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a group of smart, big-hearted women have come together to help feed island children.
from their facebook page:
We are a group of moms challenging you! How many children can you feed?
Research shows a strong correlation between healthy eating and academic success. Let’s give all children the same chance to succeed. Feed a child and raise a reader.
It takes roughly 3lbs of food to feed a child for one day. Let’s see how many children a community can feed. We are challenging you to reach out to your family, friends, colleagues, contacts, to see just how far reaching our community is.
How can you help?!? Reach out to your family, friends, colleagues, contacts and organize a friendly competition or host a party and get your guests to bring a can of food rather than a host gift! Put together a neighborhood challenge and challenge another neighborhood. Challenge another company or department at work; challenge yourselves.
Together Everyone Achieves More.
Contact us on FB for more details or email us at email@example.com.
part of their drive was to organize yoga instructors to offer classes as part of the drive.
i have two coming up.
donations are accepted at both locations – the whole way health & fitness studio and Atlantic Fitness East – even if you do not attend the class.
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
shined your light
and loved and elevated
—the call of duty.
~ lalah delia
i picked up the kettlebells and got today’s program done.
i am in the second week of a StrongBody Challenge. it is far more volume than i generally work, with a 5 day on 2 day off layout. double kettlebell complexes 3x per week.
i didn’t want to do the workout today. i could list all sorts of excuses, but you already know them all. they’ve taunted you too.
so i set two goals before i started:
- get it done
- stay safe while doing it
when i finished, my first thought was: that was not your best effort wendy.
but that wasn’t true.
there’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally see what goes on underwater,you realize that you’ve been missing the whole point of the ocean. ~ dave barry
i worked, for many years, with stressed and distressed people. poverty. addictions. housing. abuse. marginalization. education. mental health issues. the stresses almost innumerable and so many unfamiliar to me.
in the early years of this work, so much of what i came upon, the context of people’s lives, was far beyond my ken. i am grateful that some wonderfully supportive mentors helped me keep my mind and heart open.
one of the earliest conclusions i came to was that people invariably do the best they can with what they have at that moment. no one puts out less than their best effort. at least i have never witnessed anything less than a person’s best. even when, from most perspectives, the outcome doesn’t look so good.
today i put in my best effort. as i always do. best efforts have a context.
best efforts can look different each day. don’t miss the whole point of them.
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 Training, a 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
eight 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
good morning everyone.
due to winter weather and travel conditions, the studio will remain closed for today.
6:00am Clubbells Class is canceled
7:00am Kettlebell Class at UPEI is canceled
9:30am Gentle Yoga is canceled
11:00am Creative Core is canceled
all personal training appts, except those via skype, are canceled
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.
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
if 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.
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
Call or email to register. 894.8943 firstname.lastname@example.org
RISE & 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.
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.
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:
Louka is offering two days of workshops – and they are happening just weeks from now!
HARDSTYLE KETTLEBELL – TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS
- 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
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.
HARDSTYLE KETTLEBELL: saturday july 18th, 9am – 4pm
BODY WEIGHT POWER LIFTS: sunday july 19th, 9am – 4pm
$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
payments via email transfer to
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this is an opportunity you do not want to miss!