One Hour Long Cycle

The One Hour Long Cycle (1HLC) is an International Charity Event that allows people around the world to come together for 60 minutes and lift as a unified spirit to make a real difference for those in need.    We have an opportunity to show what is in our hearts.   We can use our tool, the kettlebell, as a vessel to carry us towards greatness, comradery, and helping to save lives.   You will feel the energy from your brothers and sisters lifting next to you.   Their energy will hold you up during the moments you can’t do it alone.  You will finish.   The One Hour Long Cycle,  If you lift in it once, you will lift in it forever.   What’s in your heart?

The One Hour Long Cycle International Charity Event is back for its 7th year!  Kettlebell lifters from around the world are invited to take part individually, or as a group, and lift at the same time no matter where they are in the world, for 60 minutes of kettlebell long cycle (clean and jerk)! This year, we invite you to join us in raising awareness and funds for organizations supporting individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).


  • Date:     Saturday, October 22nd, 2016
  • Time:     11:00am (PST)
  • Where:   Your choice - lift on your own or at a satellite location*

*To host a satellite location, please contact Jason Dolby or Christina Danos


Multiple Sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.  The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted.  Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. There is currently no cure for this disease but researchers are optimistic that a cure is possible.

This is a time for kettlebell lifters worldwide to join together for one cause. It doesn't matter whether kettlebell club or association you belong to.  This is a fun, physical challenge where you can give your sweat and determination to benefit others.


The lifter may choose between two options.  The first option is Solo Style, where the person lifts the bell/bells by themselves for the entire hour.  The second option is Relay Style, where on a team of 5, the person will lift for 2 minutes and then hand the bell to the next teammate and then jump in the back of the line.  The team will run like a conveyor belt for the hour.  The relay option is quite welcoming to the beginner.   Note:  Choose an agreed upon kettlebell weight for your team in order to remain safe and comfortable.


It's pretty simple (maybe not easy) but simple.  Clean the bell from between the legs to the chest, jerk it overhead, and repeat!  We ask the group to stick with the long cycle movement to keep continuity during the event.  Lifters may use whatever kettlebell they like, even one from the local department store.  They can also use a kettlebell of any weight, yes, any weight!!  Lifters can choose to use one kettlebell (switching hands whenever they feel like it), or they can use two kettlebells (a bit more challenging).  We will all start at the same time and we will all, hopefully, finish at the same time.  We will do our very best to honor the cause and not set the kettlebell down at any time during the hour, whether on a relay team or not.  There will not be judges so if you want to keep count of your reps then we recommend having a friend hold a pitch counter to keep tally for you.  And if you are shooting for a record or world mark, you should adhere to the best kettlebell sport technique and standards as possible.  Oh, and you gotta' have fun!