Introducing the Sweat Equity Agreement...
Sweat Equity is a 6 month agreement made between Baltimore Kettlebell Club and someone who is committed to losing weight. If that person commits to losing X pounds, that person will be discounted X dollars from their monthly membership. So if Sherry's goal is to lose 50lbs in 6 months, she would receive $50 off an unlimited class monthly membership (reg. $175) for 6 months. Likewise, if Scott's goal is to lose 100lbs in 6 months, Scott will receive $100 off per month for 6 months.
However, if the goal is not met, then the discount is paid back in full. Sherry owes $300 and Scott owes $600.
The Sweat Equity Agreement is meant for the people who have 50lbs or more to lose, and are committed to that weight loss. If that sounds like you and you want to take advantage of this offer, you have two options:
1) Come in for a free class
This will give you the chance to check out the gym, meet your trainer and get a feel for the workout, at no cost. If you want to set up a Sweat Equity agreement, you will then be scheduled for a follow up Functional Movement Screen and nutritional consultation. This option is recommended for anyone who has any experience with exercise, has no limitations and is not afraid to jump right in and get to work. If this is you, register (as "unpaid") for any class on the schedule (other than a level 2 class) and drop us a note that you're coming in and want to talk about the SEA. (If registering from a mobile device, best to use the Mindbody app.) Click here to view our schedule and register for a class -
2) Schedule personal training
Personal training will give you the chance to start with an evaluation and consultation before your first workout. This will give your trainer a chance to take you through the Functional Movement Screen, give you a corrective exercise program, set up a Sweat Equity Agreement and schedule your nutritional consultation. This option is recommended for most people; its a prudent way to start. The only downside is that you have to pay up front for personal training which isn't cheap. Sorry, but I'm not a cheap trainer. I am however a reasonable man, so if you're not ready to take a class, and purchasing personal training is an obstacle for you, I'd be willing to discuss issuing a credit into your Sweat Equity Agreement.
I've struggled with my weight all of my life. I know what it's like to be overweight and need something or someone to help. I also know what it's like to overcome struggles, tear down strongholds and create a better version of yourself! I want that for other people and if I can help you do that, I will.
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Just like many others, I have struggled with my weight nearly my entire life. There’s no secret or magic trick to lose weight. It all boils down to diet and exercise. For me, it was where do I even start? Dan’s Sweat Equity program takes you through each process step by step. Now I’m over 50lbs lighter, I feel stronger than I ever have, and I am truly in the best shape of my life. This has been a life changing experience for me. I’m ready to set the next goal to build muscle, to continue to gain strength and to maintain my weight loss. Dan is an amazing trainer. He’s very knowledgeable and knows just how much to push you so that you can achieve your goals. The atmosphere at BKC is FAMILY. Everyone is supportive and encouraging of each other whether you are trying to lift 15lbs or 400lbs. I am thankful every day for BKC!
- Sherry Conroy
The SEA Program consists of 4 phases...
Phase 1: Functional Movement
The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is physical therapy assessment designed for strength coaches and athletic trainers to detect dysfunctional movement patterns and identify potential injuries before they happen. It's currently being used at the highest levels of sport and certain branches of the military. We use the FMS to make sure people are ready to start exercising and determine what exercises they should start with.
Phase 2: Healthy Habits
This is where we start to develop healthy habits on a consistent basis. In addition to a corrective exercise program as per the FMS, this phase also includes eating habits - you will meet with a Registered Dietician for a consultation and initial meal plan.
"Weight loss should never be the end goal but rather a side effect of a healthy lifestyle. In our day and age, we are overwhelmed with nutrition and diet advice. It’s hard to sort through and find the truth. Sometimes, the problem is not that it’s difficult to eat healthy but that it’s so much easier not to. Whether your goal is weight loss/weight gain, management of a chronic condition, such as diabetes or heart disease, muscle building, endurance or peak performance or simply just a wish to eat healthier and feel better, I will help you find your own personal way to reach your goals and provide you with the tools you need to build your own healthy house!"
-Asa House, RD
Phase 3: Kettlebell Conditioning
This is where intense training begins. The kettlebell is our tool of choice for weight loss. Kettlebell exercises performed for high repetitions at high intensities are unparalleled in burning fat while building muscle simultaneously. Phase 3 training lasts a minimum of 5 months to allow the individual time to learn proper technique and increase his/her intensity gradually. Like anything we do, form is of utmost importance. It's not about what the kettlebell is doing, but what your body is doing. This is why the FMS and corrective exercise program come first; it lays the foundation for further, more intense training. We want people to move well so they can move often.
Phase 4: Muscle & Strength
This is where muscle building becomes top priority and weight loss goes into maintenance mode. Assuming the training has lost between 50+lbs in phase 3, there will be an accompanying change in metabolism. Our goal in phase 4 is to rebuild any lost muscle, boost metabolism and ensure the weight stays off. Barbell exercises are introduced and strength is forged through the iron. This is where we learn to enjoy exercise as body-building vs exercise as a means to lose weight. Its good to think about what we have to gain from exercise rather than what we have to lose. The muscle built in phase 4 will not only strengthen muscle and bone, but self esteem as well. There is no greater feeling than being strong and physically capable.
"Strength is absolute, it's unequivocal. You either have it or you don't. If you have it, you will find a time to use it. If you don't have it, you will find a time that you wish you did."
-Dr. Ken Leistner
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