Local businessman Alan Lyon was recently crowned UK Kettlebell Pentathlon Champion in a keenly fought competition at Bury St Edmonds, Ipswich.
Alan is Head Instructor of Garioch Kettlebells and trains and runs the rapidly expanding Kettlebells Fitness Classes at Garioch Sports Centre in Inverurie. He is a certified IKFF Kettlebell trainer (IKFF level 1&2) and a Strength/Conditioning coach (Training for Warriors level 1&2). Alan set up Garioch Kettlebells as a training group last September and already has a team of three instructors who teach out of Garioch Sports centre.
After coming a close second in the 2013 competition, Alan travelled south on March 2, this year with something to prove. Matching himself in the Open Competition against a range of competitors from full time fitness instructors, power lifters and Kettlebell trainers with no weight or age categories, Alan completed an amazing series of five six minute non-stop lifting sets (which have five minute recovery between each) where the Kettlebell does not touch the floor at any point. During his total time of 50 minutes on the platform Alan completed a series of lifts derived from the basis of power lifting as follows: Cleans 36kg - 105 reps; Long Cycle Overhead Press 24kg- 60reps; Jerk 28kg- 97reps; Half Snatch 28kg – 84reps; Push Press 24kg - 102reps
Alan lifted a total weight of 12.736 tonne to amass a total points haul of 1591 to make him the overall winner by 24 points.
This weekend, Sunday May 4, Alan is leading a 10 strong team of Kettlebell lifters from Garioch Kettlebells (five men, five ladies) down to the first Scottish Kettlebell Pentathlon Open competition at Forth Valley Kettlebells in Alloa. The team have been training hard for weeks under Alan’s guidance and are hoping to bring some silverware home to Inverurie
If you would like to find out more about this growing sport Alan is holding a beginners workshop at Garioch Sports Centre at 8pm on Tuesday, May 6. Places can be booked by contacting the Sports centre or through Alan firstname.lastname@example.org.