Abigail Johnston


Abigail Johnston

Abigail Johnston

Abigail Johnston is Barbreck Studio's owner and resident sports therapist.
Abigail Johnston is also a UK & World Record holder, and has achieved Master of Sport International Class ranking in all three lifts, regularly competing for Scotland in International Competition. Abigail has placed in the top three at every International IUKL competition attended (2014 World Cup Stage, European Championship & World Championship, 2015 European Championship & World Championship).

At Barbreck Studio Abigail teaches the majority of the small group classes and provides Personal Training, Group/Semi Private Training and Sports Therapy services (including sports massage, dry needling, injury assessment/treatment and rehabilitation training). Abigail also offers online coaching & programming services for kettlebell sport.

Kettlebells (sport & fitness)
Sports Therapy
Strength & conditioning
Bootcamp / Circuits
Boxing / martial arts


"I have been training with Abi for 2 years now and cannot recommend her highly enough. Her classes are always enjoyable and good fun, as well as focusing on the individuals' goals. She has extensive knowledge of fitness and kettlebells in particular, as well as sports therapy. She always promotes encouragement in her studio and everyone motivates each other. I have also had acupuncture with Abi, which I can thoroughly recommend. I feel my fitness, strength and kettlebell sport have increased considerably in the time I have been training with her." Alun

Abigail Johnston

Kettlebell Specialist

Qualifications and achievements


Sports Therapy HND (SQA, Full time Diploma)

Kettlebell Sport Instructor Level III (Siberian State University of Physical Education)

Kettlebell Sport Instructor Level II (IKSFA)

Olympic Weightlifting Instructor (OLF)

Kuk Sool Won Martial Arts – First Degree Black Belt (WKSA)



UK & World Record Holder in Kettlebell Sport

Absolute Female World Champion 2016 (WAKSC)

Scottish & UK Female Kettlebell Sport Absolute Champion, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016

2016 Kettlebell Sport WAKSC World Championships – Absolute Overall Female Champion
2016 Kettlebell Sport IUKL European Championships – Silver Medal Winner
2015 Kettlebell Sport  IUKL World Championships – Silver Medal Winner
2015 Kettlebell Sport  IUKL European Championships – Bronze Medal Winner
2014 Kettlebell Sport  IUKL World Championships – Bronze Medal Winner
2014 Kettlebell Sport  IUKL European Championships – Silver Medal Winner


teaches classes in::

Kettlebells (fitness & sport)
Circuit training & Bootcamp
Strength and Conditioning
Mobility & Flexibility
Run Club
Breakfast Club
Heart rate zone training

Whatever your goals::

Abigail can work with you to help achieve your desired goals, whether that is to train for a specific event, learn new skills, get stronger or to improve your general fitness. Get in touch to discuss your needs and we can go from there.

Prefer to train with friends?:

Group and semi private training bridges that gap between classes and personal training. Training is still very much individualised toward achieving your specific goals but sometimes it helps to have that extra push or social support that comes with training with others. Work with your friends/partner or join one of our group training programmes.
Contact us for more information.

Services include::

Sports massage
Injury assessment & treatment
Dry needling / medical acupuncture
Sports taping, strapping and kinesio taping
Pre & post natal treatment

Can't train in person?:

Abigail offers online coaching and programming services, primarily for competitive kettlebell sport athletes.
- Video based technique analysis
- Monthly programming for kettlebell, supplemental/assistance drills and GPP
- Coaching support and availability through email, messenger or text
- Access to private athletes group

Learning or improving kettlebell technique::

Abigail can run full day, half day or weekend kettlebell workshops for you at your venue whether it's to cover the basic for beginners, focus purely on improving technique on a single lift or in depth technique analysis and coaching for more advanced lifters. See the evens page for upcoming dates or get in touch to discuss arranging one.