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Laurel Blackburn

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Phone: 1-850-445-0222
Tallahassee, FL
United States 32301
9.97 out of 10 (115 reviews)
 
RKC Senior Instructor
CK- FMS Certified,
Z-Health R and I Phase
ISSA Strength and Conditionng Specialist.
Progressive Calisthenics Certified Instructor.
 
I am the very proud owner of Boot Camp Fitness and Training, Tallahassee Kettlebells and The Tallahassee Strength Club. After 10 years of having my own business, I can honestly say that I still love my "job". I get to work with the best people and have the greatest clients anyone can ask for.
 
My business has won Tallahassee's Best Fitness program for the past 3 years as well as being selected by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce as one of the Best Small Businesses.
 
I have had the privilage of being featured in many national magazines including Oxygen, Women's Health and several appearances in the IDEA Fitness Journal. Our Kettlebell program made an appearance on CNN as part of a health segment showcasing one of my client's workout programs for her Triathlon.
 
One of the highlights of my business was in January 2012, I was asked by the Tallahassee  Police Dept's TAC team to provide a basic Kettlebell workshop for their officers. In attendance was David Ross, catcher for the Atlanta Braves.
 
My family is passionate about Kettlebell training. My husband of 29 years is an HKC, my oldest son, Ryan is an RKC in Orlando, Florida and my youngest son, Nigel attended the first ever HKC in St. Paul. We are a family that trains with and loves Kettlebells. Kettlebells are the mainstay of my boot camp programs. My clients love working out with Kettlebells and credits them for transforming their bodies and improving their conditioning as well as their athletic achievements.
 
 
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10/10 Life changing!
 
By Sarah Heath / Tallahassee, United States

I suffer from several conditions that cause widespread chronic pain. This time last year my pain level was escalated to the point that I was unable to take out the trash or carry in groceries. Simple household tasks left me exhausted and in pain for days. Pain medication gave me very limited relief and my doctor recommended that I find some type of exercise to build strength. After months of working to build up stamina and get cleared to exercise I started taking kettlebell classes with Laurel. At that time I was participating in a chronic pain research study. Data collected after I started kettlebell class showed my pain tolerance, daily pain level, and general physical discomfort had dramatically improved. After a few months of classes my doctors were pleasantly surprised that my sciatica, SI joint dysfunction, and fibromyalgia pain were significantly reduced with fewer instances of flare-ups. My posture is better, I am more mobile, and I'm a lot less grumpy since I'm not in constant horrible pain! I'm stronger than I ever imagined I would be, and my strength continues to grow. Kettlebell classes have improved my quality of life in so many ways and I am so thankful I found a teacher like Laurel. Her enthusiasm, focus on proper technique, and passion for what she does has changed my body & life for the better.

 
10/10 Mind. Blown
 
By Tom Wiegleb / Valdosta, USA

Laurel is amazing. I drive about 80 miles from south Georgia to train with her in Florida and it is WORTH IT. I learned more in my first hour than I had in a year elsewhere (the other place was good but Laurel's knowledge is staggering. More than that, she is FUN to work with. She has a great eye for form and technique and while she doesn't let me get away with sloppy training (appreciated) she also keeps things enjoyable and positive (also appreciated.) If you are in the Tallahassee area and want an amazing workout, contact this woman!

 
10/10 Fantastic RKC Cert With a Fantastic Coach!
 
By Angela Clark / Alachua, USA

I had a wonderful RKC certification in October 2015! Laurel is a professional in every way. She cares about every clientele, her business, and colleagues. Her knowledge of kettlebells and strength is top notch! If you are looking to get fit, strong, and build community with other people at All levels- go see Laurel! She has been where you are and knows how to get you where you want to be! I would definitley train at her facility if I lived closer. But wait...that would mean I would have to live in Tally! Go Gators!!! ;)

 
10/10 Knows her stuff!
 
By Samantha L / Tallahassee, USA

I've gone through both an HKC and an RKC certification weekend with Laurel and she is definitely knowledgeable about kettlebells and how to instruct using them. A great fitness resource in Tallahassee

 
10/10 ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC TRAINER!!!
 
