NZGSA Competition Categories

The NZGSA Athlete Competition Categories are provided here for your reference. We have taken a different approach from the usual formula for determining overall winners and justification is provided here:

In standard competions athletes compete in Novice, Amateur and Pro categories. The IUKL World Champs is Amateur and Pro, with males lifting 24kg and 32kg respectively. In NZ we have a very small group of athletes and a young training age, this means that the vast majority of athletes are lifting Novice or Amateur. To assist in the development of our athletes, NZGSA has decided to allow an athlete to lift any of the 4kg increment kettlebells at competitions, rather than being restricted to 8kg increments as at some competitions. This of course begs the questions, how do we define the winner of the Novice category if some are lifting 8kg and some are lifting 12kg? The standard formula would apply, Reps x KG = Points. Divided by bodyweight this then also allows the organisation to award an overall winner. But there is a flaw in this logic.

If I perform 75 reps Long Cycle @24kg: 75 x 24 = 1800. To equal this score with 32kg I must perform 57 reps: 1800/32 = 56.25.

Anyone who has lifted kettlebells will tell you that 57 reps @32kg is much much harder than 75 reps @24kg. That’s an average amateur performance that would take a MS performance to beat it. After realising there was an issue with the standard simple formula we decided to create something unique that would level the field and encourage the lifting of heavier kettlebells. Hence the allocation of a coefficient to each kettlebell that can be seen in the table below:

We can now group different weight kettlebells into the Novice and Amateur categories and still score fairly. As you can see in the above table the coefficient is based on the standard amateur kettlebell for male and female, a coefficient of 1 for male 24kg and female 16kg. It is then scaled down for the lighter weights and up for the heavier weights. So what does this mean for the Long Cycle example above? Using my personal examples:

0.93 x 16kg x 106 reps = 1577.28

0.94 x 20kg x 92 reps = 1729.6

1 x 24kg x 75 reps = 1800

1.15 x 28kg x 54 reps = 1738.8

1800/32/1.45 = 38.79 reps

16kg-28kg are actual results, with the number of reps required to beat the 24kg score @32kg shown in the last line, a more realistic performance of 39 reps. Obviously this is based off personal results and everyone will have a different ratio of heavy to light lifts. I have since hit 101 @20kg which scores 1898.8 but I consider this a superior performance than the 75 @24kg. These formulas also favour the heavier kettlebells slightly. This is done specifically to reward the athletes lifting the heavier kettlebells and is specific to the stage of development of girevoy sport in NZ. We see that as the athletes improve and more athletes start lifting heavier kettlebells that these coefficients will change over time. For example the 1.45 currently assigned to the Pro bells will likely reduce significantly as more and more athletes lift Pro bells in competition.

These calculated points are used to award Novice and Amateur placings (across two kettlebell weights each) at all NZGSA competitions. The points are then divided by bodyweight to award an overall winner across the three divisions. We believe that these coefficients will allow us to score fairly across all divisions.

NZGSA Records

Here you can see the current New Zealand records in Kettlebell Sport since 2014. To claim a position on the records page your set must be at an approved NZGSA or international competition. Full results of NZGSA approved competitions can be found on our home page.

NZGSA Women’s Records (Updated 9th June 2019)

NZGSA Men’s Records (Updated 9th June 2019)


NZGSA ranking tables are in conjunction with the All Americas Kettlebell Alliance (AAKA) and the International Union of Kettlebell Lifting (IUKL). These tables were composed by the AAKA and the IUKL and are up to date with current events including Women’s Long Cycle and Biathlon, as well as Men’s One Arm Long Cycle. These tables will be used at all NZGSA events and rankings will be awarded to athletes who achieve the required level. You must be a NZGSA member to receive a ranking certificate. Note the full list of weight categories. In NZGSA competitions we use only two weight categories, however rankings will be awarded based on IUKL weight divisions.

Adult Men’s

Adult Women’s

Veteran 50+ Men’s

Veteran 50+ Women’s