For the past nine years I have participated in this annual charity event, traveling to different locations as it began to take shape, and for the past four I have brought it back to our gym and attached it to our anniversary party and gotten our gym members to get excited to participate and help the cause.

This event is special because it is so pure in nature by simply combining the things we care about the most; challenging our body and mind, doing what we love and helping others in need. No red tape, bloated bureaucracy or insincere motives. We just want to lift, raise money for those who need it and get more people on board to participate.

I encourage you to read below about Jason Dolby and how this even came to be and decide if you want to help and participate in this global event.


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.

In its 10th year, Kettlebell lifters from around the world are invited to take part individually, or as a team, and lift at the same time no matter where they are in the world.

This year, we invite you to join us as we are lifting to support veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11th, 2001. The 2019 featured charity is the Wounded Warrior Project!




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 2-5, 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).  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 (11am pst) 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. 


We have streamlined the process in 2019 to ensure we are able to properly capture all teams, team members, and individual lifters from around the globe.  When you are ready to create your team, join a current team, or join as an individual lifter, please click HERE .


As in year’s past, there is no cost to join the 2019 1HLC event – IT’S 100% FREE!   However, we do ask that all participants take a moment and consider supporting this years featured charity – Wounded Warrior Project . See below for more details on how to give.


Partnering with Wounder Warrior Project has made it a breeze for teams and individuals alike to raise funds for this amazing cause (and that is why we are all lifting, correct?)  

Create a Team / Join a Team: Upon forming your team and / or joining as an individual lifter, you will have the ability to donate individually as well as have others donate on your behalf.  Teams and individuals have fundraising targets set in advance, but these can be changed upon registration based on your own individual or collective team goals.  You will also have the ability to customize your own individual fundraising page with stories, pictures, and videos that are near and dear to your hearts.  Follow the link below and click “Join” to get started today! You can always join the Rise Above Team Page.

Donate to the Cause: If you are not interested in lifting but would like to donate, we’ve got you covered. You may donate to the general cause OR to a team/individual that has signed up previously. Follow the link below and click on the “Donate” button and you’ll be on your way. If you will not be lifting but want to support you can always donate to the Rise Above Team Page.

Bottom line, we’ve all had someone in our lives that has been affected and this is a GREAT way to give back to veterans and service members who are in significant need of our love and support.  Won’t you help us on our journey towards our collective goal of $50,000?

Please click HERE to get started!

As always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.

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Check out our 2023 event and join us in 2024