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today i subbed a class. i coached a kettlebell class – well, a kettlebell circuit – at atlantic fitness east. this is the gym where i first began coaching/instructing kettlebell training.

it just so happens that today is only 8 days short of the nine year mark of group kettlebell love in pei. though i used kettlebells to train private clients (amazing Tracy, now a competitive power lifter, and Mandy, now a 3rd dan black belt TKD and international ref) prior to beginning the group classes, it took a bit to develop a group/class format and get it underway. there were no resources on line to help with group kettlebell training and nothing in my first certification course to suggest a path.

it was exciting to create a format and it has been quite satisfying to see the number of instructors who have subsequently adopted and/or adapted my methods.

i am a bit of a math/statistics/records geek. today’s class was the 19th class i’ve led this week (not exclusively kettlebell classes) but the 3660th kettlebell group that i’ve coached.

that is an unfathomable amount of iron moved and movements coached over the years.

when i came home after today’s class and reflected, i realized that two of the women in this morning’s class were also in that first class 9 years ago.  anne and dianne. steady and beautiful, strong and resilient. friends. friends forged through the iron.

i honor you for every time
this year you:

got back up
vibrated higher
shined your light
and loved and elevated
beyond

—the call of duty.
~ lalah delia

xo

 

 

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flexibility and strength are highly compatible skills when you know how to develop both without sacrificing either.

this is precisely what Jon Engum of Extreme Traininga 7th Dan Kukkiwon Certified Taekwondo Grandmaster and Hapkido and Kumdo Master,  had in mind when he developed the Flexible Steel program. His Flexible Steel approach to training draws on his considerable and measured knowledge of movement potentials and how to unlock them.

FLEXIBLE STEEL allows you to be both STRONG and FLEXIBLE!

the bamboo that bends is stronger than the oak that resists   ~ japanese proverb

in this Certification Course you will learn how to use the 3S’s – strength, space, spread – to make and/or coach substantial gains in flexibility. you will leave with hours of personal practice and detailed instructions to work on flexibility specifics by following a particular order of stretches.

move your body into greater flexibility. coach your clients into greater flexibility. do not let your strength be compromised as you do.

this course is offered by Flexible Steel Instructor Specialist Louka Kurcer of Hardstyle Kettlebell Mtl. Louka’s command of body strength and flexibility matters is inspired and inspiring. his coaching skills are outstanding.

come join him and the first cohort of Eastern Canadians certified as Flexible Steel Instructors.

this course has been approved and recommended by Pavel Tsatsouline.

april 16th, 9am – 4pm

the whole way health & fitness studio

306 university avenue, charlottetown

register HERE for FLEXIBLE STEEL INSTRUCTOR LEVEL 1

kettlebell-pics-034eight years ago today group kettlebell training launched in prince edward island. well, in atlantic canada.

this morning my day started at 6am with a private client’s hardstyle kettlebell training.

in between, there have been more than 3300 group kettlebell classes and workshops in my life and a juicy heart-thumping growth in the number of kettlebell coaches and kettlebell practitioners in eastern canada.

when i reflect on how much good and strong and laughter and friendship and sweat kettlebell has brought into my life, which is pretty much daily, i am grateful.

grateful for everyone who has coached me. in person and on line. your gifts have been treasured, repeatedly distilled,  and respectfully honoured.

grateful for everyone who has endured my coaching and truly graced my life by touching iron with me. your gifts have been selfless and are held near and dear.

grateful for kettlebell, who is a steadfast and humbling comrade. your gifts are enduring and finely nuanced and warmly worn.

cheers to you all for you are the kettlebell universe.

only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.           ~ pema chödrön

kettlebell wow

 

enhance my life

i am quite excited to open the studio for COMPLIMENTARY workout time.

yes, it is sunday on the house!

it is sunday. sleep in. spoon a bit with someone warm and/or furry and/or virtual and/or reptilian — hopefully not all 4 at one and the same time. ewwww. sip a coffee. then get your relaxed backside out of bed and come sweat a sunday workout.

free-stuff

you know your inner fitness freak really wants to, so, how could it get any better??!

heck, bring your coffee with you and, yuppers, jammies really are workout wear!

the studio, there for your considerate and considered use, is:
– open to current clients and non-clients. you do not have to be a studio regular, past or present, or a private client to feel free to drop in
– all equipment will be available for use. well as long as you know how to use it and do so respectfully (you really don’t want to see my cringe-y face). kettlebells require specific instruction prior to on the house availability, so get in touch with me if you’d like some specific instruction
-workouts will be self-directed, that is, not led by an instructor, though i will be present and available for assistance if needed. also, if you’d like a workout template/program, i am willing to provide basics and progressions – you just need to request in advance

bebold1if there is interest, a sunday morning powerlifting group can be established. movement instruction and testing 1RMs would be done on specific dates and progression programs provided. let me know and we’ll set some dates.

and if you wonder why i’d open the studio door wide for most anyone, it is because the space is there and awesome and wants to be used. it is because you should be able to access stuff and space you need to enhance your fitness. it is because strong is good, very good indeed. it is because i need to get out of bed and travel into charlottetown one more morning a week. (if you can figure out which one of these reasons does not belong, i’ll buy you a coffee).

so, drop in. have fun. get fitter.

