspiration and get a lot from the way you detail your workout posts. I look forward to meeting you one day. Paul


wrote …

Kelly -
I like the article and you truly are an inspiration.
Thanks -


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Kelly -
Congratulations and thanks for sharing the article with the community. Can you recommend a good DVD (or, DVD's) for learning basic kettlebell technique? While I know a DVD cannot compare with a high-quality coach, I don't have ready access to such an individual where I live. I am mainly interested in improving my form on the basic lifts (snatch, clean, jerk, swing, get-up, etc.).

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