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 About JZM – Jadranka Zivka Marinovic

img_HomeAboutJadHi, my name is Jadranka Zivka Marinovic, also known as Jad, I’m a mother of two, certified personal trainer, Kettlebell Sport Coach, and professional kettlebell sport athlete. I specialise in Kettlebell training for fitness, sport and Kettlebell Juggling.

A little bit about my background, how I got into kettlebell training and transformation!

My life has revolved around my passion for lifting weights and fitness. As a child I did gymnastics and dancing, but I also had an adventure living in Croatia between the ages of 12 and 14. During those years I discovered my true strength, and had lots of chances to test it out living on a farm. As a teenager, at 15 years old, I started lifting weights and wanted to inspire women to lift weights. As a builder’s daughter, I am no stranger to lifting odd heavy objects on site, at a property development.  In 1992 I began my career in the fitness industry as an Aerobics Instructor, and I have 25 years of conventional strength training experience. Basically I was what they call a ‘gym junkie’, training 6 days a week for 2 hours a day minimum. I also have a background as a fitness bikini model and dancer at fashion shows.  



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Following the birth of both my sons, I gained over 30 kg, and quickly discovered that  no matter how motivated I was it was constantly a challenge  for me to  train in the gym consistently.  For the first time in my life I was out of shape, weak with no energy to do basic tasks. I was determined to find a new way to train that will fit into my new lifestyle as a new Mum.  I started to do research online in 2006 of alternative ways to exercise and discovered the Kettlebell which was life changing!  Since discovering the kettlebell  and not only getting back into shape but stronger than ever before, I became very passionate about teaching others about the benefits of kettlebell training.  After years of lifting weights in the gym, I stopped training and working in conventional gyms, gave up my professional career in IT, sold my investment property, and took the plunge and opened a dedicated kettlebell gym “Kettlebell Athletica” that specializes in kettlebell lifting in all aspects, as well as odd object lifting — Australia’s 1st.  I also manufactured my own brand of kettlebells (Kettlebell Athletica) which I  distribute around Australia and started teaching workshops and the rest is history.


KETAcademy Kettlebell Sport Coach

IKSFA Kettlebell Sport Coach

IKSA (International Kettlebell & Strength Training Academy – Level
2 Certified Coach

Certified Australian Kettlebell Instructor (AKI)

Qualified Personal Trainer (Cert IV), and Group Exercise Instructor

In addition in 2008 I started training with a Russian coach in Australia, learning all aspects of Kettlebell Lifting for kettlebell fitness, kettlebell juggling, and in addition odd object lifting for strength and conditioning. In 2010 I engaged the services of an online Russian coach to specialize in kettlebell sport as both an athlete and coach and have also completed several kettlebell sport Certifications.



To date I am the Arnold Sports Festival Kettlebell Sport Captain in Australia, and also a Kettlebell sport representative of four international kettlebell associations (WAKSC, KETACADEMY, IGSF, WKSF, and ASM Vityaz) for the purpose of hosting, organizing, sponsoring and competing to promote the sport of kettlebell lifting.


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2 x Master of Sport World Class, 8 x Master of Sport and 5 x World Champion!


