Kettlebell Coach Thierry Sanchez

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Over the years, I was lucky to become a kettlebell coach, thanks to people like Vasily Ginko, Valery Fedorenko, Steve Cotter, Denis Vasiliev, Anton Anasenko and Oleh Ilika.

But my journey into strength training actually started quite late. The motivation came from a serious mountain bike injury in my 30’s which left me weak, in a lot of pain, and with limited mobility in my hips and shoulders. At an age where most people stop being physically active and accept their daily aches and limitations,  I started to regain control of my body and improve beyond my expectations. My mood and energy levels went up as well.

In 2008 I decided to it was time to study more in depth, so I took a one year strength trainer diploma with DIF, the National Olympic Committee and Sports Confederation of Denmark. During that period, I also became attracted to kettlebells and other ancient tools such as sandbags, and Indian clubs.

I have used that knowledge to empower and help many people achieve their goals, win medals or just win over themselves.

Between 2009 and 2015, I competed in Kettlebell Sport as a veteran, even winning a World Championship title. I also have Danish records in Snatch, Jerk, and Clean & Jerk and Extreme Kettlebell Marathon.
In 2012 I created the Danish Kettlebell Sport Organization, and became vice president for IKMF in 2013.



The Uruz is an ancient Nordic rune that represents strength, health, vitality and new beginnings.


  • Have clear goals but remain flexible and understand why you are training. Each training session should build on the previous one.
  • We are meant to be able to move in 3 planes of motion. Retain or regain your ability to move to fully express your strength outside of the gym.
  • Most people need both strength AND endurance. Strength has many aspects, including fortitude (mental and emotional strength).
  • Training should be a positive element that enhances your lifestyle, not one that takes over it. Keep your training simple, short and straight to the point. I do not know if there is anything as sustainable strength training, it’s what I call it though…
  • Pick exercises that you can do with proper form and without pain. Do not become emotionally attached to an exercise, a piece of equipment or a training method.
  • Most of our time is spent indoors, sitting still, walking on flat surfaces and looking at objects in the confine of a small room. Even strength training, with all its benefits, has shortcomings. Walk and play outside: challenge yourself with new movement patterns, walk barefoot on uneven terrain, look at the horizon…
  • Speed your recovery process by improving your sleep quality and reducing your stress levels, before worrying about supplements and gimmicks.


  • 2015: Kettlebell Sport Danmark, National championship – Gold medal in Snatch
  • 2015: IKMF World championship, veteran division – Silver medal in Snatch
  • 2015: IKMF – Danish record in 2 hour Long Cycle Extreme Marathon
  • 2014: IGSF World championship, veteran division – Bronze medal in Long Cycle, Gold medal in Team Relay
  • 2013: Kettlebell Sport Danmark, National championship –Gold medal in Snatch, Gold in Long Cycle
  • 2013: Ventspils Atlants, veteran division – Silver medal in Snatch
  • 2012: Kettlebell Sport Danmark, National championship – Gold medal in Snatch
  • 2012: IGSF World championship, veteran division –  Silver medal in Snatch & Snatch sprint
  • 2010: IGSF World championship, veteran division – Gold medal in Jerk, Silver in Snatch