Exponents of an endurance sport that can be done at home vied for national honours in Albury on Saturday.
The 2019 Australian National Kettlebell Championships at Albury Entertainment Centre saw competitors lift up to 64 kilograms overhead repeatedly in 10-minute cycles.
Judges watched on, assessing the form of each repetition before adding it to the competitor's total, with event winners determined by a formula based on body weight and the weight of the bell.
Girevoy Sport Australia president Cheryl Schneider said the participants - men, women, junior and veterans - came from Ireland, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Perth, Sydney and Bendigo as well as Albury-Wodonga.
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"Many people are doing multiple lifts today so it's actually the biggest event we've run in Australia," she said.
Those successful will qualify for the Australian squad for the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting World Championships in Serbia in November.
Miss Schneider said kettlebell sport in Australia tended to attract more female competitors.
"You only need a metre square, you don't need much equipment, you can do it in your own house, you only need to train for 10, 15 minutes at a time, so you don't have to do hours and hours of training to do it," she said.
"It's really about mental strength and toughness.
"It's a full body work-out, you get that weight training from it, you get that aerobic training from it, so it really ticks a lot of boxes."
Gerogery's Joanne Parker, a personal trainer, took up the sport about 12 months ago, with Saturday's championships being her fifth competition.
After achieving a personal best of 103 repetitions with a 10 kilogram kettlebell, she told The Border Mailcompetitors came in "all different shapes, sizes, ages".
Everyone supported each other, but during a set Ms Parker had no idea what the competitors alongside her were doing.
"So I only judge myself against me, that's what I like about the sport," she said.
"I like the endurance aspect of it. I like that it's inside - I normally run, so winter, you're running outside in the rain, this is climate-controlled and quite pleasant."
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