 

 

5 womenLooking for a great fitness option for the fall?  Swing a kettlebell and change your life!

When you lift a kettlebell you train your mind as well as your body; you build strength and endurance; you increase flexibility and balance. 

When you lift a kettlebell at the whole way healthy & fitness studio, you find support and camaraderie, allowing you to become your very sweaty best.

Learn the basics of safe and correct kettlebell training in a complimentary skills clinic. Attend this clinic and you’ll get your first kettlebell class free!

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 12th

9:15 am

Call or email to register. 894.8943  thewholeway@wendychappell.com

il_570xN.748272349_lbeaRISE & GRIND: morning kettlebell club offers up a 45 minute
hardstyle kettlebell workout, combining body weight movements with single and double kettlebell movements. each week one class will be classic group format and the other will be circuit style. this is not better than your morning cup of joe, but it is darn close!

kettlebell training provides cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, power training, endurance, flexibility, balance and core conditioning all in one intense workout. if you’re looking for metabolic conditioning with endless variety, this is where you’ll find it!

experienced, novice and inexperienced kettlebell athletes are welcome to join the club but inexperienced kettlebellers will require one separate preparatory session with me. ♥

this is a 12 week session beginning thursday september 3rd and ending thursday november 26th. there will be no class on thursday november 12th.

while working out with the morning club, participants may attend any other studio class for a drop in fee of $5.70

12 weeks – $195 + hst ($223.30)

get on it now.

Louka Kurcerwell first off, you might be wondering just who is this Louka Kurcer?

i first met Louka on facebook, a place where communities grow and evolve. most anyone who has some mention of kettlebell in their profile, or are somehow affiliated with kettlebell training, will accept a friend request from a compadre kettlebell enthusiast.  Louka was training and growing his business and so we connected in the virtual world.

then, much to my surprise one day, as i am puttering in the kitchen, i hear him being introduced in a DNTO episode on CBC radio! that rather put his cool factor up in my books.

and, to continue with the coincidences, when i arrived at the site of the february 2015 StrongFirst SFG1 course – at United Therapies Strive in Winnipeg –  the first person i was to meet, as we doffed our footwear, was none other than Louka.  Louka was there as a course assistant.

this is how the kettlebell universe continues to expand.

so ….

Louka Kurcer is above all else StrongFirst. his training is based on the belief that strength fixes almost everything. he trains and teaches with a minimalist, yet highly effective, approach and is considered an expert in the practice of hardstyle kettlebell, flexibility, and bodyweight strength training within the StrongFirst community.
Louka’s attitude can be compared to that of an old-time strongman and a martial artist. he challenges his students to “practice” rather than “workout”.

he is about the underlying principles, not just the tools:

“an exercise or movement has greater value if it is done with quality and purpose. that is how I build real, long lasting strength.”

he believes strength training should be a lifestyle and advocates being able to train anytime and anywhere.

“A kettlebell can replace an entire gym…and if you don’t have one available, you can still get very strong using just your body.”

that is his one-mind-any-weapon mentality.
Louka currently teaches workshops in and around Montreal and is based out of Hardstyle Kettlebell Mtl. when he is not swinging a kettlebell or putting heavy weights overhead, he pursues his other passion of art in the form of painting and drawing (which was a part of his DNTO story).

check out some of his kettlebeasts:

kettlebeastsdoesn’t that almost make you swoon?

Louka is offering two days of workshops – and they are happening just weeks from now!

HARDSTYLE KETTLEBELL – TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS

the whole way KB poster1if you haven’t yet worked with kettlebells, you might still be wondering why you would want to.

