Russian Kettlebell Champ Coming To NYC To Detonate An Arsenal of Winning Techniques!
NEW YORK, September 24, 2012—KettleBell Concepts (KBC) is partnering with Crunch Fitness and Yuri Petunovs, the American representative of the International Union of Kettlebell Lifters (IUKL) to host a Kettlebell Sport Seminar with Vasily Ginko—the Vice President of the IUKL on October 12 from 9-4pm at Crunch Gym on 59th Street.
The IUKL is the world’s kettlebell sport lifting organization in Europe with over 20 member countries and thousands of lifters globally. Ginko is taking the United States by storm this October to introduce Americans to the basics of competitive kettlebell lifting—also known as Girevoy Sport. (GS)
“I’m here to help American’s learn how to lift kettlebells, rather than the remote control and fast food. It’s better to be Red than dead. . .right Comrade?” says Ginko jokingly. Kettlebell training has seen a tremendous rebirth in the fitness clubs nationwide. Like Pilates, martial arts, and Yoga. . .kettlebell training is a skill that requires ongoing study and dedication—but as legions of celebrities and gym goers will attest—the results are fantastic. “The kettlebell is a serious tool and it demands the trainers using them have high level, ongoing education behind it so they can keep their skills up to par. This way, they can not only continue to improve themselves, but can also keep their clients progressing as well,” states David Ganulin, the CEO of KettleBell Concepts. Most people don’t realize is that kettlebell lifting is a serious national sport in Eastern Europe with regional, local, and national competitions held under the auspices of the IUKL.
Open to everyone with any level of experience, students will be introduced to the basic elements of kettlebell sport (also called “Girevoy Sport”) history and spend the entire afternoon reviewing rules, preparation and of course—touch on the two core lifts: the snatch and clean and jerk. Will Coker, the Regional Education Representative for Crunch on the East Coast states, “We’ve been working with KettleBell Concepts for years and they’re the ones responsible for training our staff in kettlebell lifting so our staff can safely and effectively bring it to our clients. We’re pleased to host such a high level athlete like Vasily and hope our members will take advantage of the opportunity to learn from a guy like this! It should be a great event.”
“The eventual goal is to try to get competitive kettlebell lifting into the Olympics,” says Petunovs. Kettlebell sport is a very highly regulated in Europe but it is exceptionally young in the United States. Many people who have used kettlebells with a trainer may have absolutely no idea that they are part of a much bigger lineage. Unlike Olympic lifting which is for 1 rep maximum, in Girevoy Sport you use the snatch or clean and jerk to get as many repetitions as you can in 10 minutes. “It’s hell but, what did you expect? It came from the former USSR!” he jokes. “This seminar is perfect for anyone who has ever had a passing interest in kettlebell training—especially the sport aspect. For those who already know how effective they are, this is the perfect introduction to competitive lifting. Vasily does not come to America often. You could even, down the road, try for formal ranking with the IUKL and compete!” says Petunovs.
The fee to attend the workshop is $200.00 and more information can be found at www.kettlebellconcepts.com under “Instructor Training.”
About KettleBell Concepts
David Ganulin is the Founder and CEO of KettleBell Concepts. In business since 2002, KBC is the industry leader in kettlebell education for qualified, currently practicing fitness professionals. KBC was one of the first to import kettlebells into the United States, the first to produce a CEC-approved course for the fitness industry, the first to introduce kettlebell training in a fitness industry trade show, first to conduct and publish the first ever English-language study on kettlebell training in a peer-reviewed journal, and much more. They have produced two industry conventions (http://www.kbcconvention.com) and have trained over 5,000 instructors thus far. KBC was responsible for bringing kb’s to Equinox and has since gone on to work with Crunch, TSI, Life Time Fitness, New York Health and Racquet, and many other fitness facilities nationally and globally. All courses are CEC-approved by ACE, NASM, NSCA, AFAA, NCSF, NFPT, BOC, and many others. For more information go to http://www.kettlebellconcepts.com.
Yuri Petunovs is the United States representative for the IUKL (http://www.giri-iukl.com) and is the owner of http://www.healthfactoryusa.com in Connecticut. He became a fitness specialist and strength trainer in 2001. He has a four year physical education degree, FMS/SFMA (Functional Movement Screening) Certification. KBC Senior Instrucotor, ISSA CTF (International Sports Sciences Association), & WFF (World Fitness Federation) Certified. He became a bodybuilder at 17 year old and in four years of training he achieved 1st place in the European Championship, 2nd place in the World Championship, and had won numerous international championships (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Germany.) After moving to the United States Yuri continues to help people achieve the results they desire, applying his knowledge and professional experience. Less than a year ago he began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and has won the Renzo Gracie Invitational (2009,) NAGA (National Grappling Association) (11/14/09,) & placed 3rd and 2nd in NAGA (7/27/09 and 2/6/10 respectively.) He continues to further broaden his knowledge by participating in and creating various seminars and workshops and applying this knowledge and experience to benefit his clientele.