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the whole way health & fitness studio is now offering kettlebell classes designed specifically for those of us dealing with issues related to aging.

there is a growing body of research which tells us that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, by as much as 50%. the mechanism seems to be the increased flow of blood — therefore oxygen — to your brain. this is a message consistently put out there by neuroscientists — exercise which increases your heart rate is the best preventative for dementia and a vital prescriptive for dementia.

recent research indicates that resistance training can reverse aspects of aging at the gene level. wow! regular, progressive resistance training also improves the muscle’s longevity profile at the molecular level;  long-term resistance training is associated with a lower risk of age-associated disease and death.

resistance training does more than just make you stronger. it helps optimize biomarkers indicative of overall wellness such as triglycerides, LDL-cholesterol, and HDL-cholesterol in both men and women. sweet news.

mood and mental health markers, like depression, anxiety and response to stress are improved with regular exercise.

the amount of daily or weekly activity you put into your life is totally within your control!  group activities have the added benefit of new social interaction.

the whole way health & fitness studio provides a friendly and supportive atmosphere; a place where you’ll receive instruction with care and expertise.

 

60+ab

aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
betty friedan

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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

 

 

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

 

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.

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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!

hardstyle kettlebell swing

hardstyle kettlebell swing

as it goes with any aspect of the fitness industry — personal trainers, group fitness instructors, older adult specialists, pilates instructors, and the like — there are plenty of fit folks in prince edward island who love to exercise and who quickly figure out that offering classes, leading facebook challenge groups, or instructing others is an easy way for them to get their own workout and make some money.

qualifications, other than their own personal journey to better health, seem not so important.

when they have no specific hands-on education, what they pick up from a youtube video or a dvd release can be detrimental to your health.

this post is, as the title indicates, about kettlebell training. i have heard quite a number of stories — more than the fingers on both hands — about unqualified instructors providing poor instruction. i have been asked to take over a kettlebell class from an unqualified (and therefore uninsured) personal trainer and i have had at least a half dozen studio participants tell me about correcting the technique of other ‘instructors’ in other fitness businesses.

i am sure other kettlebell coaches have heard similar stories.

and, just recently, i was told by someone who has a connection to fitness/recreational education on the island that some people don’t think anyone on the island is duly certified (and i hope this is not based on the perception that our certifying bodies are questionable, as they most certainly are not).

these two sides of the same coin disturb me. to that end, i am compiling a list of who, in our island kettlebell world, has what certification and where you can contact them if you are interested in solid, safe, knowledgeable instruction.

  1. Kelly Arsenault. certified as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 through KBell Training Academy. subs as an occasional instructor at the whole way health & fitness studio in Charlottetown.
  2. J-Mac Beauchesne. certified as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 through KBell Training Academy. competes in GS (kettlebell sport). instructs at The Fit Stop in The Credit Union Place in Summerside and subs at Isand Impact Mixed Martial Arts.
  3. Zelda Bernard. certified as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 through KBell Training Academy. not currently teaching/coaching. lives in Eastern PEI.
  4. wendy chappell. a Certified Personal Trainer, originally kettlebell certified through Agatsu as a Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 in 2007 and more recently with KBell Training Academy as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 and a KBell Jam Instructor and as an Instructor of Kettlebell Sport through Orange Kettlebell Club. a Master Trainer Candidate for KBell Training Academy; has attended Agatsu Kettlebell Instructor Level 2 (received a day of instruction from Steve Cotter) and StrongFirst Girya 1 courses. participated in in-person professional development with KBell Training Academy at the national CanFitPro conference and on-line in High Intensity Kettlebell Fitness with KBNY and Kettlebell Rehab: Hardstyle Methods in Corrective Exercise with IDEA Health & Fitness Association. to date, has instructed more than 3000 kettlebell classes, workshops and courses. coaches classes and works with personal training clients at the whole way health & fitness studio in Charlottetown.
  5. April Gregory. a Certified Personal Trainer certified as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 through KBell Training Academy and working toward a cert as a KBell Jam Instructor with same; Instructor of Kettlebell Sport with Orange Kettlebell Club. find current offerings at April Gregory: Kettlebell Training mainly in Souris and Up East areas of the island.
  6. Alan Howatt. certified as a Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 with Agatsu and an Instructor of Kettlebell Sport with Orange Kettlebell Club. teaches at Abegweit Kettlebells Sport Club in Mount Stewart.
  7. Lola MacLeod. certified as a Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 with Agatsu. teaches at Atlantic Fitness East in Montague.
  8. Stefanie MacQuarrie. a Certified Group Fitness Instructor, certified originally as a Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 with Agatsu and more recently as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 with KBell Training Academy and working toward a cert as a KBell Jam Instructor with same. classes are offered through “Alota Tabatas” Kettlebell Class in Crapaud and  subs at the whole way health & fitness studio in Charlottetown.
  9. Lindsay Moore. certified as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 with KBell Training Academy. subs at “Alota Tabatas” Kettlebell Class in Crapaud.
  10. Courtney Steele. a Certified Personal Trainer, certified as a Kettlebell Trainer 1 with KBell Training Academy. teaches and trains at Full Throttle Fitness in Morell.
  11. Danny Walker. certified as a Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 with Agatsu. teaches at Atlantic Fitness East in Montague.
  12. Susan Walsh. an Instructor of Kettlebell Sport with Orange Kettlebell Club since Sept. 2014. currently training under John Wild Buckly, owner of OKC. certified Kettlebell Instructor Level 1 through Agatsu and re-certified in Feb. 2014. teaching classes in kettlebell fitness since 2009 and practicing with kettlebells since 2008. owner of Studio K in Georgetown, PE.

kettlebell training is a very effective way of achieving goals. it is, however, very technique specific and as such requires specialized education of the provider.

let’s stay safe as we toss around the iron!

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* to certified instructors: i compiled this list after alerting all on the list to my intention of writing this post. if i have made a mistake or omission, if you would like to be removed from the list, or if you would like to be added to the list, please get in touch.

*to training clients and class participants: this may or may not be an exhaustive list of certified kettlebell instructors on prince edward island. you can always ask your instructor about her/his qualifications and, if they are certified, send them along to be edited into this post.

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.

jillian

both Jillian Michaels and i are sad about the cancellation of Kettlebell Class on saturday, january 31st, but for different reasons.

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