It was in 2019 when I became certified by Steve Cotter that I truly discovered the power of kettlebell training.
Since then, I haven’t looked back.
However, the journey was far from easy, and I’d like to take a few minutes to share my story with you.
I believe it will resonate with those who have faced similar challenges.
I vividly recall the first time I picked up a 20 kg kettlebell while preparing for Steve Cotter’s IKFF certifications.
I was immediately overwhelmed by the weight.
How was I supposed to lift two of those kettlebells 40 times and then snatch one of them for 100 reps, all without putting them down?
But let’s backtrack a little.
It all began in February 2019 when I made arrangements for Steve Cotter to come to my studio in Switzerland for private coaching and certification.
I was thrilled that such a master in the field was coming to visit us, and there was no turning back.
As I researched the fitness tests for Steve Cotter’s IKFF certificates, I approached the 20 kg kettlebell with determination.
However, as a younger trainer with a background in split training and bodybuilding, I was shocked to discover that even the 16 kg kettlebell proved challenging when attempting to snatch it overhead multiple times.
It left my forearm in pain, my palms chafed, and my spirits low.
In my moment of despair, I reached out to Steve, expressing doubts about my ability to succeed.
Looking back, I now realize that this was a crucial turning point in my journey from being a kettlebell novice to becoming the expert I am today.
Fast forward to the certification day in June 2019—a personal experience I will never forget.
On that day, during Steve Cotter’s IKFF certification, I was about to face the 20 kg kettlebell for the first time.
Even the 16 kg kettlebell had been a challenge for me during the snatches.
As a younger trainer with a focus on split-training and bodybuilding, it was disheartening to struggle with what seemed like a relatively small weight.
However, I continued to train diligently, refining my technique. Eventually, Angie and I managed to pass the CKT1 test.
Yet, the ultimate test still lay ahead of me.
Forty jerks and 100 snatches with a 20 kg kettlebell—a solid Russian BIATHLON.
I was nervous, doubting whether I could accomplish it.
When the time came, I went in second since Angie had passed her test before me. Nervous yet determined, I faced the challenge head-on.
Everything went smoothly until the 36th rep, when a momentary loss of balance led Steve to shout “No Count!”
I felt like giving up, but Angie’s motivating screams and Steve’s reminder to focus on “fast legs” ignited a second wind within me.
With their support, I managed to reach the 40th rep.
During the 100-rep snatch test with the 20 kg kettlebell, I suffered cuts and wounds that I referred to as “battle scars” at the time.
Adrenaline masked the pain until after the set was completed.
Looking back, this challenging yet immensely rewarding experience taught me the value of perseverance and unwavering dedication.