  • skills developed by kettlebell training increase body awareness which translates to better safer movement
  • kettlebell training develops functional strength. that which once felt heavy will feel like a toy
  • kettlebell training delivers bang-for-your-buck fitness. you can achieve extreme conditioning with all-purpose strength
  • kettlebells are compact and can be taken almost anywhere; they can replace an entire gym
  • kettlebell training can help heal & overcome injuries while simultaneously increasing flexibility, agility & strength
  • kettlebell training benefits both sides of the performance coin: maximal acceleration in the quick lifts and maximal tension in slow lifts
  • kettlebell training teaches the correct way to perform the exercises! you will stand out because rarely does a trainee use them properly, including many (uncertified) trainers

what, exactly, is HARDSTYLE KETTLEBELL?

the term refers to a style of hand-to-hand combat practiced in Russian Special Operations in the 1970s. in the 1980s, Hardstyle Kettlebell training was developed to support this combative practice.

hardstyle strength was exemplified by powerlifting and Okinawan karate. the common denominator in any hardstyle method is compression:

  • compress the muscles, because muscles produce force by tensing. maximize the tension
  • compress the joints, because a loose joint absorbs the force meant to go elsewhere; it “leaks” power and is easily injured
  • compress the breath, because a slack waist dissipates force like Jell-O. high intra-abdominal pressure increases strength
  • cCompress the ground, to maximize stability and to take advantage of the reactive forces
  • compress the focus. direct the force precisely to minimize losses

hardstyle strength training is the practice of the totality of compression skills.

this workshop will provide an in-depth practice of the 6 fundamental kettlebell exercises and their variations:

  • the Hardstyle KB swing
  • the KB Front Squat
  • the Turkish-Get Up and the Arm-bar
  • the KB Clean
  • the KB Military Press
  • the KB Snatch and the High Pull

plus, you will get:

  • technique/ form fine tuning, intensive practice
  • detailed progressions for every level of strength
  • coaching cues and exercise correctives
  • mobility drills to boost health and performance
  • safety procedures
  • program design

BODY WEIGHT POWER LIFTS – BEGINNER TO ADVANCED PROGRESSIONS

body weight progressions

body weight progressions

what are the Body Weight Power Lifts?


simply put, body weight power lifts are state-of-the-art drills that can be practiced practically anywhere which will increase your overall strength. the benefit is they have a large carryover to many real life applications. you will get back so much more than you put in!

this day long workshop will allow you to learn principles and techniques that will instantly make you stronger, such as total-body tension, power breathing and, NEVER training to failure. learn the Artificial Controlling Environment that will help your students and yourself become stronger fast.

you will learn that the KEY to all bodyweight drills is the hollow body position and you will receive detailed instruction in how to achieve and maintain this position.

all the exercise movements will be deconstructed and then progressively reconstructed for a systematic learning process, including:

  • the one-arm pushup series: hardstyle plank, pushup, one-arm pushup
  • tactical pull-up series: hollow rock, chin/pull-up, hanging-leg raise, front lever
  • pistol squat series: close squat, airborne lunge, pistol squat
  • handstand pushup series: headstand, handstand, piked/handstand pushup, headstand leg raise

this workshop will also cover how to design your own program incorporating the body weight power lifts.

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HARDSTYLE KETTLEBELL:  saturday july 18th, 9am – 4pm

BODY WEIGHT POWER LIFTS: sunday july 19th, 9am – 4pm

either workshop:

$200. by JUNE 30TH
$250. after JUNE 30TH

combine HARDSTYLE KETTLEBELL with BODY WEIGHT POWER LIFTS for
$350. by JUNE 30TH
$450. after JUNE 30TH

contact Wendy Chappell 902-894-8943
thewholeway@wendychappell.com
for information

payments via email transfer to
thewholeway@wendychappell.com
or through paypal
info@wendychappell.com

this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!

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a kettlebell skills clinic allows you to learn the basic movement patterns of kettlebell training. once you execute the movements properly, you’ve given yourself the gift of an amazing new training method.

kettlebell training provides cardiovascular conditioning, strength training, power training, endurance, flexibility, balance and core conditioning all in one intense workout. if you’re looking for metabolic conditioning with endless variety, this is where you’ll find it!

the next kettlebell skills clinic is scheduled for:

WEDNESDAY APRIL 29TH

5PM

at the whole way health & fitness studio

pre-registration is required. please contact wendy for information or to attend: 894-8943 or thewholeway@wendychappell.com

hope to see you there!

the 12 students of chair ytt

the 12 students of chair ytt

the weekend before last, i attended a chair yoga teacher training course. getting to the program was a bit of vehicular adventure, but the mishaps and setbacks were well worth it.

the course was held in the very special space of Fall River Yoga Centre and offered by Julie Palmer of Yoga4All in the Annapolis Valley.  Julie has a depth and breadth of presence, knowledge and skill. the eleven other students in the course brought an abundant diversity to the experience; the centre quickly opened into a sharing, practice, exploring and learning space.

