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Archive for August, 2012

The Following Is NOT About Kettlebells Or Exercising

It’s about life.  Or more directly, mine.

One thing I don’t think I do enough of is brag up my family.  My wife and kids.  Amazing.  And the put up with a lot of nonsense from me.  Isn’t that what dads and husbands are supposed to do… offer a household of nonsense? 🙂

I am married to an amazing gal.  My wife puts up with me being gone an awful lot.. between both gigs I’ve got going on it seems I’m hardly at home.  And when I am, my butt seems firmly planted in my recliner, well, reclined.

And I have two amazing kids.

My son will be 16 next week, has a shoe size about the same as his age and is roughly 6’2″.  I’ve been looking UP at him for some time now.  It’s just now I choose to admit it.  He’s heading into grade eleven and unsure what he wants to do following graduation.  That’s fair.  There’s a ton to choose from these days and the options seem limitless.  I think I’d have a challenge figuring out what I wanted to do if I was 16 in 2012.  Wow.  Whatever he chooses to do, he’ll be good at.  This I know.

My daughter is 18 and is now moving out.  She will be attending RDC Theatre Studies starting next week and moves into her dorm today.  She’s know this is what she’s wanted to do for a few years now.  Today is a big day for her.  And her parents for that matter.  A new chapter in her life and ours.

Last night I took her to the Monkey Top for a beverage and a chat.  Just kinda shot the breeze and shared some dry ribs.

I guess my wife and I, as parents, have done our job as well as can be expected. And I think my son is feeling a bit odd about it as well.  He’s helping her move in today and even showed a bit of affection towards his sister this morning.  In an odd way, to me, they seem fairly close.

Being a guy who deals with music, there are an awful lot of songs that relate to this situation, “There Goes My Life,” “Just Fishin’,” “The Best Day,” ” Drive,” and the list goes on and on.  I don’t care who you are, but when your daughter looks at you and says “I’m a grown up now, Daddy,” you’ll melt.

That beats any song.



Like It Or Not, Summer Is Nearing An End

Summer is drawing to a close… and that means in the not too distant future Park Bells will be wrapping up. For those of you that made time through your summer to join me for one, two or more classes, I sincerely thank you! Classes in Red Deer remain up in the air as I have no indoor location (at this point). So, we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks. They may move out of Red Deer completely.

Till then, here is the lowdown for September, assuming the weather co-operates and it doesn’t get too dark out! As it stands now there will be class at Johnstone Crossing Fitness Park at 7pm on the following days: August 28th and 30th, September 4th, 11th, and 13th. NO CLASS on September 6th. This, of course, is dependent upon weather. All classes are drop-ins and are $12.00.
Perhaps some sort of three hour seminar or workshop can be whipped up.  Again, thanks for hanging through the summer!

The Learning Never Ends – Part Two

In November I’m hoping to take part in an HKC (Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification) course.  If you are a beller or want to become one and want to teach others here’s the details for the event.

Now, in preparation for this course I need to focus on three things, the Goblet Squat, the Turkish Get Up and the Swing.  The Goblet Squat is new to me while I have been practicing the Swing and TGU on a regular basis for the last few years.  I’d like to think I’ve got a pretty good handle on these last two things.

But… (there’s always a but), it never hurts to get a qualified professional to look things over.  After all, it’s never easy to critique yourself.  So I did just that.  And you need to check your ego at the door.  If you wanna get better, you can’t be arrogant.

I took some videos of those three movements and passed them on to an RKC (Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification – they’re pretty high up and go through intense training to achieve this cert) after she graciously offered to take a peek at them.

I learned some things.  Lots of things.  It seems I have the “basics” down, but am not really implementing the things I seem to instruct in class.  And this was just on the Swing.  There are challenges on the TGU and the Goblet Squat.  The silly thing is a lot of the points I got busted on are points I promote in my classes.

So, I can’t wait to get these fixed, reviewed and with any luck attend the upcoming HKC in Sylvan Lake.  After all, if I am to continue to teach you, I’d better teach me.

Itchin’ To Get Back

Boy, it’s been AGES since I’ve been to the gym.  I just had to look back at my log… August 3rd.  That’s 14 days today and I don’t plan on going back till the 20th.  This is the longest time off from the gym I’ve taken (on purpose – not including injury) in a lot of years.

I’ve been busy with a bunch of things, and honestly, probably needed the extended break.  And frankly, I haven’t started to miss the training and practicing until a couple of days ago.  And because I am who I am, I will mostly likely do some stuff tomorrow, despite my plan to not do anything till Monday.

I want to get a few of my movements looked at and critiqued as I am planning on a certification in a few months and I want to make sure I am doing them well and with a bit of a head start.  This is likely what I’ll be working on tomorrow.

So, as I head into the fall, things are on the move, plans are in the works and the body will be getting prepped.  Yep, I’m itchin’.


I Ain’t No Dietician… but…

I get asked plenty of times about a proper diet.  And since I’m not a dietician, I can’t really give anyone specific diet advice.  I am allowed to recommend Canada’s Food Guide.  It’s a great place to start when it comes to eating well.

Sometimes, though, you gotta listen to your body.  I’ve returned from camping for the last few days and the food was less than stellar.  All sorts of inappropriate food and beverages.

This time, however, I have listened to my body.  And it’s telling me it’s not a fan of the food I’ve been shoving in my face for the last couple of days.  Right now my guts feel like a knot.  I feel gross with the general feeling of grossess (I can’t think of anything else to describe it.)

My body actually looked forward to the apples and the fresh veggies we took.  A limited supply, but had some none the less.

So, again, I ain’t no dietician, but putting good food into you can only make you feel good.  There’s a reason it’s called ‘junk’ food.

Will I eat like crap again? Ya.  But I think I’ll be more aware of how I feel after before it happens and try to curb the over indulgence.

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