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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.







I began my kettlebell journey in 2007 as a Personal Trainer following the birth of my first son in 2006.  I setup my JZM personal training business, working in a commercial gym, where I first picked up a kettlebell.  I moved on to open the first large commercial kettlebell gym in Australia, ‘Kettlebell Athletica’ and sold my own brand of kettlebells.  Over the course of many years, together with honoured overseas coaches, I have been running certification workshops, small group training sessions or personal training.  I have since devoted many years of my life to the promotion of this wonderful sport in Australia and around the world.  Since 2010 I have been competing in women’s traditional and marathon events, and in addition I also represent other kettlebell organisations, and host and sponsor kettlebell sport competitions, or certifications with visiting world champions, in Australia.

Kettlebell sport is my passion in life! What I love about Kettlebell sport is the challenge of lifting in a variety of events. The appeal is in the physical and mental toughness necessary in this sport to help you keep focused on your goal which also helps me in real life situations. Also because kettlebell sport combines strength, power and strength endurance and it helps you to maintain a lean functionally strong athletic body which is beneficial for well-being.

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

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.



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

Athlete Achievements here: Athlete Achievements link

Competition History Timeline Link Here: Competition list here


Kettlebell Sport Link: Qualifications and Workshops



For the past 5 years I have had the honour to be the Kettlebell Sport Captain at the‘Arnold Sports Festival’. My son Matteus is also the youngest lifter to compete at the Arnold Sports Festival and we’ve both had the opportunity to meet Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This annual event represents one of the main highlights of my kettlebell journey but it followed many years of hard work.

To date I am the Arnold Sports Festival Kettlebell Sport Captain in Australia, President KSAF, and on an international level Kettlebell sport representative for the following international kettlebell Sport associations (WAKSC, KETACADEMY, IGSF, and ASM Vityaz) for the purpose of hosting, organizing, sponsoring and competing to promote the sport of kettlebell lifting.

For more information click here: Promoter and Representative link