this dance with kettlebells began with an interview and photo spread of Andrea DuCane in Oxygen Magazine in 2005. it has whirled me through a half dozen training workshops and certifications. it has dervished me into opening a training studio.
and still, it cartwheels and sashays me in all sorts of fascinating and interesting and exciting directions.
like kbell jam.
one of this country’s finer providers of kettlebell certification is the kbell training academy, run under the thoughtful and skilled tutelage of ajamu bernard. i took ajamu’s kbell trainer specialist cert a while back and have had some contact with him sporadically over the last few years.
about 2.5 months ago i decided to check out his kbell jam group trainer specialist certification. admittedly, it did not, on the surface, really seem like my kind of thing. i mean, he mentioned using music in a group kettlebell class. in my mind there isn’t much of a place, let alone need, for music when you’ve got a kettlebell in your hand.
besides, for no good reason, i have an aversion to shortening ‘kettlebell’ to ‘kbell’. did he have to call this whatever-it-was-program kbell jam? i never find myself saying dbell (dumbbell) or bbell (barbell) or cbell (clubbell). really? kbell? there is only one additional syllable to stumble over if you were to say kettlebell. really.
of course, i couldn’t allow such an insignificant issue to influence me. with a bit of mental tap dancing, i shoved myself past the kbell induced glottal balking. i wanted to remain open and i was intrigued.
off to toronto i jetted.
it was a weekend without regrets.
so, what the heck is kbell jam?
- it is a 12 week pre-formatted program
- 4 weeks focus on edurance
- 4 weeks focus on strength
- 4 weeks focus on power
- regression and progression sequences make it suitable for most fitness levels
- music may be used (i’m still debating this!)
- it is a group, a community, of like-minded folks getting together to dance their lives in healthy directions
- and, in the studio, it is an exciting 8 or 12 week event; a shared experience where personal awarenesses may shift and shake and shimmy
and, from the kbell jam website:
kbell jam is a functional fitness program based on the principles used to develop young athletes. participants will develop the skill to successfully perform kettlebell lifting techniques in a fun group environment. in kbell jam, performance and body transformation go hand-in-hand. as you master the skill of using your entire body to move a kbell weight, you will see tremendous improvements in your core strength. as you develop the stamina to complete a kbell jam workout, body fat will melt away.
the result is a sleekier, sexier you with more energy and more strength.
i am really excited to be launching kbell jam in two and a half weeks. i got so psyched by the potential of this group kettlebell format that i rolled out a broadly-based health & wellness challenge as part of the launch.
you can find program details on the facebook event page: kbell jam transformation – 8 or 12 week challenge programs for 2013
the 6:00am spaces are filled. but there are still a few spots open in the 6:00pm group.
this may be the place where your wellness needs and goals find partnership with healthful habits, fitness and fun to trip the light fantastic.