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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.

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this painting of me is the amazing work of Renee Laprise of www.onelovelywitch.com

this painting of me is the amazing work of Renee Laprise of http://www.onelovelywitch.com

i have, of late, been giving quite some thought to the variety and breadth of kettlebell training that is around these days and what it is i offer to my clients and class participants.

i have taken a number of kettlebell certficiations, workshops, and courses and follow the work of a number of folks forging creative and awesome ways to train with kettlebells.  from the straight up hardstyle brought to north america by Pavel Tsatsouline to the girya sport style of Valery Fedorenko, from the mma blend of Joey Alvarado, to the group kettlebell programming of Ajamu Bernard, a myriad fitness kettlebell variations are available.

there are strong differences in training philosophies which give rise to all manner of stylistic variations and nuances across this kettlebell universe.

in my classes, i offer a variety of styles and sometimes a meshing of styles, in order to achieve certain class outcomes.  in my personal training, i coach hard style, or close to, or sport style depending on the goals of the client.

earlier this week in a class i taught, there was an interchange about the ‘proper’ performance of a movement.  it was a great example of stylistic differences and it related to the execution of the kettlebell windmill.

here, Shawn Mozen of Agatsu, coaches straight legs (his students coach locked out knees)

 

and here, Pavel Tsatsouline of StrongFirst, coaches a soft forward knee

the training philosophies of these two men are quite different (check out their websites to learn more). and, in the world of strength, conditioning and fitness, the same movement may be executed differently to address different goals.

a part of my job as a fitness service provider is to work fast and furious to stay at the edge of industry knowledge and practice;  to wisely and judiciously distill, synthesize and package that information; and, to deliver safe and effective services.

this week has been an awesome learning week!

i am indebted to the many brilliant minds with whom i have had the honour and privilege to study and work in the last dozen years. i am excited about the many courses and workshops i will be attending in the upcoming months. i am grateful for the challenges to my skills and knowledge offered by colleagues and the questions posed by clients and class participants.

move and be still, wendy

 

For yesterday and for all tomorrows, we dance the best we know. -Kate Seredy

Kathryn dances

Kathryn dances

Perhaps the oldest form of dance, Belly Dance has many of its roots in Middle Eastern cultures.  Middle Eastern dance forms are a passion for Kathryn Burke and she did an amazing job of leading a group of us through a series of challenging moves last week at the whole way health & fitness studio.

Isolating specific muscle groups — moving certain body parts while holding other muscles completely still — takes fierce focus and often a control which seems to be lacking.  The neurological patterning involved must be astounding, and the effects of toning and sculpting muscles is frequently the pot of gold participants are seeking.

 

nick, jaz, nadine, mandy, wendy, susan, jackie, donna - HIPsters

Core muscles are exercised to the max in this form of dance.  What is not to love about that?  Belly Dance also stimulates circulation and improves coordination.

It has a great impact on postural alignment and is a great way to reduce stress.

Kathryn provided us with a brief history of how she came to be a dancer and how it immediately became a passion for her.

stretching

stretching

She led us through a series of warm-up exercises and stretches.

Then we got down to business and began moving our bodies in ways most of us were not accustomed.

jaz & mandy work on neck slides

jaz & mandy work on neck slides

She attempted to teach us muscle control — both smooth, fluid movements and sharp, dramatic ones.  In some instances, we demonstrated sharp comedic ones.

The lower body work — the hip movements — are largely controlled through the knees, so balance and coordination are key components of the dance.

Learning to spin on the ball of one foot also created a great dynamic balance challenge for some of us.

Nick was the lone brave male to participate.  His focus was intense as he channeled his inner goddess.  We all appreciated his good natured bravery and we enjoyed his total absorption in learning the moves.

We practiced shoulder shimmies – an extremely tough move for many of us.

Snake arms, hip lifts, chest circles, hip circles, chest camels — it became a dizzying array of undulating movements, wide smiles, bursts of giggles, sly sideways glances, and general fun and frivolity.

Despite the stiffness arising from novelty, we all discovered Belly Dance to be a fabulous form of self expression, providing a freedom of movement, a connection with each other and deep spirit.

And many of us experienced post dance tenderness in hips, abdominal muscles, shoulders and upper back.  What a fantastic addition to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Kathryn, we quickly discovered, is an outstanding teacher and an amazing performer.

At the behest of all who gathered, she performed for us.  She was lovely, we were mesmerized.  What a treat!

hip lifts while on the move

hip lifts while on the move

mandy is a natural at shoulder shimmies!

mandy is a natural at shoulder shimmies!

jaz preps for chest lifts

jaz preps for chest lifts

nick wills his feet to spin

nick wills his feet to spin

donna thinks 'marty' and the hips slide

donna thinks ‘marty’ and the hips slide

Enjoy some of the photos from the evening.  My apologies for the poor quality — the batteries in my camera were low.  Many thanks to Udo-of-the-injured-back who had to forgo the shakes and shimmies and instead participate vicariously behind the lens of the camera.

Remember that when the music changes, so does the dance — an important life lesson.

susan's figure 8's were amazing

susan’s figure 8’s were amazing

nick nailed the head slides

nick nailed the head slides

Allyson was the quintessential seductress

Allyson was the quintessential seductress

circle games

circle games

nadine is smoooooooth

nadine is smoooooooth

kathryn & udo pose

kathryn & udo pose

capers on the loose

capers on the loose

Wendy is offering the following classes this summer.  Get further information, like class descriptions, how to register and costs here.

MONDAY

5:45pm Kettlebell Training Class  (begins June 1st)

TUESDAY

5:00pm Kettlebell Training Class (begins June 16th)

6:00pm Yoga Recovery/Beginners (begins June 16th)

THURSDAY

12:10pm Creative Core (begins June 11th)

5:00pm Kettlebell Training Class (begins June 4th)

6:00pm Yoga Recovery/Beginners (begins June 4th)

KETTLEBELL SKILLS CLINICS

The Kettlebell Skills Clinic provides you with instruction in all the basic movements for safe, effective and intense kettlebell training.  Clinics are provided on a complementary basis and are required prior to attending Kettlebell Training Class.   Pre-registration is required as numbers are limited.

5:45pm May 28th

9:00am May 30th

10:00am June 6th

Kathryn Burke will also be hosting classes out of the whole way health & fitness studio.  Her schedule follows, and please contact her directly to register:  http://www.bellyfit.ca/kathrynburke or call 902.672.3959

WEDNESDAY

5:00PM Bellyfit (begins June 3rd, no class July 1st)

SATURDAY

9:00am Bellyfit (begins June 6th)

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