Certified Kettlebell Trainer Level 2

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The CKT Level 2 certification builds on the principles taught in level 1 – proper mechanics/alignment, proper breathing and proper groove (k-bell trajectory and position).  Utilizing this information as a base, the CKT Level 2 certification focuses on double k-bell work with an emphasis on enhanced power, athleticism, explosiveness, strength and a whole new level of work capacity. As with the Level 1 course, the high level focus will be on both the “technical” and “coaching” aspects of each lift.

Exercises covered:

  • Double Snatch
  • Double Jerk
  • Double swings
  • Double clean
  • Double Press
  • Alternating Press
  • Alternating Clean
  • Bottoms Up Clean & Press
  • Open Palm Press
  • Double Push Press
  • Double Snatch
  • Alternating Snatch
  • OH Squat
  • Double OH Squat
  • 1 Leg DL
  • Pistol
  • Windmill
  • TGU
  • Get Up Sit Up
  • Bottoms Up Pushups
  • 2 Hands Anyhow
  • Sots Press


The IKFF prides itself on producing coaches that are the gold standard in the industry. Thus, our criteria for passing is strict.  Attending/participating alone is not enough to obtain CKT status. You must meet the designated criteria connected to the technical and coaching components of the course. All CKT Level 2 candidates must pass a stringent assessment in order to successful complete the requirements and achieve the Level 2 CKT distinction. The assessment is to be the performance of all level 2 techniques. Form is checked to assure effective understanding and performance of the movements. In the case that a candidate is unable to successfully demonstrate competence in one of more of the Level 2 techniques, the student will receive a Certificate of Participation and will need to subsequently demonstrate correction of the techniques. There are numerous avenues in order to accomplish this, including attending a review Level 2 course, testing in person with an IKFF regional representative or by providing video evidence of the corrected techniques. In addition to the assessment, all Level 2 CKT candidates must perform a Fitness Test during the Level 2 course, which consists of: Men:

  • Option 1 
    • 2 KB Jerk: 2x20kg x 40 reps;
    • Snatch: 20kg x 50/50
  • Option 2
    • 2 KB Jerk: 2x16kg x 65 reps;
    • Snatch: 16kg x 75/75
  • Option 3
    • 2 KB Jerk: 2x24kg x 30 reps;
    • Snatch: 24kg x 35/35


  • Option 1
    • 2 KB Jerk: 2x8kg x 65 reps;
    • Snatch: 8kg x 75/75
  • Option 2
    • 2 KB Jerk: 2x12kg x 40 reps;
    • Snatch: 12kg x 50/50
  • Option 3
    • 2 KB Jerk: 2x16kg x 30 reps;
    • Snatch: 16kg x 35/35

**Note that the person has an option of which weight to use; this allows for individual differences in size, age, BW, etc; someone who is relatively strong but not good at endurance may wish to opt for heavier KB/less reps; someone who is not very strong but is fit may opt for lighter KB/more reps, etc**

Recertification Process

CKT’s are required to update their certification status every three years.  This will be based on calendar year (not the actual date). Thus, if you became a CKT in March 2010, you would need to be re-certified sometime before the end of 2013. The goal of the re-certification is straight-forward – continuing education.  We are consistently learning and being exposed to new information.  Thus, it’s important our coaches stay abreast of updates to the CKT program and remain on the cutting edge on what’s happening in the fitness world. The pricing for the re-certification is dependent on when you choose to attend.  Those who re-certify early will get a significant discount.  Below is a pricing break-down:

  • Re-certification in the next calendar year: $300 
  • Re-certification at two calendar years: $700 
  • Re-certification at three calendar years: $1,295

Upon completion of a re-certification, your CKT status will be updated for 3 years AFTER your original expiration.  As an example, if you attend a re-certification on March 2010 but it wasn’t set to expire until March 2011, your certification will be good until the end of 2014. If you choose to attend a CKT in the same calendar year in which you were certified, this will be defined as a “CKT Review” and will not update your CKT status for obvious reasons (It’s the same calendar year).

  • CKT review within same calendar year: $225

Being that this is a new policy, 2010 will be the start year for all CKT’s.  Thus, all CKT’s have 3 years to update their status via the protocol listed above.

If you want to get certified, please look for the CKT Level 2 Course nearest to you in our Events Calendar.