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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.
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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.
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Even though we're coaches focused on helping other people, we need someone to look at us! I strongly believe that every trainer needs a trainer. I never write my own programs, because if I do, I’ll only train what I love and not necessarily what I need to be doing.
Don't give up on something that’s meaningful to you, kettlebells might seem hard in the beginning, but when starting a new fitness regimen, everything can be pretty hard. If it were easy everyone would do it!
Before I went to one of the early RKC conventions in 2005, I had no idea what a swing really was! I was so quad dominant that I was doing leg extensions as swings, because I didn't know. At that convention, I picked up my first kettlebell, got involved in sending some emails back and forth with some people, and now here we are!
It was exactly the inspiration I needed, and helped me to focus on something other than being sick or getting well. So I started stretching and changed my very boring, monotonous training routine.
I found kettlebells because I was hoping to make it to the World Cup. I needed a way to keep getting stronger while also increasing my speed. I was really looking for a type of strength training that would also be functional for the goals of a referee.