Bristol Kettlebell club Member Profile – Paul Doddrell



Learn more about kettlebell training, the people who do it, the results they have had and why they enjoy it so much.

This is a series of blog post’s showing exactly who trains at Bristol Kettlebell club and what they have to say about it.

Kicking the series off is Paul Doddrell

Paul Doddrell - Turkish get up


When did you get into kettlebell training?

I started attending in November 2011 but have been training 3 times a week (when I can) since January.


What attracted you to kettlebell  training?

I had been struggling to lose weight for some time and was finding other exercise just wasn’t doing it. I had heard good reviews about kettlebell training so thought I would give it a try.


Some say it’s really tough, is it?

It is an intense exercise, however Pete explains things carefully and starts you off on your own ability, this way you can increase how hard you push yourself but with guidance from Pete.


What other types of fitness have/do you enjoy?

I used to enjoy zumba and Kung Fu, however I feel that kettlebells is more beneficial to me providing an all over body workout, strength and conditioning.

Paul Doddrell - Kettlebell swing


There is a lot of hype surrounding kettlebell training, what kind of results have you seen?

I have lost 20 pounds in weight since starting and increased my strength. This is turn has boosted my confidence and fitness levels. I’ve gone from a 38 inch waste to a 34 inch waste. On top of this Pete provides you with excellent advice about nutrition and is always on hand for any advice.


What size kettlebells do you work with?

I started off using a 12kg bell for all workouts and now I am using a 20kg bell for swings and a 16kg bell for all other workouts.


What are your future goals within kettlebell training?

To gain more lean muscle, strength and conditioning, and to be able to snatch a 28kg bell.


Paul Doddrell



Word from Pete – Paul shows us exactly what can be achieved through hard work, consistency and dedication. He is always keen to train and very rarely misses a session. His strength is building and he was particularly impressive in the recent strongman contest where he won the sled pull event. Given his attendance and perseverance I have no doubt Paul will reach his goals and get in even greater shape. Well done mate!


More profiles to come, check back to the blog very soon.


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