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By Troy Anderson, DVRT Master Instructor, RKC
Usually, just standing while holding kettlebells in the rack position would seem boring, but that all changes when you are trying to catch your breath! All those wonderful "breathing muscles" automatically fire.
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By Adrienne Harvey, SrPCC, RKC-II, CK-FMS
I’ve been interested in bodyweight exercise and calisthenics more lately and I have never really worked with it. While we had gymnastics classes in middle school and high school, I was kind of good, but I was never really good. And while I did gymnastics when I was small, I never really thrived in it.
by Dan John, Master RKC
Recently, someone said they don’t do the bird dog exercise because it “bothers their knees.” I looked at the concrete floor and thought (for once!), “You know, a pad would work here.” But, the pad didn’t solve the problem, and bird dogs still hurt this person’s knees.
I have been involved with fitness ever since I was really little. As a teenager, I competed on a national level as an artistic roller skater. After I quit at age 17—and after a couple months of doing nothing—I realized that I needed physical activity to be myself. So, I started going to the gym.
By Phil Ross, Master RKC
One of the greatest advantages of using kettlebells and bodyweight exercises for chest development is that you’re also working your core, lats and stabilizers at the same time. You aren’t lying on a bench or tethered to a machine trying to isolate your muscles while leaving your core and stabilizers virtually untapped.
by Steve Opalenik
The first step towards change is realizing that there is a need or the potential for change itself. Deep down I knew I needed to change, but that rationale was hidden behind disbelief and self-doubt. I constantly reinforced the idea that I was fine, and that things would happen of their own accord.
Very Strong, But Out of Shape? Here's The Fix, Interview with "Rigger" Butch G.
by Filip Dryla, RKC-II
Walking with weights is easy and safe, and delivers a head-to-toe workout, but unfortunately this activity is often missing in traditional gym training.
Personal training is an exploding field and, sadly, few people survive the first year. You might have the body and the knowledge, but the “Body of Knowledge” in the fields of health, fitness and performance will overwhelm you.
Interview with Blair Rockoff, RKC, PCC: How to Blend Yoga, Kettlebells & Calisthenics