Archive for "Jan 2011"

Per Helge Fjørtoft – personal trainer and kettlebell competitor

Born: 1980
Grew up: Fjørtoft, Haram
Place of recidence: Kristiansand, Norway

Per Helge stopped by our studio a cold winter day for the interview. He was on his way home from Christmas celebration with his family, but had some time for us on his way to Kristiansand in the southern part of Norway. Per Helge is certified NGKF / AFPT by Christian Velle, IUKL / IKSA Level 2 and a CST instructor. Today he works as a (more…)

Soon 100 gyms in Oslo?

The Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten Aften had an article yesterday reporting that there are now 81 commercial gyms in Oslo (population 600.000), and the amount is expected to raise to maybe 100 this year. There is a price war on the training market, there will be more cheap gym chains, and they compete with creative offers to get their clients.

© Monica Strømdahl

© Monica Strømdahl

Paal Hansen, CEO of Fresh Fitness AS, said that they will have at least ten gyms in Oslo in 2011, ie seven new ones. The cheap gym chain EVO is also planning several new gyms in Oslo.

A survey by Synovate shows that there are five percent more clients in gyms in 2009 compared with 2007, ie an increase of almost 25,000 people just in Oslo, in two years.
Hasse Hoftvedt, who started the gym chain Fitness Express four years ago, believes that there are too many new gyms opening in the capital of Norway.
- What the other cheap gym chains are doing, is madness. Now it’s a war to get customers, and there are guaranteed someone who cannot get enough members.

What is certain is that there are increasing opportunities for those who want to train, and prices are now pushed very low.

What does this mean for us?
Does any of these gyms provide kettlebells at all? And where do we prefer to train? As you can see from our images, we at Kettlebell Norway love to train at inspiring places out in the nature, but the weather and temperature does not always allow that. Therefore we ask you, where do you prefer to train? Answer the poll below.

You can read the full article at Oslopuls (Norwegian):

Where do you prefer to train with kettlebells? (multiple choices possible)

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Happy New Year from Kettlebell Norway!

Kettlebell Norway was started out of inspiration and enthusiasm, and we have so far been well received in both Norway and abroad, and we’re counting nearly 300 fans on our Facebook fan page. We have positioned ourselves in the web-jungle, and an increasing number of people find us via relevant Google searches. This shows that the site fulfills its mission, but now we must deliver.

So what happens in 2011?
We will continue on our path to be an inspiring site for kettlebell enthusiasts. We will collect and provide information, give you beautiful and motivational pictures, present exciting personalities in Norway (and maybe from abroad?), and put Norway on the map in the kettlebell world. We also have some exciting projects underway that we can not reveal yet. So stay tuned!

We wish you all a happy New Year, with healthy and successful training!