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Interview by Adrienne Harvey, RKC II, CK-FMS, Primal Move Nat'l Instructor
May 24, 2013 04:00 PM
Elliot Hulse: I'd watch him (Elliot's uncle) do standing back flips, all kinds of calisthenics, and chop bricks with his hands in my parents' basement. He was literally like superman.We became some of the best athletes in our elementary and middle schools growing up.
I developed what I now call the Four Layers of Strength. When you maximize all four layers, you can truly become the strongest version of yourself.
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May 10, 2013 10:30 AM
Andrea Du Cane: Working with kettlebells is also incredibly empowering. Introducing women to kettlebells was a big goal of mine. Then as I started working with de-conditioned populations I realized how much kettlebell training could change people’s lives.
Matt Beecroft: On a whim I jumped on a plane for 28 hours from Australia and did the RKC workshop without any formal training. Now, I train an eighty-four year old with Parkinson’s, guys who are prepping to fight in the ring, and everyone in between. Lawyers, dentists, professionals, trainers—it's a big cross-section .The kettlebell is an amazing tool, but what grabbed me was the leadership, coaching, and the system of the RKC that surrounds the kettlebell.
Apr 19, 2013 10:30 AM
Max Shank: I think the Highland Games are really great, honestly. It's such a good outlet for someone who's built up a level of explosiveness from kettlebell swings. With just a little extra time in training, you can have a really good time competing. Everyone is really nice, and you're almost certain to be one of most in-shape people participating.
Steven Head: Playing baseball is my passion and the focus of my conditioning—almost everything in my own training is aimed at improving my conditioning for baseball. And, all of the HKC skills are essential for my strength, conditioning, and injury prevention. Even though I'm 55 years old and playing on a 25 and over team, I can keep up with my teammates and opponents. Many of them are half my age! I play second base, third base and shortstop.
Joseph Morstad: With my IBD flare and hospital visit in January of this year, I was unable to eat, incredibly weak, and fatigued. When I came back I started with parts of the Turkish get up. I'd start on my back rolling to pressing the kettlebell overhead. Core and glute exercises were very helpful. Passing the RKC in August showed me that I was strong. I really believe that experience stayed with me and helped me through my IBD recovery in January of this year.
Apr 12, 2013 10:30 AM
Beth Andrews: I started with small kettlebells, a 4kg and an 8kg—only 10lbs and 18lbs—but I was in total shock. I've been lifting for a long time as well as training people in a gym for years. It was hard to believe that a little bitty weight kicked my butt. After switching to just kettlebells for about eight months, I went back to bench press and found I could do sets of five with my previous max.
Mar 29, 2013 10:30 AM
Kim Vigsbo: You need to be safe and execute good form, but I want to bring the love and joy for kettlebells. I love simplicity.
I want to show people that just because I'm over 50 years old, I'm not done training or taking care of myself. My fiancée is 55 years old, and is one of the strongest women I know.
I’m eating and training right—there’s a reason I look the way I do at 54.
Helder Gomes: Being in the computer business, I was very familiar with the internet, and stumbled across someone using kettlebells. This person had many previous injuries, was older than me, and was doing things I never imagined I could do as a Marine, let alone as a disabled veteran. Of course, I was curious and soon found Dragon Door and the RKC.
Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM
Dragon Door: How did you get started with health and fitness?
Elliot Newman: Ever since I was about 15, I’ve been very interested in training and health. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different things. From a training perspective, I started out with bodybuilding but discovered it wasn't fulfilling for me, so I moved onto powerlifting a few years later. I've also tried many different approaches to eating.
In the past few years I’ve educated myself greatly on the subjects of nutrition