Category Archives: Health

Kettlebells can save lives

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Jerry Gray, at 73 years old, is an inspiration to those of us that aspire to stay strong and fit throughout our entire life. In addition to a daily routine of walking his dog, bodyweight exercise, and weightlifting, Jerry competes in Kettlebell Sport. At his last competition, the IKFF Chicago Classic, Jerry completed 162 reps in 10 min 16kg Snatch and 69 reps in 5 min 20kg Snatch.
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Get more movement in your day with a 5-minute flow

My whole day feels better if I start it off with movement – any kind of movement. A couple weeks ago I came across Max Shank’s 5-minute flow idea and thought it looked fun. Essentially the idea is you take five minutes at the start of your day (or whenever you have time) and move in anyway that feels good to you: stretch, yoga poses, neck rolls, mobility drills, exercises, etc.

I been incorporating these flows more and more into my daily routine and I challenge you to join me in taking a few minutes each day to move and feel your body!

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The Basic Principle that Guarantees A Breakthrough

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During my Snatch training set tonight, I had a breakthrough. I’m not going into the exact details of what it was – just a nuance of technique – but afterward I felt happy, energized, and motivated to train even harder in the days to come.

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Before You Lift Those Kettlebells, Try This…

Double Arm Jerk and Double Arm Long Cycle are challenging events in and of themselves, requiring an immense amount of strength-endurance and shoulder stability. Arguably the most important aspect of safely and effectively lifting double bells for long sets is having the proper mobility and flexibility – in the shoulders, back, and legs. Without these qualities, the rack and overhead positions will not give you the rest needed to endure.

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The Evils of TRANS FAT!

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In high school, I was known as the girl who deplored trans fat. I told anyone and everyone who would listen about the dangers of hydrogenated oils – that your body can’t process them, and thus they cause blockages and ultimately lead to heart disease (which happens to be the #1 killer in America). As valedictorian, I gave a speech at graduation where I ended with the following piece of advice: “Don’t eat trans fat. It clogs your arteries and causes heart disease.”

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Reach Your Weight Loss Goals with Eat Smart Restart

While my 14-day Eat Smart Restart nutrition program does not focus on weight loss, my clients have been finding it’s a nice side effect of eating smart. By eliminating processed foods and high levels of sugar intake, anywhere from 5-10 lbs of weight loss is possible over the two weeks of Eat Smart Restart.

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“After completing the Eat Smart Restart program and following the food guidelines exactly, my energy levels increased and I even felt more energized while working out. My sugar cravings diminished and I lost 8 lbs from start to finish! I’m continuing to eat with the same guidelines even after the two weeks are up.”

– Lauren S.

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