1. Station Overview: Meet Your Coaches Jeff Martone & Zach Filer!

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Jeff Martone is the founder and CEO of Tactical Athlete® Training Systems, INC. Jeff is considered a pioneer and one of the "founding fathers" of the modern kettlebell movement in the United States. His list of notable credits include:

  • First to implement Kettlebell program into a federal law enforcement academy, 2001
  • Achieved Rank “Master of Sport” in Long Cycle event, March 2012
  • 2x North American Record Holder in Long Cycle
  • Achieved Rank “Candidate Master of Sport” in Snatch Only event, June 2013
  • Certified Kettlebell Sport Judge, IKSFA, May 2013
  • Kettlebell Sport Lifting Coach, IKSFA, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2010 and 2011
  • Creator of CrossFit Kettlebell Trainers Course (Basic and Advanced)
  • Kettlebell SME (subject matter expert) for CrossFit 2006-present
  • Senior Instructor for the RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge), 2001-2005
  • Creator of H2H Kettlebell Drills (i.e. Kettlebell juggling), 2002
  • CrossFit Level I & II Coach, 2004, 2006
  • Creator of S.H.O.T. (Super High Output Training), 2006
  • American Kettlebell Club Coach, 2006
  • Presenter at national and international conferences, seminars and workshops.


Zach Filer is an owner and Head Coach at CrossFit Hinge. While Zach has a substantial list of credentials, he takes the most pride in the success of his athletes and the countless hours of personal training and group coaching he has acquired over the course of his career. Zach feels it necessary to lead by example, working tirelessly towards improving himself as a coach and dedicating himself to those who entrust him with their training. Zach continues to seek training under the most respected coaches and organizations in sport and strength in order to always keep his skill set new and sharp. Some of his notable certifications are:

  • Tactical Athlete Certified
  • Advanced CrossFit Kettlebell Certified
  • CrossFit Kettlebell Certified
  • CrossFit Level 1 Certified
  • CrossFit Barbell Certified
  • CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certified
  • CrossFit Football Certified
  • CrossFit Nutrition Certified
  • IKSFA Kettlebell Sport Performance Coach Certified



COURSE DESCRIPTION

Why Kettlebells?

Classic Kettlebell exercises (i.e. snatch, jerk, long cycle), performed for time, are cyclical in nature and fall into the same category as running, biking, swimming or rowing. Practicing the classic kettlebell lifts will improve cardiovascular endurance, strength endurance and power endurance.

Kettlebell training develops joint flexibility, strengthens tendons and ligaments as well as many stabilizer muscles which makes it an excellent rehab tool to train around and fix common injuries of lower back, shoulders, knees, elbows, wrists.

Focus on technique, timing, relaxation and coordination. Movements that are more efficient, effective and purposeful will automatically result in be better performance, endurance, and power output.


What is this course?

The intention and focus is on precise movement and rhythmic breathing patterns during all Kettlebell lifts. Optimizing your technique (i.e. virtuosity) is the most important aspect within this training session.


There is no such thing as style in kettlebell lifting (Hard vs Soft). There are only different approaches to training and different training goals. Endurance is the ability to resist fatigue and to effectively recover during and after activity. It is typically characterized by either the number of repetitions until failure, or by the amount of time one can maintain a prescribed pace. Endurance is a determining physical factor in Kettlebell Lifting.

The application of kettlebell sport techniques and cyclical breathing cycles will prove to be an invaluable tool for increasing your work capacity over broad time and modal domains.


How is this experience presented?

Course participants will enter into a first-person lecture and movement practical covering the:

  1. Russian Swing
  2. American Swing
  3. Clean: Single & Double
  4. Press & Push Press - Double
  5. Thruster
  6. Jerk
  7. Long Cycle: Clean & Jerk
  8. Snatch - Double