By Suzanne C / Niceville, USA

Been only thinking about exercising lately? Need to discover your inner athlete again? Tallahassee Kettlebells is definitely the place to begin your journey - Just make an appointment!! My intention was to learn only about correct form for kettlebell training and I came away with soooo much more than I'd ever expected from an initial private session!! Laurel completed a gait assessment and a health history before we started and was completely focused on my particular needs and current abilities. Gradual progressive steps were taken along the path to actually swinging the kettlebell - including clear, demonstrative instruction. Laurel is a pro -- encouraging, supportive, and able to tune in to how you learn best - a true teacher in every sense & an absolutely fantastic trainer!! Thank you for all you do - and for all you are, Laurel!! I'm on track to a healthier, stronger me because of you...

 
10/10 Excellent Instructor, Motivator, and Educator
 
By Robert Blick / Tallahassee, USA

Laurel is an excellent kettlebell instructor because she has an innate understanding of how to motivate each one of her students, even when there are a number of students training together. You don't feel like a number in her class...she's so good at what she does that you feel like you're the only person training with her...and the other students feel the same way. It's easy to see Laurel has a natural gift for teaching and that she loves what she's doing. I honestly believe Laurel could teach any subject she wanted to...how lucky for us she loves to teach kettlebells! She knows how to motivate each student in the class and makes sure each student knows how to perform the particular exercise she's teaching. I never felt like a "beginner" in her class; she made me feel like I belonged the first time I came to the gym. She has an amazing knowledge about kettlebells and other forms of exercise and she has an excellent understanding of physiology, nutrition, and how to get the most out of your workout program. And she has a wonderful sense of humor which makes all the hard work she puts you through a lot easier! Laurel and her staff have created a wonderful place to work out and I would recommend her to anyone who wants to get stronger, lose weight, and be more active. I am a 58 year old, Type II diabetic and I feel better than I have in a very long time and a large part of the credit and thanks belongs to Laurel Blackburn!

 
10/10 Awesome Instructor
 
By Letecia Blick / Tallahassee, USA

Laurel is the best at making a workout challenging and fun. She's a patient instructor that works with you to accommodate your fitness level and gives you confidence that makes you push yourself!

 
10/10 Excellant instructor
 
By Heather Cottrell / Tallahassee, USA

I absolutely love Boot Camps to Go! The staff is fabulous. Laurel is very patient and wants to see you succeed in reaching your goals. Before starting boot camp and Kettlebells, I have to admit I was nervous and wasn't sure I would be able to keep up. But Laurel and the rest of the staff treat you like family and support your goals to succeed.

 
10/10 WONDERFUL INSTRUCTOR
 
By Georgia Dowell / Tallahassee, USA

Laurel is very inspiring and a motivated instructor. i realized i had muscles that i've never used before. i enjoyed the kettlebell classes that i took with Laurel. She is Great!!!!

 
10/10 She knows her craft and knows how to teach.
 
By Bill Kociaba / hollywood, USA

Laurel was an assistant instructor at the HKC I took recently. As there were an odd number of students and everyone was paired off I ended up working with Laurel through most of the workshop. She obviously knows her craft and is very passionate about shairing her knowledge.Her teaching style is very relaxed and fun and you almost don't realize how much you are learning. She had no hesitations about working with me and showed no concerns about dealing with my blindness. In fact she seemed to welcome the challenge of doing something she had never done before...teaching a blind person proper KB tecniqueThat being said she cut me no slack and was a stickler for perfect form in everything. I couldn't recommend her more highly Bill Kociaba HKC www.kociaba-fitness.com

 
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Ever since I was a kid I have been obsessed with law enforcement. I was a kid hooked on Columbo, Mod Squad and The Rookies. For my 12th birthday, I got my first fingerprint kit. It didn’t take long before every solid surface in the house was covered in black or white powder and sticky tape marks. All I wanted when I grew up was to be a cop. A detour in high school along with some bad decisions put that dream to rest. In December of this year...

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