On October 6th, The Ferrers School in Higham Ferrers is the venue for the second Kettlebell Pentathlon to be co-hosted by Rushden Kettlebell Club. Over 40 athletes will converge on the school to lift, encourage, socialise, eat good food and generally have a great time such is the community spirit around competitive kettlebell lifting.
The Kettlebell pentathlon is one of the more accessible forms of kettlebell sport. Each lifter lifts for a total of 30 minutes with each lift taking 6 minutes. There is a 5 minute break between each lift. Each competitor can have up to 5 weights on the platform with them. Strategy plays a big part in the Pentathlon. Heavier bells are worth more points per lift but this can be offset if you do less repetitions as a result.
Only a single bell is lifted at anyone time though and multiple hand changes are allowed.
We have competitors from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and even as far away as Poland so this is truly an International event. We also have two juniors registered so far, one of which is only 7!
Rushden Kettlebell club is being very well represented here with a dozen contestants taking to the lifting platforms to show off all their hard work over the last few months. Many of these are first time competitors.
Rushden Kettlebell club gets together every Tuesday evening at Corpus Conditioning in Rushden. The training includes a mix of kettlebell sport and general fitness conditioning training. If you would like to know more, please use the contact form to get in touch.
As a coach, I have competed at both national and international level and won Gold medals in both. I also hold several UK records in kettlebell lifting. I am currently in training for the IKMF World championships in Spain along with my foster son Corey. Rushden Kettlebell club is the only kettlebell sport club in all of Northamptonshire so please come along if you’re keen to get involved.
Entry is free for spectators and there will be food served by Mrs B’s Sandwich Emporium. Lifting starts at 10 am. Really hope to see you there.
All photography by Jason Huckle