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Recent Europe Kettlebell Certifications


I just got back from a 20 day trip out of country, starting with a Kettlebell certification in Bath, UK and finishing with a Kettlebell certification in Stockholm, Sweden. The 14 days in between were spend training Christian Missionaries in Kenya.  I will detail more on that trip in the days to come.

Here are some of the photos from the Bath Certification:

Bath, UK
Bath, UK June 7, 2009


Bath, UK Kettlebell Instructor Certification
Bath, UK Kettlebell Instructor Certification


"Tourist... ugh!"
"Tourist... ugh!"


The Irish Contingency... "Hammer the hammer!"
The Irish Contingency... "Hammer the hammer!"


Photos from the Stockholm, Sweden:

CrossFit STHLM, June 23, 2009
CrossFit STHLM, June 23, 2009


Enjoying Stockholm, but feeling the Jet Lag from Kenya!
Enjoying Stockholm, but feeling the Kenya jet lag!


"Bubba" - CrossFit STHLM
"Bubba" - CrossFit STHLM


Living the dream... 10:30 PM in Stockholm!
Living the dream... 10:30 PM in Stockholm!


Thanks again to all the hosting facilities and participants for making our trip so much fun.  We truly enjoyed meeting and training with you all.  Thank you for all your enthusiasm, hard work, and professionalism.  Hope to visit and train with you all again in the near future!

Upcoming Seminars

Just thought I would give a quick plug for our upcoming seminars. Tactical Athlete certifications and seminars are perfect for your gym or agency. It doesn’t matter if you have never heard of a kettlebell or if you forge kettlebells for a living, you will find that our courses are specific, intense, and raise the bar on your training routine. Often we offer classes at your local Crossfit. If you are interested in having us come to you, contact your local Crossfit owner and ask them to consider hosting us. So far we will be in: Continue reading

TA's new website!

We are starting the year off with a new website!  Please have a look around.  We think our new design is easy to use and eliminates some of the clutter.  Be sure to check out our new blog!  All of our old articles are archived in the blog.  Please let us know if you find any glitches. We hope you enjoy the new site!

Exercise: Hot Potato

The “Hot Potato” is a fun H2H drill that can be easily combined with other H2H drills for interesting combinations. Due to the fact when black kettlebells sit in the hot sun – they get HOT – you’ll find it natural to want to toss the bell like a hot potato!

The Hot Potato is a dynamic drill for strengthening the muscles of the core and upper body.   There are many variations to this exercise; some develop more hand/forearm strength than others.   Be sure to start out with a light kettlebell and gradually progress with both number of reps and with increased weight. Continue reading

Excercise: Snatch

Everyone needs to master the all-important snatch. Heavy or high-repetition snatch lifting will develop your core & grip strength as well as functional strength. The snatch has been described as an “overhead clean”, so if you can perfrom the “swing” and the “clean”, you are ready for the snatch. Continue reading

Exercise: Swing Release

The “Swing Release” is a dynamic “Hand-to-Hand” exercise that refreshes high repetition kettlebell routines that incorporate the traditional “Swing”.


  1. Take a natural stance.
  2. Keep your chest open and your back straight.
  3. Sit back rather than down. (Figure 1)
  4. Keep your shins nearly vertical throughout the exercise.
  5. Lift dynamically rather than hesitantly – SNAP through. (Figure 2)
  6. Keep your arm straight and loose; use your leg power.
  7. Extend you hips and knees on the top.
  8. Actively exhale at the top.
  9. Inhale into your abdomen on the bottom.
  10. When the kettlebell is about chest height, drag your fingers off the handle at a 45 degree angle.
  11. Allow the kettlebell to fly up vertically with the handle horizontal. (Figure 3)
  12. Grab the handle and resume the Swing. (Figure 4) Continue reading

The Strongman Swing: Part II

The “Original” One Hand Swing by Mark Berry

(Editor’s Note: I would like to extend a special thank you to Matt who e-mailed me a copy of Mark Berry’s original exercise description taken from the 1936 The Mark Berry Bar Bell Courses.  If you are ever find yourself without your kettlebell, this is a great dumbbell exercise.  Read carefully, Mr. Berry makes some very interesting points.  For more information on The Mark Berry Bar Bell Courses, check out Continue reading