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by Adrienne Harvey SrPCC, RKC-II, CK-FMS, Primal Move Nat'l Instructor
When I moved out to California in 2003, I was lucky enough to start working with someone who had just ordered a set of kettlebells. I was introduced to them while they were still early on the scene! I thought they were interesting and had never seen anything like them before.
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When you train hard in ways that break the rules, you learn about yourself. You learn that you are capable of achieving any success you want. So, I wrote The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning for people who want to be inspired, who want to learn, and who have an open mind.
by Adrienne Harvey, SrPCC, RKC-II, CK-FMS, Primal Move Nat'l Instructor
I was never a natural athlete. In high school, I was in marching band but kind of made it a point to avoid doing much physical activity. But when I went to college on a full academic scholarship, I had no concept of how expensive New York would be since I came from a smaller town near LA.
Like many people, I started out as a runner. After graduating from college, I wanted to get in shape and it's kind of a cliché, but I decided I should just go run for exercise. I got decent at it, and was consistently doing eight-minute miles and having a good time until I injured myself as a lot of runners do.
In college I started to get into combat sports and began competing as an amateur boxer. It evolved to the point that training for triathlons became a way of maintaining my fitness for MMA.
My kettlebell training began because of my own injuries. I also noticed that many people who came to my studio had numerous existing injuries. Many athletes in the US train with Olympic lifting—which is really its own sport.
Oddly enough, I didn’t like kettlebells at first! The kettlebell swing was a very unfamiliar movement, and I didn’t understand it. But I became intrigued by kettlebells because until then, I’d liked everything else in the gym.
Six years and hundreds of hours later I had my black belt, but needed a new challenge. That's when I started practicing Wushu and Chinese Kickboxing. Because I learned good basics in Kung Fu, I was able to make a smoother—although not easier—transition to Wushu.
After finding kettlebells and training with them myself, I realized how much I absolutely loved it and wanted to get RKC Certified. Because I was working with a lot of women at the salon, and had many clients who had known me for years, they noticed my body changing and asked me what I was doing.
The best thing I learned for myself was how to do the kettlebell movements correctly—that and how to set up my workout routines. But, in general, after my professional fighting career is over, I’ll have something else I can teach.