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i am so very pleased and privileged to have had Amber Petersen come into my life. this woman is strong and capable, definitely an individualist but at the same time an amazing and supportive part of a team. by day, Amber pays her bills by reproducing oversized things. enough said. but, i’d guess her daytime persona simply provides the means to her passions – woodsmoke and cold beer, atv’s and cabin living, snow mobiles and chainsaws, self reliance and sheep in need of shearing. she is fiercely active, perhaps a tad hard on herself, and smart as a whip. amber started kbell jam with the very first session i launched in january 2013 and she is still around, tossing big ol’  kettlebells, and spreading work-hard love and the essence of effort. i love her.

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Amber shearing sheep. A highly skilled and dwindling art which requires strength and stamina.

I have been aware of the need to work out since a fairly early age. I’ve never been greatly overweight but always a little chubby, so I have always been aware of the need to stay active. In recent years I was doing a lot of at-home workouts (P90X and the like). However, in December of 2012, I found myself in a slump and I was struggling to get motivated, so I decided to try a new class. That class was called Kbell Jam.

I was completely new to Kettlebells and to the whole way health & fitness and Wendy. I took one kettlebell skills clinic to get acquainted with a kettlebell and decided to sign up for 8 weeks to see how it went.

I’m a pretty outgoing person, not exactly the shy type. But all the same, I was a bit nervous starting out. I was grateful to be able to “blend in” in the class at first. I was able to pick a spot and a kettlebell and stay in my little area to complete the guided workout. Wendy was awesome, she’s encouraging and she’s knowledgeable especially about kettlebells and movement techniques. Right away I clued in to the combination of cardio and strength that kettlebells provide. As someone who enjoys strength workouts but could really use more cardio, I much appreciated that! More bang for your buck!

I think it was at week 5 or 6 that I had decided I needed to extend my 8 weeks to the full 12 weeks. You see, in week 5 the format changes, we were separated into small groups. And the change also . It forces you to use the heavier ‘bells for certain exercises; it challenged my body in a new way. I also was able to get to know some of the other people in class thanks to the small groups. Fun, friendly competitions were born as we egg each other on (even to this day) to push ourselves to a healthy limit. Every class is something different and although I have read about muscle confusion and why it is important, I more just appreciate this out of a LACK OF BOREDOM … you just never know what to expect.

After the 12 weeks were done I immediately signed up for another 12, and now I can’t seem to stop! Although it is sometimes offered at different times, I love the 6 am session: get it done and out of the way, ready to start the day type workout. I love the girls in class. I enjoy watching the others grow as they move through the 12 weeks, starting with small ‘bells and progressing to using some of the heaviest ones!

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push ups with meticulous form

This year I signed up for 2 concurrent Kbell Jam sessions, putting me at 4 days per week. I have lost 7lbs in the 12 weeks. And one full size. This may not seem like much, but as someone who loses and gains quite quickly, and also was not dieting at ALL during that time, I think it says a lot. In fact, I credit Kbell Jam alone for this weight loss.

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new to the game but still playing hard

I find the functionality of kettelbell workouts to be amazing. I’m pretty physically active and find that training with kettlebells has made my day-to-day activities much easier.

Last week I finished off another 12 weeks of Kbell Jam and now am trying a NEW Kettlebell class. I’m quite excited about it, and more than addicted to kettlebells!

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healthy, fit bodies require good food, regular sleep, loving companionship, intellectual stimulation, a sense of purpose and kettlebell training.

four years ago this month, i asked a number of kettlebell class participants how they might, in one sentence, describe their kettlebell experience, or their relationship with kettlebell training. even though some of them had trouble reducing it to one sentence, here’s some of the beauty:

In kettlebell class I feel the strongest I’ve ever felt….like I can move mountains…and take on the world…one swing at time…its the single best exercise class I’ve ever experienced!  ~ Sharon

It is a love-hate relationship, but the rewards are awesome!!!  ~ Anne

Kettlebells. One hour devoted solely to you. To push yourself farther than you thought, and then succeed!!!  ~ Debbie

My heart, my life. ~ Sue

A challenging, self-motivating workout. ~ Wendy

It has truly changed my life, physically and mentally. Made me strong, physically and mentally. Made me relook at what I am capable of; I was shortchanging myself for years. ~ Sue

You want us to do WHAT?? ~ Dianne

learn all you need to know about kettlebell training at a complimentary Kettlebell Skills Clinic.

Saturday March 15th at 9:30am

please register in advance by contacting wendy.  902.894.8943

or thewholeway@wendychappell.com

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from 6am Kbell Jam to 5pm Kettlebell Class, and all the classes and  clients in between the two, my apologies for the inconvenience and frustration of canceling.  i have surrendered to winter.

see you all very soon.

