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Laurel Blackburn

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Phone: 1-850-445-0222
Tallahassee, FL
United States 32301
9.98 out of 10 (123 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 Quality Coaching
 
By Jenny M / Arlington, USA

My spouse and I recently participated in a virtual session with Laurel for coaching on our kettlebell form - swings and cleans. I had been coached by other trainers but was worried about my form causing lower back issues. Laurel helped me adjust my stance and swings so that my form was correct and I was getting more power from my movements. She does an amazing job of describing what the movements should look like and feel like. Several years ago I received weight lifting coaching from Laurel at her gym in Tallahassee and loved how she really focused on my form. I walked away knowing I was lifting safely and that I was getting the more power when lifting. The quality of her online coaching was just as good as her in person coaching.

 
10/10 Great Virtual Instructor
 
By Linda J / Arlington, United States

I wanted to brush up on my swings and kettlebell exercises since I've been doing so much virtual exercise during the pandemic, and booked Laurel for a virtual training session for my spouse and I. I took her classes when I still lived in Tallahassee and remember her awesome teaching style, and it translated well into a virtual video session! She was very helpful in not only giving us much-needed verbal cues, but also was friendly, warm and engaging. I'd definitely recommend her virtually for both newbies and seasoned kettlebell exercisers who want to check their form.

 
10/10 Wonderful Experience
 
By Joi Savery / Tallahass, United States

I had a wonderful experience with Laurel.  From our initial correspondence and forward she was kind, professional, and responsive. I was a little intimidated due to my lack of experience with kettlebells, but Laurel has patience of the saints ?? and did a great job of setting me up step-by-step with each move. The gym is well very maintained, orderly, and each bit of equipment was thoroughly wiped down as we completed our work. I highly recommend Blackburn Fitness. Laurel's expertise makes her a great instructor for both the highly fit and the novice. ????????

 
10/10 Super awesome and real!
 
By Clara Blitch / Tallahassee, USA

I joined Laurels gym a month ago. From the moment I walked in with my Groupon in hand, she was warm and welcoming. She knew I had prior experience but was several years out of shape - Laurel took the time to watch my form carefully and make sure I was ready to get started again. What I love about her personality most is how warm she is. Laurel wants what’s best for her clients and it shows. She has a passion for fitness, top notch expertise in Kettlebells and a super fun sense of humor. Laurel is also incredibly skilled in muscular issues and has helped me a great deal with my sore or locked up muscles, a result of several years of limited mobility. I can already get up off the floor more quickly and I’m only a month in! Everyone there is friendly and welcoming. I’m looking forward to finding my former self with this group and have zero doubt it’s just around the corner with this amazing lady’s help.

 
10/10 Seriously awesome
 
By Kirstin H / Tallahassee, USA

Starting classes with Laurel was my first experience with any kind of personal training, and I was expecting to be nervous and a little uncomfortable while I learned. So I was pretty surprised when I realized how comfortable I felt, and how quickly I was excited to do more. Laurel is extremely knowledgeable and conveys her knowledge in a very accessible way that makes workouts fun and satisfying. Training with her is highly recommended!

 
10/10 Great Instructor
 
By Chris Maddox / Crawfordville, US

Laurel is an awesome instructor. She really knows her stuff, focuses on proper technique and is very patient. My husband and I were both very pleased with her instruction. She helped us learn the basics and also spent time teaching us moves that would be beneficial for our other activities (martial arts and running). Would definitely recommend her to anyone thinking about kettle bell training.

 
10/10 Killer Kettlebell
 
By rachael pampinella / tallahassee, usa

I can't say enough about Laurel and her kettlebell classes! I've taken many classes that involve kettlebells and she is the most knowledgeable and does an amazing job at teaching proper technique. Not to mention, i'm the most sore I've ever been after her classes! If you haven't done it yet, do it!!!

 
10/10 most excellent experience
 
By Deb Delk / Newton, United States

Laurel was incredible and took a lot of time to make sure that I would not injure myself while learning to use the Russian kettlebells. She explained everything in ways that was easy to understand and remember. She check my form ever step of the way and showed how to correct it. I am looking forward to the next session!

 
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!

 
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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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