About JZM – Jadranka Zivka Marinovic
Hi, my name is Jadranka Zivka Marinovic, also known as Jad, I’m a Melbourne-based professional kettlebell sport athlete, a certified kettlebell instructor, personal trainer and mother of two. 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.
TRANSFORMATION/NEW MUM NEW BODY
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.
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 also a Kettlebell sport representative of four international kettlebell associations, plus the Arnold Classic Australia Kettlebell Sport Captain in Australia, for the purpose of hosting, organizing, sponsoring and competing in this event, to promote the sport of kettlebell lifting.
1st AUSTRALIAN PRO MSWC, KETTLEBELL MARATHON WORLD CHAMPION & PIONEER OF KETTLEBELL MARATHON!
2 x Master of Sport World Class and 5 x Master of Sport!
KETTLEBELL SPORT COMPETITION HISTORY & TITLES
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