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Brit who took up kettlebell juggling just 2 years ago after getting unfit has come third in European competition

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<p>A Brit who took up kettlebell juggling just two years ago after getting unfit has come third in a European competition.<br></p><p>Elisha Millard, from Crouch End, north London, started training in 2020 after worrying about letting himself go in his 30s.</p><p>He quickly realised he had a talent for kettlebell juggling and last weekend took part in the European Open Championships in Poland, where he came in third place.</p><p>Elisha says he was encouraged to take the exercise seriously after posting some videos online.</p><p>Fellow jugglers saw the footage and encouraged him to enter the championships - where he is believed to be the first Brit to take part.</p><p>Elisha, a musician and sound technician said: "I'm ecstatic and so proud to be the first from the UK to compete at this level, and I'm extremely pleased with my result.</p><p>"I'm very proud to have introduced the UK to the European Kettlebell juggling community.</p><p>"I didn't realise how good I was until the pros invited me to take part.</p><p>"I never thought fitness would be a thing for me. I've gone from just walking and no gym at all two years ago to this and it's amazing.</p><p>"I'm really looking forward to the competition.</p><p>"Getting fit and discovering I have a real talent for kettlebell juggling has had such a positive impact on my mental health as well.</p><p>"It helps let off steam and has rekindled all my energy and confidence.</p><p>"And my physique has changed a lot - I've had to buy a load of new shirts."</p><p>Elisha and fiancée Vinay Heer, 41, started listening to health podcasts during the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.</p><p>It was then they decided to try using kettlebells - starting off with a 10 kilo weight which left them in agony.</p><p>Determined to improve, Elisha started two or three 20 minute sessions a week using an 8 or 10kg kettlebell.</p><p>He joined a gym and increased to 12kg and 45 minute sessions three to four times a week in June when lockdown lifted.</p><p>At that time he could only manage ten repetitions of a kettlebell exercise before having to stop, but after a year he'd ramped that up to 30, which took him a minute.</p><p>He was able to keep going for ten minutes, completing 90 reps with 15kg, by March 2022.</p><p>Elisha has trained for an hour kettlebell juggling six days a week since registering for the competition in September, and added in a 45 minute bar-bell workout four times a week.</p><p>Elisha says he used to stop for a break when carrying shopping from the supermarket to their flat.</p><p>But, after two years of training, he can cover the 200m and two staircases with no difficulty.</p><p>Elisha has been training up to 16 hours a week for the competition since registering in September.</p><p>He has a routine of 30 moves which have to run one into the next without putting the kettlebell down for the competition.</p><p>He'll join five other men in the professional category at the contest, which is the first to be run by the newly formed European Kettlebell Juggling Federation.</p><p>Elisha said: "It's lovely to have found something I'm good at, that's good for me, and that enjoy.</p><p>"When you find the right exercise for you you really crave to do it. I never dreamed all this could be a thing for me."</p><p>Oleksandr Nikiforiak, founder and organiser of the European Kettlebell Juggling Federation, said: "Elisha is a professional and a strong competitor.</p><p>"In my opinion, Elisha is one of the most promising kettlebell jugglers in the world."<br></p>
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