Kettlebell comp in Nelson

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The region’s top kettlebell competition is being held in Stoke this weekend.

The Physical Culture Kettlebell Sport Open is now in its third year and is run by local kettlebell lifter Heath Bowman.

Kettlebells are popular in many gyms as a cross-trainer, but the sport itself has a serious following.

Heath says kettlebell sport “kind of mirrors” Olympic weight lifting.

“So there is a snatch, a clean and jerk. Each event is a ten-minute set, you can’t put the bells down in that time and the goal is to do as many reps as you can in that ten minutes. So it’s very endurance focussed.”

Heath says 11 locals will be joined by four or five lifters from Auckland and one from Christchurch.

“It’s not for everyone, but no sport is for everyone. It’s a very tough sport to do, it takes a lot of training by yourself and the battle is within yourself.”

He says the sport has a good following in Nelson and it’s a sport that “tends to be very addictive”.

“It’s physically tough but it’s the mental challenge that people love. When you’re standing there with two bells in your hands after seven minutes and you’re stuffed, thinking ‘I’ve still got three to go’. That’s a mental challenge.”

The competition is being held on Saturday, April 23, at Evolve Fitness Solutions on 4a Fuji Court in Stoke. Everyone is welcome to come and watch. For more information on the competition or on kettlebell training, email Heath on [email protected]