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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!
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!!!
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
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...
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!
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!
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.
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!!!!
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
I've been training with Laurel now for a couple of months and I couldn't be happier with the results. Laurel's knowledge of kettlebells is vast and she does an excellent job of conveying that knowledge to her clients. Laurel also is very motivational and knows when to push you and when to have you hold back. (The past two times we've done deadlifts I've set new PRs!) I've had gains in both strength and mobility in the short time I've trained with Laurel. In addition to her skills as an instructor Laurel is also very personable and fun to be around. She makes training hard fun!
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By Laurel Blackburn, RKC Team Leader
Dec 07, 2012 10:30 PM
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