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wow! february is almost here. the month where we celebrate love and lovers.

the month when you have an opportunity (or two) to fall in love with kettlebell training. (okay, to be honest, it ends up being a love-hate kind of relationship, but it can change your life in so many good ways. what’s not to love about that?)

a kettlebell skills clinic is a learning environment. you will be taught fundamental kettlebell movements and coached through corrective exercises. you will finish with the confidence to join a kettlebell class, knowing you have good form, safe movement patterns, and great coaching to take you comfortably into novice training.

it is time to swing a kettlebell and change your life.

Saturday, February 8th

9:30am

or

Monday, February 17th

6pm

these clinics are complimentary!

please call wendy at 894-8943 or email at info@wendychappell.com to register or for more information.

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due to our looming blizzard, the

9:30am Gentle Yoga and 11:00am Creative Core classes for today are canceled.

snuggle in everyone!

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well, in common parlance, we’ve completed another year in orbit around the sun. i am grateful that this planet, filled with amazing vistas, diverse flora, compassionate hearts, and a good measure of fear, held tight to its path and brought us through solstices and equinoctes with equal amounts of equanimity.

2013 has been a ride. i mean, it has been the continuation of the ride. the journey. the dance.

there isn’t anything i would undo, even if i could.

in 2013, my mom turned 82, my oldest daughter turned 25, and my youngest turned 18 and entered university. it was the 28th or 29th revolution through space with my fave companion space traveler – xo you.

the furnace fritzed, the cold water tank sprung a leak, the pine trees further colonized the property, and spooning made everything work.

my dad would have turned 94 in 2013, though he’s been dead 10 years, and it was the 17th anniversary of my sister, Claudia’s, death. her death forever changed my relationship with my nephews and by moments i grieve this. however, neither my dad nor my sister have been lost to me, but the nature of our relationships has evolved. every year they are richer, deeper, more fulfilling. <3

both daughters and i completed the Run Or Dye 5k together in september. i loved this, as neither of the girls was a runner before training for the event. organizationally and ethically, the event was a mess (one that i’ll never repeat), but i was heart-bursting happy to run and get messed good with these young women who used to fill my days as – still, in my mind – toddling bundles of wonders.

sunrises and sunsets were killer in 2013. but mostly, it was the clouds that pulled my heart from my chest and my breath from my body. clouds, and the warriors of basic goodness and courage who wandered through my awareness.

in 2013, social justice movements built momentum and social media was a significant tool of connection. it has been a spectacular unfolding and entwining.

my facebook feed has been filled with artistic souls, clever beings, compassionate presences, wide eyes. lovers and friends, strangers but for interwebly sympatico, hilarity and the fatiguing, soul-wrenching aspects of people-nature.

but there is continuity, persistence, tenacity, indomitable spirit.

i am awestruck. every single day.

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as this orbit completes itself, january 1st let`s me celebrate 4 and a half years in the studio. really, that means i celebrate 4 and a half years of the lifestreams of astounding people intersecting my lifestream. it has been nothing short of total soul satisfaction.

the studio was founded on the bedrock of  personal training clients, kettlebells, yoga . . . and fitness enthusiasts with a passion and a skill in persuasion!

over the years there have been shifts in programming – i loved the Morning Moxie and all who bed-headed those workouts; BawdyMax classes that seemed to scare the bejeezer out of folks; Jazzercise for the fun if not for the fitness; Yoga for the masses and Gentle Yoga for the gentle amongst us; Kettlebell Classes in the amazing sunshine of Victoria Park; Bootcamps indoor and out; Core DuJour, and so much more!

this year i launched KBell Jam, having completed my KBell Jam certification in the fall of 2012. man oh man, it has been fun! there were more ‘Jam weeks in the year than not, and classes of the most hard-working, laugh-loving, strong-body-building, crazy-kettlebell-loving, huge-hearted people.

i am so very grateful that Ajamu Bernard had the good sense and tenacity to talk me into his Kbell Jam certification.

in 2013 i certified in FKCI Kickboxing and ran an early morning Kickboxing Camp in the studio. Some mornings i laughed more than i instructed, i am sure. that happens when couples roll, bleary-eyed, into the studio for 6am kickboxing and get to kick crap out of each other as the start of their day. it was ALL LOVE, ALL THE TIME.

i also attended an MMA Summit in the fall and spent a day learning drills and getting training tips from amazing UFC folks like Myles Jury and Greg Jackson,

in 2013 i completed contract work for a number of clients. Kettlebell Classes at Chi-Wan Young Sports Centre at UPEI, seated exercise classes at Whisperwood Villa, Seniors Fitness Classes for City of Charlottetown, and a big mix of classes (Kettlebell, Seniors Fitness, QiGong, MashUp, KBell Jam) at Atlantic Fitness East. i also had some nice corporate gigs with too-long-sitting employees and a few high school programs.

