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Kettlebell Training for Strongman

It should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with StrongFirst principles that the way we use a kettlebell has application to most any sport. There simply is no tool better for strength & conditioning than the kettlebell and StrongFirst leads the way for this training modality. What is lesser known is how the kettlebell can be used in strength sports, a realm where the barbell reigns king. Of course it’s obvious that when you compete with a barbell…

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StrongFirst SFG Certification – Chicago 2018

This past weekend I was in Chicago for the StrongFirst SFG Kettlebell certification at the “Dome of Strength”. It’s an indoor baseball stadium, a pressurized Dome, that for the past 5 years has hosted SFG level 1 & 2 certifications. This year we had over 120 people certifying including about 30 instructors from all over the world. As an assistant instructor, I was there assist at the Level 1 and sharpen my own skills by recertifying both my level…

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Independence Through Strength – The Benefit of Strength Training for Seniors

by June Duncan Maintaining independence and enjoying your usual activities can be difficult as you age. Many key aspects of your health may begin to deteriorate, and you may find yourself with things like heart trouble, brittle bones, impaired balance, and general overall fatigue, which can severely restrict freedom of movement and make it hard to enjoy life. Fortunately, there’s an exercise option that addresses all of these conditions and more. Strength training is fun, and you can do…

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Fat Bell Swing (and other exercises)

Fat Bell Swing OTL Variations Outside the Leg Swing – way better with a Fat Bell than a kettlebell! I never liked doing OTL swings with a kettlebell because the ball is put right in the path of the knee. So if you make a mistake, you’re taking out your knee joint. With a Fat Bell, even if you make a mistake, you’re only going to make contact with your thigh. So it’s a safer movement, and maybe even…

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Fat Bell – Introduction and Review

Innovation in strength training doesn’t happen often when it comes to “free weights”. Other than barbells, dumbbells and kettlebells, what else is there? Machines and odd-objects aside, there’s only so many ways to put a handle on a weight and lift it. For over a century, the barbell has reigned king, and rightfully so. There’s simply no better way to lift the most weight possible than with two hands on a plate loaded bar. That doesn’t mean the dumbbell…

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Donald Trump Body Comparison

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  I’m calling out all of the athletes and fitness people who are comparing their bodies to Donald Trump – we get it, you don’t like the president. But unless you’re in your 70’s as well, it’s kinda silly. Even if you are a buff senior citizen, when did it become OK to make fun of someone elses body? This will be the first time I’ve come out and defended the president online, but people shouldn’t be cutting the…

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Balance and BKC

Balance When I was a high school Latin teacher, I was always asked “Why Latin?”. My response was always “Because studying Latin lets you touch everything-language, history, philosophy, even martial arts”. All the things I love to do. This is the same response I have when asked “Why Kettlebells?”. The training touches on, and helps me become better in, all the things I love to do. Running and The Russian Swing Before kettlebells, I ran a lot of road…

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Holiday Eating Guide

by Åsa House While I know most of you don’t really worry about the holiday’s and feel confident you will be able to stick to your routine, it could still be an idea to come into the season with a plan. The more prepared you are the more likelihood you will succeed. I will share with you some simple tips that might come in handy when gathering for family meals and also ideas for those days in between when…

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Fat Fit and Healthy

Health and fitness does not mean being skinny. There’s a standard in today’s culture that ties health, fitness and beauty into being lean. A toned body is a healthy body, right? A flat stomach and 6 pack abs is the epitome of fitness, right? Everybody wants to be skinny, right? Not so much. For a large majority of the population, having a flat stomach is unrealistic. And for some people, to be this lean would be down right unhealthy!…

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Community of Support

  I was recently asked “How did you build such a great community of support at BKC?” I answered, “I don’t know” Then I thought about it for a week or two and here’s what I came up with… Positivity I am a positive person by nature and I try to surround myself with other positive people. I do what I can to lift people up, encourage them and I aim to inspire with both my words and actions….

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