  • 2010 AKC/WKC Champion of America – 1st Place Absolute and 60 kg w/c PRO 16 kg Biathlon
  • 2010 GSAA/IUKL National Champion of Australia – 1st Place 58kg w/c PRO 24 kg Snatch
  • 2011 IGSF Kettlebell Marathon Championship – World Record 1st Place 60 kg w/c 1 Hour 16 kg Jerk
  • 2011 ICKLM Champion of 1st World Olympiad of Weight Lifting Masters – World Record 1st Place 65 kg w/c Half Marathon 16kg Jerk
  • 2012 GSAA/IKSFA National Champion of Australia – 1st Place Absolute and 65 kg w/c LC 16 kg
  • 2013 KBA/Ketacademy 1hour Marathon Champion – World Record 1st Place LC 16 kg
  • 2013 GSAA/IKSFA National Champion of Australia – 1st Place Absolute and 58kg w/c PRO LC 20kg
  • 2013 KBA/Ketacademy Champion of Australia, – 1st Place Absolute and 58kg w/c PRO LC 24kg
  • 2014 GSAA/IUKL National Champion of Australia – 1st Place Absolute and 58kg w/c PRO Snatch 24kg
  • 2014 GSAA/IUKL 1st Australia World Cup PRO Champion, 1st Place Absolute and 58kg w/c Snatch 24kg
  • 2014 OALC Charity Event – IKMF World Record 60 kg w/c 1 Hour LC 2 x 8 kg
  • 2014 WAKSC/KBA 1st World Grand Prix Australia PRO Champion– 1st Place Absolute and 58kg w/c Biathlon 24 kg
  • 2015 WAKSC/KBA 2nd WGP / 1st Arnold Classic Australia PRO Champion – 1st Place Absolute and 58 kg w/c Jerk 24 kg
  • 2015 IKMF Kettlebell Marathon – IKMF World Record 60 kg w/c 2 Hour Jerk 8 kg
  • 2015 IKMF 1st in History Kettlebell Marathon World Championship PRO Champion – IKMF World Record 1st Place Absolute and 65 kg w/c 1 Hour Jerk 16 kg
  • 2015 IKMF Kettlebell Marathon – 65 kg w/c 1 Hour Jerk 12 kg MSWC
  • 2016 WAKSC/KBA 3nd WGP / 2nd Arnold Classic Australia PRO Champion – 1st Place Absolute LC 24 kg Half Marathon MS & World Record
  • 2016 ASM World Cup Vityaz – 65 kg w/c Half Marathon Jerk 24 kg MSIC & World Record
  • 2017 WAKSC/KBA 4nd WGP / 3rdd Arnold Classic Australia PRO Champion – 1st Place Absolute TALC 2 x 12 kg Half Marathon 1st MS lifting doubles in Australia, Australian Record and New World  Record in 58 kg W/C!  1st Place Absolute TALC 2 x 16 kg Rank 1  and new Australian Record in 58 kg W/C!
  • 2017 1st KBA Perth Open – 1st Place Absolute TAJ 2 x 20 kg Jerk Div, 63 kg w/c achieving Rank 1
  • 2017 IGSF 26th World Championship in Greece – IGSF 25th Kettlebell Sport World Championships in Loutraki Greece – 3 x Gold Medalist & Master of sport! 1st Place TAJ 2 x 16 kg Jerk Div, 60 kg w/c in Open & Veteran Div, 1st Place Snatch 16 kg, 60 kg w/c in Veteran Div. Rank Master of Sport IGSF Snatch only.
  • KBA Melb Open / 5th WGP at the 4th Arnold Sports Festival PRO Champion – 1st Place Absolute Jerk 2 x 20 kg Rank 1 in 58 kg W/C.
  •  2018 IGSF Australia Cup 1st Place Absolute TALC 2 x 20 kg  in 58 kg W/C!
  • 2018 WAKSC 1st Kettlebell Marathon World Championship 1 Hour Marathon Gold & 1st Australian Master of Sport lifting doubles in Australia, Australian Record and New World  Record in 58 kg W/C & age category!

 (Special achievement/s as an athlete?)

  • 2018 Australias only 5 x Kettlebell Sport World Champion.
  • 2017 – History becoming Australia’s 1st female Master of Sport lifting double kettlebells (Arnold Sports Festival Australia) and World Champion in double kettlebell event in Jerk only (IGSF Worlds)
  • History becoming Australia’s 1st 3 x Gold Medalist & Master of sport at the IGSF World Championship! 1st Jerk Only World Champion in the world in the 60 kg w/c
  • Most recently in 2016 I made history becoming first Australian to achieve the highest title in Kettlebell Sport which is the rank “Master of Sport International Class” with 24 kg in Russia at the Moscow World Cup organized by ASM Vityaz. I have trained years for this title and to achieve it in Moscow where the first official kettlebell Sport competition was in 1948 was a dream come true. I also made kettlebell sport history becoming 1st female in the World to achieve the MSIC rank with 24 kg in a kettlebell marathon event in an official competition.
  • 2015 Achieving the rank MSWC and 1st Australian Kettlebell Marathon World Champion, World Record representing Australia at the 1st in History Kettlebell Marathon World Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
  • 2015 1st Super Kettlebell Marathon Woman 2 hour World Record in World.
  • 2014 1st Woman in the World to lift double kettlebells for 1 hour in a Kettlebell Marathon recognized by the IKMF since 2014 as extreme marathon.
  • 2013 December – 1st Master of Sport with 24kg in Australia and in June – Long Cycle 1 hour World Record with 16 kg 13 mths postnatal.
  • 2011 Pioneering the Kettlebell marathon event in Australia becoming Australia’s 1st Kettlebell Marathon Champion competing in Italy winning Gold and set new world record.  In addition achieved 1st half marathon World Record!