Welcome 2016

Congratulations!  You made it to another New Year!  I am really not one for making “New Year Resolutions” so much, however;  January is as good a time as any to make or renew commitments to YOURSELF.  Every January, it looks like people are committing to taking the time and attention to a practice of strength and wellness.  You can’t miss it!  Big Box and CrossFit Gyms are filled waaay past the parking lot capacity.  Personal Trainers are working their butts off, with no time to think. Group X classes are full with great new classes forming daily!  Hot Yoga studios barley have time to dry out between full capacity classes.  GNC can’t keep all those magic fat  melting, muscle building pills, potions and powders on the shelves.  Every fast/semi fast food chain has “healthy” or “low calorie” options on the menu.  With all this renewed commitment going around you would think that just about everyone would be in great shape by summer, right!?  Yeah…not so much.

The thing to understand is that the body is essentially a machine.  It is made up of a series of levers and pulleys that make it possible to move your body and move heavy things.  These levers and pulleys are powered by the rest of the systems of these amazing machines.  If your vital organs are functioning well, the food you eat is used for energy. Energy fuels your strength practice.  Strength is a skill, and it can be learned and taught.  Like any other skill, it must be practiced.

Practice includes movement preparation like rolling and crawling on the floor, and learning breathing and eye control and gaze drills.  Practice includes a LOT of hip and shoulder mobility and more time on the floor.  In fact, practice includes getting on and off the floor in many different ways. The ability to get up off the floor is quite literally a life saving skill.

The problem with “most people’s resolutions” is that they are not ready and/or willing to learn new skills.  Learning new skills is HARD.  People feel foolish not performing a movement correctly, and quite honestly, if Instructors, Coaches, and Trainers allow people to just “power through” drills with poor form they are causing harm, and the sooner people give up on those programs, all the better.

Your Hard-Style Russian Kettlebell Strength Practice begins when you decide.  If you are ready, I suggest looking at http://www.strongfirst.com, if you do not have a kettlebell background.  If you would like to start training with me, call or text  702-327-6146, or email me at ptsheri@gmail.com to set up an orientation meeting.  I have a small studio in northwest Las Vegas where I offer UNLIMITED small group training and practice for $100 per month.  I also offer private sessions, and in-home as well as workshops around the valley.

Here’s to you and a strong 2016!




From a Strength Coach over 50 

Well, I have been over fifty for a little while now. I can say for certain that I am so grateful for my continued good health, and the health of my family.  I am grateful that I read an article in 2008 that prompted me to follow the teaching Pavel Tsatsouline with kettlebells.  The strength I have learned has “fixed” my body. I am stronger at 51 than at any time in my life, and I am helping my students learn to get strong too.

Many of my strength students are “seniors”.  I guess that title comes at some magic age number like 65 or something, and I have the honor of witnessing them get stronger, stand straighter, move better, and feel better every day, the really cool thing is you can learn to get stronger at any age.  

Learning to be strong may sound impossible, you may think that strength is something that some people have and some just don’t. You may even be under the understandable, but incorrect notion that you may be too old to get stronger. Strength is a skill. All skills can be taught.  If you are capable of learning to play a new card game, you are capable of learning strength.  If you can sit on the toilet, and get up unassisted, you can learn to dead lift and swing a kettlebell.  

Many of the “symptoms” of aging are quite literally reversible with strength training. Being able to get up and down from the floor with ease can change a person’s quality of life for the much better. High blood pressure  and Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed to the point where people can reduce, or actually get off their prescribed medications. Weight bearing exercise is proven to increase bone density. Strength makes a person resilient to injury, and Kettlebell training improves cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well!

So, if you have been thinking of starting some kind of exercise program, find a Strong First Instructor in your area. Start now because getting old is not for sissies!

Re-writing Existing Operating Programs

So, my computer crashed, hard.  Not to worry, I can reverse inherit the laptop I bought for my daughter.  She is in film school, and tuition included a new MacBookPro.  So, no problem I can have my data transferred and I will be up and running in no time, right?  Problem, the operating system of this particular computer will not support the programs that I wanted to use.  GAH!  Now what!? Spend a bunch of money for a newer computer when this one is fine, it is just what Apple calls “Vintage”….It is a 2008…VINTAGE?? I decided to just make do with this wonderful, functional, albeit vintage computer.  With some work arounds and the good ol’ internet we will be just fine for now.  So, this got me thinking about other kinds of “operating systems” like the ones that run in our minds that tell us how strong we are, or not.  About how organized we are, or smart, or professional, or whatever…I am a strength geek, so I mostly thought about it in terms of the way a person expects their physical body to be.  To operate.  It occurs to me that in this time of “bio hacking” when I for one have realized that it IS possible to re-write, or over-write the program that says “I am overweight”, “I am in pain” “I wish I were in better shape”.  Re-write it to say “I am stronger with every practice session”, “I move freely and with strength and purpose”, ” I feel great”, “I am happy!” “I am strong”  Unlike my computer, your body has unlimited ability to upgrade and update your operating system.  You can choose to learn the skills of strength.  I hope so if you want it.  Re-writing our bodies’ operating systems can only be done one step at a time, one skill at a time.  Keep learning and keep swinging