Kettlebell nationals held in Sidney recently

With their feet planted firmly to the ground, powder brushed onto their hands and legs in a squatted position, lifters prepared their lift.

Heidi Metz

With their feet planted firmly to the ground, powder brushed onto their hands and legs in a squatted position, lifters prepared their lift.

Taking place at the Mary Winspear Centre, athletes from all over the country competed in the Canadian Kettlebell Sport Nationals.

Trainer and owner of Iron-Bell Fitness Linda Gilmour said in kettlebell sport, there’s different lifts that people can do, so they are judged on technical requirements.

Some of the lifters lift double bells for a duration of two minutes, while others lifted single bells for 10 minutes, but are only allowed to switch their arm once with the kettlebell.

Gilmour said there were 85 competitors doing around 106 lifts.

For those wishing to get involved, they need to find a gym that offers kettlebell sport specific activities, versus just kettlebell training. Gilmour’s website is victoriakettlebell.ca.