Kettlebell Galore!

Whew! This week has been a bit hectic with trying to balance my life with working three jobs and finishing up school. I got an A in my Healthcare Policy class for my MPH! Wahoo! I love getting A’s, but who doesn’t?! Now I REALLY need to start working on my thesis. That is priority number one this weekend!

My other focus has been studying up for my upcoming test and also doing some researching for my new job. I know I’m being vague here and probably have piqued your curiosity, but I will reveal it soon. I promise. But, it’s exciting and it’s a large component in what I want to do in life.

On Wednesday evening I participated in a Kettlebell clinic at LiveVital. I’ve never been to LiveVital before, but that place is pretty darn awesome! It’s very similar to what I want to do in the future. For the past couple of months I have taken a TRX/Kettlebell class at Zuja Wellness periodically and I really enjoy the class. Usually I wake up the next month broken because Kettlebells kill me every time! But, I LOVE that feeling!

I don’t have much experience with Kettlebells and it is something I’ve very interested in implementing them in my workouts and eventually in some of my clients’ workouts. There are a great way to train for power and explosive movement. The instructors at LiveVital are all RKC-certified. RKC is the Russian Kettlebell Club and is a hardstyle training method that aims to build strength, endurance. You would think it’s solely a strength workout, but you develop a serious sweat almost instantaneously!

Kettlebells do require a lot of technique or you could be seriously injured, especially if you’re swinging some serious weight. I learned Wednesday that I could swing more weight than I normally do. My technique is pretty good, but still needs some work. My hip flexors are quite tight so I was having a hard time really “locking” out during the upswing. During the clinic we practiced swings and globet squats. I also learned that I should actually spread my legs slightly wider than hip-width to allow a deeper squat. LiveVital is having a couple more clinics and then will start offering classes after Thanksgiving. I’m kind of excited to try a few classes. I have a feeling that I might not be able to walk for days afterwards, but it’ll be fun (I hope)!

Did you see the totally badass planks in the middle of the video?! Holy cow!

~ Happy Training! 

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