School is Back in Session, with New Classes!

Well, I have returned from Burning Man and several students have returned from vacations and are getting their kids back in school.  There was a small, but not insignificant flood in the Studio while I was gone…a BIG THANK YOU TO BETH G!  She helped keep everyone afloat (pun intended) while I was away.  YAAY!!

Remember that we have added two new classes.  Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM  Swings and Get-Ups!  These will be similar to our Monday workout and are perfect for beginners and advanced students alike.  Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm becomes Advanced Drills and Skills.  If you are really into pain you can totally come at 5 for Swings and Get-Ups and then stay for Advanced Drills and Skills for an AWESOME two hour workout!


While Sheri is at the Burning Man Festival 2012!


It is time once again for me to be off to the Burning Man Festival with my Fire Performance Troupe, Flameology.  I will be out of the studio from August 27th until September 10th, 2012.  In my absence classes will be led by Beth and Lucia.  Jennifer Szabo will teach a hoop/juggling skills class on Monday, Sept. 3rd and Tuesday, Sept. 4th at 6pm. 

There will be NO class on THURSDAY MORNINGS! (August 30th/September 6th).

While I am away, classes led by students are to be considered “Open Classes”.  Roughly translated, that means “No Lifeguard On Duty”.  These classes are intended for experienced students to continue their workouts with fellow, more experienced, students.  NOT for new students.  *Attention New Students!!! I have let you all know if you are ready to workout without me*.  

PLEASE TEXT OR CALL THE CLASS LEADER IF YOU ARE COMING TO A CLASS!  (I do not want them to have to drive across town if there will be no one in the studio!)

Lucia  702-806-2798 –  Tuesday 9am,  8/28 – Wednesday 9am, 8/29 – Friday 9am, 8/31  – Monday 9am , 09/03  – Tuesday 9am, 09/04 , Wednesday 9am, 09/05  – Friday 9am, 09/07

Beth 702-561-2610  –  Monday, 8/27 9am – Monday, 8/27 6pm – Tuesday, 8/28 6pm – Wednesday, 8/29 6pm – Thursday, 8/30 6pm – Wednesday, 9/5 6pm – Thursday,9/6 6pm

Jennifer 702-606-9739  –  Monday, 9/3 6pm HOOPS/JUGGLING SKILLS – Tuesday, 9/4 6pm HOOPS/JUGGLING SKILLS

When I return, I am adding two additional classes:

TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS at 5pm SWINGS AND FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS.  These classes will focus on the “Center of the Kettlebell Universe”, the SWING, as well as the “First Star”, the GET UP, and various squats and dead lifts.  These are the RKC basics that have been said to take “5 minutes to learn and a lifetime to master”.  These classes are essential for beginners, and I HIGHLY recommend them for anyone looking to burn fat, build long, lean muscle, and endurance as well as revisit the basics.  The way we learn ANY skill is through:  Education, (learn how to do it from instruction, books, videos, etc.).  Practice, (DO IT!).  Review, (learn it again…it will be different now that you have some experience).  Practice.  Here is the most important part…REPEAT!  You get the idea…each time we return to the learn how step, we get something new based on our experience level and the more we practice and get more experience… it a cycle that keeps repeating!

This means that TUESDAYS and THURSDAYS at 6pm will become ADVANCED DRILLS AND TECHNIQUES.  These classes will focus on, you guessed it, advanced kettlebell drills and techniques.  Students are welcome to come at 5pm to brush up on the basics and burn some kcals (remember that when done correctly, swings burn around 22 calories per minute…that is about the equivalent to running a 6 minute mile!) and then stay for the advanced class!

If you would like to check out equipment while I am gone READ THIS! 

Let me know as soon as possible what you would like to use.  First come, first served…I have to keep it simple people!  I may ask you to bring said checked out item to class with you to class if you are coming…it depends on the item…just ask and we will figure it out!

Friday Augist 3rd “Open Workout”

It is finally time! Sheri and her daughter, Julia, are facing the Zombie Infested 5K in Seattle!

I will be leaving Friday morning, running Saturday and returning Sunday evening.  Jen will lead the Friday “Crazy 8” . This means that Friday’s class is an “Open Class”…workout at your own risk…No Lifeguard is on Duty…I do not reccomend beginners come to a “open” class. I will set up the circuit Thursday night…I am thinking “ZOMBIE” Theme!


