Losing and Winning

I’ve always said that the more someone is intimidated by the gym, the more respect I have for them for walking into it on that first day. Recently, I’ve gotten to experience that myself – stepping into something I was intimidated by – competitive martial arts. About a year and a half ago I started training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. If you’re not familiar with BJJ, it’s a grappling art that utilizes chokes and joint locks to submit an opponent….

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Self Imposed Challenges

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There are two types of Self Imposed Challenges.   1) Goals and 2) Things that keep you from achieving them   Let’s talk about the last one. Obviously, these are negative challenges.   You probably have an idea of what’s holding you back from getting stronger, leaner and more muscular. To overcome these challenges, first you’ll need to identify them.   You eat too much or you eat too little. More sugary carbohydrates than protein. You drink a lot….

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My SFG Experience Part 2 – The Rest of the Story

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By Katie Armero, SFL, SFG I still remember the feeling well.  Pulling up to the gym for my first kettlebell class, partially out of interest and partially because I knew Dan, owner of Baltimore Kettlebell Club and a friend since middle school.  I was at a point in my life where I needed something to provide direction and discipline, but I was only vaguely aware of that.  I did know that when I pulled up to the gym that…

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Grand Opening

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This past weekend we celebrated our 10 year anniversary and Grand Opening of our new location. It was a memorable event (to say the least). I am completely humbled by the people who came out and the businesses who sponsored it. I am forever grateful.   Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Parent / Child Workout     Kettlebell Juggling Flow w/ Craig & Katie     Hand Balancing Act w/ Jim Bathurst     Truck Pull w/ Tom Bruns    …

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Get in the Game

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Last October I started training Brazilian JuJitsu at Grapple Academy aka Perry Hall Martial Arts. It’s going well – I’m a 2 stripe white belt now and I’m hoping to test again soon. It feels good to be a student again and learn something new everyday.   The only fitness goal I set for 2021 was to take a minimum of 1 BJJ class a week every week for the year. Due to scheduling conflicts, that’s all that I…

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My SFG Experience – Part 1: The Anti-Monkey Butt Saga

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The Anti-Monkey Butt Saga by Katie Armero, SFG, SFL If asked how my SFG certification went, I will probably be compelled to tell this story.  As you may know, StrongFirst certifications are available all over the world, and I chose to attend the Florida location so I could work with some awesome people I met during my SFL barbell certification and to tack on a visit with my parents.   However, the Florida humidity is not such an ideal…

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Why you need Restorative Exercise for Health & Strength

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Although strength training is about resistance exercise, it’s important to know when to incorporate restorative exercise. Restorative exercise allows you to recover from tough training sessions and “fill in the gaps” in your body. Filling in the Gaps There’s certain things you should do simply for the health of your body. Let’s remember that you are only as strong as your weakest link. That could be core strength, or grip strength, or it could be nothing relating to strength…

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The Ups and Downs of Expanding into a New Location

April 26, 2021 I’m writing this after having verbally accepted the terms of a new location for Baltimore Kettlebell Club. I’ve been working on securing this spot for about 6 months now.  The fact is, I’ve been looking to move for years now. The current location has its limitations; it’s hard to find, parking is a pain and there is no professional courtesy from the neighbors.  I’ve visited many potential locations to move BKC to over the years but…

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10 Things I’ve Learned in 10 Years Being a Gym Owner

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5 years ago I wrote an article “10 things I’ve learned in 10 years of being a kettlebell instructor” It’s now been 10 years that I’ve been a gym owner so I figured it was time that I write this piece.  Before we begin, let me first say that my gym, Baltimore Kettlebell Club, is a private training studio. We are a StrongFirst accredited gym and we offer group classes and personal training only. This is not the kind…

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Discipline, Self Control and Personal Responsibility

I often talk about how much I’ve learned through strength training. Things like work ethic, goal setting and perseverance, but all of these lessons follow a similar theme. That theme is discipline and self control. However, it wasn’t until recently that I came to understand that these two things are different. Self discipline says “go” whereas self control says “no”. In other words, starting an exercise program and giving up sugar are two different psychological processes. It requires discipline…

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