Basic Movements for Daily Life

A Weekend Full of Learning

Wow… what a weekend!

On Saturday I had the privilege of hosting an HKC class.  That is Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification.  It teaches students three basic movements when it comes to kettlebell training, the Swing, the Turkish Get Up and the Goblet Squat.  It allows us to teach those three movements to others.

Franz Snideman came up from his facility in San Diego, Revolution Fitness, to instruct us.  I cannot say enough good things about this man.  He is passionate about fitness and movement and shows. Big Time.

The day started with an entrance exam.  For men, five pull ups or chin ups and for women a fifteen second flexed arm hang or five pull ups or chin ups.  There were eight of us and we all made it.

From there it was the most basic kettlebell movement next.  The Swing.  I would say it was about two and a half to three hours before we actually started swinging a bell.  We went over a lot of mechanics to ensure each of us knew how to move with it.  I did a lot of relearning and readjusting and refocusing on the swing.  It shows, I’m sore today.  (I write this Monday morning and we did the class on Saturday).  It’s hard to critique your own movements, so getting another hands on look at it for me was important.

We started talking about the Swing around 10:00am or so and were done with it around 2:00pm.  Basic movement, lots to learn.

Following a break we did some Primal Move stuff (which I’m crazy excited about) and then onto the Turkish Get Up and Goblet Squat.  Two more great movements to add to a practice routine.  Then testing and done.

A full day of learning.. not only physically demanding (although not as much volume as I thought we might get – still, we did a ton of swings), but mentally demanding.  There was a lot to go over and I hope I can remember even a tenth of it.

Full points to Franz for coming from 80F temperatures to about 25F temperatures!  It was a great class with great people from all over. Participants from St. Albert, Brooks, Victoria, B.C. and Central Alberta.

Would I recommend this to a non-trainer type?  Yep.  Anyone who wants to truly understand these moves, even if you’re not teaching would be interested in this class.

Simply amazing.  I hope to be able to bring the enthusiasm to my classes!


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