personal training clients continued to come into service during the year. at the most odd times of year, it seemed. pt clients are my passion and lifeblood, in more ways than one. i am honoured and privileged to share such intimate relationships with them and to assist in creating/recovering health and fitness in their lives.

later this month i will mark 6 years of group kettlebell instruction. 2013 ended with an accumulated total of 2404 classes/groups/workshops coached/instructed. i don`t know how many thousands of hours of personal kettlebell training i`ve done.

i was very happy to bring my kettlebell work into sharper focus in 2013 and join the Master Trainer, Candidate, team of Kbell Training Academy.  i took the course early in the year and co-taught my first certification program in november in Dieppe. i look forward to further developing my skills and experience as a Master Trainer this year.

in addition to completing a course in Kettlebell Rehab, i certified in LeBarre. Jenn Hall is an amazing driving force in the fitness industry and has chosen to share her energy, enthusiasm, and badass barre work with the rest of us. good thing Mark Lebert arranged for pink and green Lebert Equalizers! LeBarre classes are launching in the studio in just 12 days!

i read (or reread)  a lot of books in 2013. as i generally do. not fiction (you don’t want to know, so don’t ask). i like to read scientific journals too, but they aren’t listed :)

  • tim anderson. original strength: regaining the body you were meant to have
  • tim anderson: pressing reset: the guidebook to becoming bulletproof
  • dan john. never let go: a philosophy of lifting, living and learning
  • judd biasiotto. psych
  • thomas hanna. somatics: reawakening the mind’s control of movement, flexibility and health
  • thomas hanna. changing your age: using your body and brain to feel younger, stronger, and more fit
  • pavel tsatsouline. simple and sinister
  • gnowfglins. lacto-fermentation
  • shawn mozen. agatsu kettlebell
  • al kavadlo. we’re workingout
  • lewis richmond. aging as a spiritual practice: a contemplative guide to growing older and wiser
  • kelly starrett. becoming a supple leopard
  • pavel tsatsoulin. enter the kettlebell: strength secrets of the soviet supermen
  • dan john. intervention: course corrections for the athlete and trainer
  • melissa and dallas hartwig. it starts with food: discover the whole30 and change your life in unexpected ways
  • mike mahler. live life aggressively: what self-help gurus should be telling you
  • pema chodron. living beautifully: with uncertainty and change
  • gray cook. movement
  • amber rogers and go kaleo. taking up space: a guide to escaping the diet maze
  • josh kaufman. the first 20 hours: how to learn anything … fast!
  • and so many more! ebooks, kindle, lovely hardcover and paperback editions :)

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and so, it is not done. nor can it be.

but, as 2014 dawned the colour of smoked salmon, luminous, ripe and juicy with potential, i am reminded that a new year starts every day. each day i awake, i make gratitudes and set intentions and roll from my bed ready for life.

may our world know greater peace, compassion and common sense.

i made no resolutions for the new year. the habit of making plans, or criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  ~ anais nin

 

 

 

LeBarre-Logo-Lime-webLeBARRE™ classes are new and fun!

designed by world-renowned dance choreographer Jenn Hall, LeBARRE classes make creative and challenging use of the portable LEBERT EQUALIZER™.

these classes combine balance, agility, resistance, working recovery and eloquence into a holy-wow! full-body workout with no dance experience or tights necessary!

unlike other popular and trending Barre classes, LeBarre offers options fully suitable to fitness enthusiasts as well as dancers and provides variety in resistance and floor work which a fixed barre cannot.

you’ll find fun and hard work in a LeBARRE class. you’ll find balance and challenge. you’ll find sweat and perhaps you’ll let loose your inner dancer.

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LeBARRE classes in the studio are at 12pm on mondays and begin on january 13th.

lebarre certit was an awesome certification course in mississauga in september, with Jenn Hall, Marc Lebert and Sharon Mann.

we`ve used the Lebert Equalizers and Lebert Buddy in the studio for quite some time; we already know the brilliance of Marc Lebert. chase him with the talent, energy and creativity of Jenn Hall, and it is all going to bust loose!

 

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beginning the week of January 13th, 2014 KBELL JAM offers up TWO Camp options!

KBELL JAM CAMP ONE – IRON & SWEAT
* two classes per week at 6am on wednesdays and fridays
* the appropriate choice if you`ve never before touched a kettlebell
* a great workout even for experienced kettlebellers
* motivating group setting
* private facebook support community
* before and afters (photos, measurements, weight) if desired
* $115. + hst ($131.10) for 8 weeks or $170. + hst ($193.80) for 12 weeks
* begins wednesday january 15th. the 8 week session ends friday march 7th. the 12 week session ends friday april 4th.