How to explain Kettlebell training to people who ask why you look so good and leave them in the dust

Lately, students in the studio have been saying that many of their friends,family, and co-workers keep asking them questions like “WOW! you look great! How did you get in such good shape?”, “What do you do at the gym?”…When my clients tell them (very excitedly because they KNOW how to help this person!) that they are working out regularly with kettlebells, they usually get a quick “Oh..that sounds hard.”…and the person just kind of drops it. The truth is, sadly, MOST PEOPLE ARE JUST NOT WILLING TO DO THE WORK. Sure, they want to look good, like you, and feel strong, build endurance and resist injury, but they want to get all that by taking a supplement, and hanging out on an ab lounger or something…they don’t want to really DO something different or … gulp!….something H-A-R-D oh nooo…..You ARE doing the work, and you ARE feeling and seeing the results. That is how it works, and explaining to someone who is just not ready or willing to make a change is probably just going to be an exercise in futility.

Now, if (here is the big IF word!)…IF you are talking to someone who you think really is ready and willing work, I have put together some helpful points to talk about….besides the fact that the Food… mean Holiday Season is here, most Americans will gain about 4 pounds…MANY will probably NOT take it all off after the New Year, AND that after age 30, if we do nothing about it, our bodies naturally lose about 1% lean muscle per year! That’s RIGHT!
Getting old is NOT FOR SISSIES, and if we DON’T USE IT, WE WILL LOSE IT!

A good kettlebell workout will burn about 22 calories per minute! That is approximately the same caloric burn as running a 6 minute mile! KB training is LOW IMPACT, and much gentler on the body than running! Bonus! Because KB training IS Interval training, you will continue to burn extra calories for several hours AFTER your workout! To date, my fat loss leading client has lost over 140lbs in two years!

What are the benefits?

The “What the Heck Effect” is what happens with people train with KBs. You get better at absolutely ANYTHING athletic! This is because power comes from the hips, and the natural, functional movement WITH a IRON KETTLEBELL fosters natural athletic bodies! Bonus! The Power Breathing technique helps with natural movements and protects our backs, hips,and knees! ANYONE with a favorite sport will appreciate this!

A one-hour kettlebell class takes care of your cardio, resistance, AND flexibility training ALL AT THE SAME TIME! There is no need for “Cardio days”…and they NEVER have to step foot on a treadmill again if they do not want to!
Bonus! KB training builds LONG, LEAN muscle! MUSCLE BURNS FAT! Even when you are on the couch!
KB Training is SAFE for virtually everyone!
I hear from people every month who have been living with pain and immobility who feel BETTER, or their pain is GONE COMPLETELY! I personally have FIXED issues that plagued me for more than 20 years due to a car wreck that broke my neck. I have clients who have experienced the same thing with back, knee, elbow, neck, and shoulder pain! Kids do great! Seniors do amazing things! To date, my youngest client has been 8, and my oldest client 83!
An assessment and First Class is FREE! Have them contact me, or bring them to a class to see what we do and hear why!

The RKC is a school of strength! I am certified RKC, that means that I teach Hard Style Russian Kettlebell techniques. This differs some from other methods of kettlebell training. The idea behind Hard Style is MAXIMUM muscle recruitment for gains in RAW POWER. If you are going to do a thing, why not do it to the MAX!? This is awesome for the average
person looking to burn fat and gain functional muscle, as well as for the professional athlete or performer!

Sizzling Summer Classes for newbies

New to Hard-Style? Monday, Wednesday, and Friday Morning is for you!  These classes are geared to anyone new to kettlebell training. These classes will focus on proper form and execution of the basic kettlebell exercises, especially the swing. Fear not, you won’t be a beginner for long, before you know it, you’ll be rockin’ the bells with the more seasoned (ahem, crazy) kids. In the meantime, bring your game face, water and a towel because you’re going to sweat. Bad…and you’re going to love it.

What the heck?!!

Before long, you’ll experience the “what the heck” effect. It’s that little extra something that magically affects everything you do. It’s that extra lap you couldn’t run 2 weeks ago, that feeling of not being out of breath after a couple flights of stairs or not dying in that Yoga class you’ve been putting off. Functional movement = functional strength, the strength you use in your every day almost seems too practical…

Go ahead, get off the treadmill and work out with us. Take advantage of the “What the Heck Effect!”