October 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Claire!

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Here is Claire riding THE PAIN TRAIN at ____years of age, pressing a 35lb kettlebell.

Yes, it is Halloween. She will be dressing up as Barry Manilow.

It has been my pleasure to work with Claire since Dec. 2007. Have fun tonight.

Oh yeah….fiesta on!

October 13, 2009

Today’s Workout 101309

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Today’s workout:

(Workout provided for educational purposes only, NOT as a recommendation. Check with a doctor prior to beginning any exercise program, and never attempt a kettlebell exercise or workout without certified instruction.)


Turkish Getups 5 x per side.


Take two large kettlebells. Place them 100 yards apart.

Set a timer for 15 minutes.

Jog to the first kettlebell. Do 10 swings, immediately jog to the next kettlebell. Do 10 swings. Round #1 done.

See how many rounds you can complete in 15 minutes.

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October 4, 2009

5,000 Snatches in 5 Weeks

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5,000 Kettlebell Snatches in 5 weeks started Oct. 1st.

Last year., I found some website that issued a 5,000-snatch challenge in 5 weeks. I can’t remember the website, or I would surely attribute this challenge to it (If it was yours, please drop me a line, and I’ll give credit where it’s due).

Well, I jumped in and did it. I learned a lot about hand care, and got a lot more efficient in my technique. I still have a long way to go, so I decided to repeat the same thing this year.

Yes, it is kinda boring, but on nights like tonight – when I really didn’t feel like working out – it sure is a good motivator.

There are a few others taking part this year, after I posted my undertaking on Facebook. Kerri at High Altitude Fitness ( is on board and so is Sue from Portland’s Elite Kettlebell Gym (

If I didn’t extend an invitation to you to take part in the challenge, don’t feel hurt. I don’t advise it. And if I’m training you, I don’t want you to put the wear on your hands that could take away from your other workouts.

I also think there are more productive things you could probably be doing. I think the same thing with swings might be more beneficial, or perhaps Turkish Getups (more on that later).

But, last year it was snatches, so this year it will be as well, for me.

My goal this year is to be able to do the entire 200 with a 24kg without setting the bell down once, and do at least 100 reps with only one hand switch.

So, drop me a line, ask what rep I’m on and hold me accountable!

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