OR

KBELL JAM CAMP TWO – FIRE IN THE SKY
* two classes per week at 6am on tuesdays and thursdays
* open to participants to have kettlebell experience and/or have attended KBELL JAM CAMP ONE
* motivating group setting
* workouts designed specifically for progression
* private facebook support community
* before & afters (photos, measurements, weight) if desired
* $115. + hst ($131.10) for 8 weeks or $170. + hst ($193.80) for 12 weeks
* begins tuesday january 14th. the 8 week session ends thursday march 6th. the 12 week session ends thursday april 3rd.

kbell-jam logo without numberTWO CLASSES EACH WEEK: 6AM WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS (camp one) OR TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS (camp two)

kbell jam is about fun and friendship, encouragement and support.

as a special promotion for KBELL JAM CAMPERS,  add any other once weekly studio class at a cost of only $5. + hst/class

these programs will be kept small in order to maximize service to participants. spaces are, therefore, limited. if there is insufficient enrollment, one of the sessions will be canceled.

gift certificates are available.

kbell jam is the brain child of Ajamu Bernard of Kbell Training Academy.  trained in classic kettlebell lifting, and spreading the fundamentals of kettlebell training for many years, Ajamu also observed that kettlebell coaches were bringing this amazing tool into group fx settings. what was lacking, though, was an overall structure and format to group training with kettlebells and he set out to change that.

531501_10151421950929757_59860985_nand so he did.

kbell jam is the world’s #1 kettlebell group training program.

it is a brilliance which combines movements from Ajamu’s KBell Trainer course and applies them to teaching kettlebell lifting techniques in a group setting. class participants are taken through three formations in classes over a 12 week progression program, developing endurance, strength, and power.

249105_10151575045204757_845340164_nin the fall of 2012, Ajamu coaxed me into attending his first canadian kbell jam instructor certification course. he had already launched the program in Puerto Rico. so, in november of last year, i joined an amazing group of kettlebell coaches in Toronto, and immediately grew to appreciate and love the kbell jam program.

i was so excited to bring kbell jam to pei!

kbell jam launched on january 15, 2013 with both a morning and evening session and, eventually it was run simultaneously in two locations. it was incredibly fun and rewarding to teach the kbell jam format.  i was privileged and honoured to watch participants grow in skill and strength, starting tentatively with 8kg kettlebells and confidently using 36kg + before the session weeks had passed.

i taught 40 weeks worth of kbell jam in 2013.

i am truly excited about the 2014 kbell jam sessions.

i hope to see you there.

 

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well, another wonderful holiday season is upon us. the snow is piling up, the house smells of christmas baking, our social lives are in high gear, and it is easy to keep a smile on our lips and a hug in our hearts.

when the festivities end, and return to the richness of our day-to-days, we realize we are blessed to live in an area with a wealth of fitness options.

if you`ve been wanting to take on kettlebell training, a skills clinic early in the new year let`s you immediately act on that thought. the clinic is complimentary.

when you lift a kettlebell, you train your mind as well as your body.  it just might change your life.

kettlebell skills clinic

saturday, january 4th

9:30am – 10:45am

the whole way health & fitness studio

2nd floor, 2nd door  306 university avenue

get in touch with me, wendy,  if you have questions: 894-8943 or thewholeway@wendychappell.com

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in february passed, certified ChiRunning Instructor, Eric Collard, brought his skill, knowledge and enthusiasm to PEI.

on a warm and sunny winter afternoon, he led eight of us through an amazing  workshop.

as an avid runner who has overcome a serious back injury, Eric says ChiRunning® is a natural fit for him. it really helped him bring joy back to running while making him a more efficient runner. he describes using the technique as ‘yoga-like’ and the ‘thinking man’s [woman's] running’.  ChiRunning, he says, makes you learn that everything truly comes from the core.

Eric is returning to PEI on january 18, 2014 to again offer an Intro to ChiRunning program. there is very little actual “running” in the workshop. rather time is spent concentrating on form and getting the basics down. there is a lot to learn in a short time!

he does these workshops in very small groups so he can concentrate on giving feedback to everyone on their technique. he also answer questions during the break and at the end of the day so everyone can get something beneficial and personalized out of the workshop.

Shannon Murray, a faculty member at UPEI, attended Eric’s 2013 island workshop. Shannon has completed 2 full marathons and 14 half marathons.

“The Chi Running workshop helped me rethink my running in so many ways. I’m already seeing the benefits of the subtle changes in cadence and posture. And Eric is a very clear and patient coach! “

the february 2013 workshop was also attended by nonrunners, sporadic runners and previously injured runners.  all had a great time at the workshop and a beneficial experience working with Eric.

i am really pleased to host Eric again. you can find registration information on his website www.ecinc.ca.

after the 2013 workshop, Eric joined our Coldest Night of The Year Team and took a walk around Charlottetown with us to raise funds for Harvest House.

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