chair yoga is an adaptive form of yoga, well-suited to any body with ambulatory or joint mobility challenges, concerns with balance, and a variety of issues often associated with aging, though not necessarily so.

the course started each day with a master class, in which Julie opened the class with a meditation/centering practice. this was followed by pranayama (breathing exercises) and warm up movements.  seated yoga poses and standing yoga poses followed. and then optional resistance training or hand/finger mobility with neurological patterning, self massage and another meditation. the master classes were all wrapped up, of course, in a luscious silky ribbon of relaxation.

chair yoga, in case you’re wondering, can be plenty challenging if that is where your practice is. it is also a mat/chair time which begins right where you are. (yeah, the cape bretoner in me wanted to say: right where you’re at)

over the weekend, we explored seated yoga postures and standing postures using the chair. there was a good deal of fun and creativity in the room, and all manner of learned lessons and tips from the participants.

a variety of pranayama techniques, hand mudras, and do-in self-massage were shared and learned along with some very fun silly shakers offered up by one of the other students.

issues of concern when working with an older adult population were covered quite well. from hearing to blood pressure, from arthritis to osteoporosis. the information was just meaty enough for someone new/er to working with this population to have confidence in themselves and fingertip access to a fantastic reference source.

i had been eyeing this program for a couple of years now and am so glad i had the opportunity to attend. i’ll be using so much of this in the programming i already offer seniors.

i am grateful to Julie, for creating such a wonderful container for our learning and curiosity and to all the other participants who filled the room with comfort and creative energy.

namaste.

from extremekettlebell.com

hardstyle kettlebell from extremekettlebell.com

this information is primarily for my clients and class participants. unless a private client is specifically interested in sport/competition style, the classes i teach are primarily hardstyle, or hardstyle derivative. as sport style becomes more and more popular in north america, a very awesome state of affairs, more questions pop up about what is ‘right’ or ‘better’. far from being broad in scope or extensive, i hope this is of some help.  ~ wendy

the kettlebell universe, like our own wondrous and vast system of planets and stars and other spacely things , is expanding.

this is, in my mind, a very good thing.

it means that people — leaders in the field of passion, knowledge and creativity — are refining traditional or classic kettlebell training while others are adapting kettlebell training to nontraditional applications.

sport style kettlebell from extremekettlebell.com

sport style kettlebell from extremekettlebell.com

athletes, martial artists, exercise physiologists, strongmen, recreational exercisers, tactical forces, professional dancers…wow, there is a huge variety of backgrounds using kettlebells in creative ways to achieve specific ends.

to achieve specific ends.

how you use a tool depends on what you want to achieve with it. what are your goals and will this methodology help move you toward them?

so at a very cursory level, the two most fundamental kettlebell styles:

hardstyle kettlebell makes use of maximum muscular tension, alternating with brief periods of relaxation, in order to maximize force, making you stronger in the movement and developing strength over time. this form of training is metabolically inefficient, which means it is metabolically demanding; it taxes the body’s fuel – calories – in execution. control and mobility issues are pivotal to strength gains in this style. it is a system designed to gain maximum effect in minimum time. want to get strong? want to stoke the metabolism? want to minimize your workout time in order to do other stuff? hardstyle.

sport kettlebell, also known as girevoy sport, is a fluid style of training which maximizes efficiency, looking to conserve energy and build power/strength endurance. the more fluid the form, the less metabolically demanding the work, allowing for high repetition of a submaximal weight. as a competitive sport, a movement is performed for 10 minutes without setting the weight down and, if working unilaterally, with only one hand switch in the 10 minutes. want to develop power/strength endurance? want to minimize effort and metabolic expenditure in order to maximize pacing? want to compete in sport kettlebell? sport kettlebell style.

it is also the case that certain kettlebell movements lend themselves better to one or two of the three fitness components — strength, power, endurance — better than others, though there is overlap. especially when you consider pacing of repetition, rest intervals, and total volume of work. hardstyle has a great variation in movement patterns than sport style.

so, hardstyle training allows for maximum tension/force production in both grinding and ballistic movements while grinds would be the antithesis of sport style movements, where the snatch, jerk, and long cycle (clean and jerk) are the competition movements. hardstyle provides for conditioning and strength, sport style nuances the movements.

to give you a visual on the hard vs fluid style, here is a great video of Pat Flynn demonstrating the differences with a kettlebell snatch.

so, what are your goals? why do you lift? the answer will help you in determining which of these styles, or kettlebell lifting methodologies, is right for you.

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