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Archive for February, 2013

Pain, Help, and More Classes

A bit of an update here for ya.   I had the I.M.S. treatment yesterday.  As I said to a few people, I’ve had less painful ways of starting a day.  It’s an interesting technique which involves acupuncture needles and, well, patience.  This isn’t going to fix itself overnight, that’s for sure.  In fact, I’m back again on Friday.

The work involved sticking the needles in, moving them around a bit, then leaving me alone with them in there for about ten minutes.  The next step involved taking a new needle and ‘pistoning’ it in my glute and hip.  Just imagine what that is and you’re probably correct.  There was a lot of twitching going on.

In a weird way, it was painful, but I felt relief.  I hope this helps.  Through the day pain developed and I was exhausted.  Pretty damned tired I was.  Wow.

Now, as for more classes, a new round of Bentley Bells is coming up.  The dates are still tentative until I get 100% confirmation from the Bentley School.

They start on March 5th and will run for twelve classes,  however, there is a date challenge.  Easter Break falls in the middle of it (March 25th week) and then the Allan Cup (April 15th week).. so, the dates would be as follows:

March 5th, 7th, 12th, 14th, 19th and 21st.  Then April 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 23rd and 25th.

Cost again is $120 for the twelve classes.

Also, a heads up, there is a FREE class on February 19th at 7pm in the Bentley Elementary School Gymnasium.  Bring a friend if you’d like.  We’ll start around 7pm and may run a little longer than an hour.

If you are interested, email me at



Consistently Inconsistent

Consistently inconsistent.  It seems self explanatory, but at times I need to explain consistency when it comes to fitness and well being.

Honestly, you cannot expect to see changes by training or practicing once a week.  OR going five times over a week, then taking a two weeks off every three.  I’m sorry I’m the one who has to break it to you, but it’s true.

Picture your fitness journey as though it were the stock market.  You make your initial investment (healthy eating and a fitness regime) and continue to make those deposits on a regular basis by working out and eating healthy.  That is the start of the first peak.

Just as in the stock market, valleys show up once in a while.  An injury, holidays, life, you know, the regular stuff are those valleys.  Take care of that situation, then start another peak.  Get back on the ol’ stock market wagon and start reinvesting.

What you want to see is continual growth with the odd valley here and there but a steady climb up.

I’ve bumped into people who have claimed to be ‘consistent‘ which actually turns out to be the opposite after I’ve spoken with them.

Sporadic investing your health won’t do you much good.  Trust me, consistency is the way to go if you want to see a return on your investment.

“We first make our habits. Then, our habits make us.” –John Dryden

Broken? Again?


It seems just as I get a head of steam going, something silly happens and I get injured.

Yep, I was rescuing a small child from a burning building.  Ya, that’s it.  That’s exactly what I was doing.

Well, that’s a blatant lie.  The truth of the matter is, I don’t even know what I did.

What I do know is it seems my sacroiliac joint is not pleased with something I did.  My guess is this is still from a year ago when I hobbled out of the gym and then dealt with the worst pain I have ever experienced.

Physio, chiro, Graston, A.R.T. have all helped but haven’t cured the issue.

I’m gonna try something new.  I.M.S.  Intra Muscular Stimulation.  I was told recently it’s like getting a massage with a needle.  Well, that doesn’t sound fun at all.  But apparently it works and works well.

Tuesday is the big day.  If this blog suddenly goes dead, you’ll have an idea why.

I read a great quote today: “It is easier to build strong children then to repair broken men” ~ Frederick Douglass

As I re-read this quote, I wonder how much of the struggles I’m having with my hip and low back stemmed from years of inactivity.

In high school I was lean.  We worked hard in phys ed.  Seriously.  Stuff that seemed ridiculous at the time, but looking back now was amazing.  And most of it was bodyweight stuff.  I don’t remember using a single piece of machinery.  Not one.  I was in such good shape I had a six pack!

After high school I became pretty inactive and, well, not in very good shape at all.  For years in fact.  Close to twenty.  I’d like a do over.

Trying to tell a teenager how important their health is and they should start taking care of it now is like smacking your head against a brick wall.

My suggestion, as a parent, lead by example.  Sooner or later (hopefully sooner) they’ll catch on and see the importance.  Because truly it is easier to become strong young and stay strong old instead of trying to get repaired every six months.

I’ll let ya know how the IMS goes.

The Versatility of the Kettlebell

Every so often I run into someone who claims kettlebells are a fad.  Well, not really.  They have been around for hundreds of years in one capacity or another.  They are maybe at the crest of a wave right now, but really, I don’t think they’ll ever go away completely.  Tae-bo was a fad.  Just look in the bargain bin.

Every so often I run into someone who claims kettlebells aren’t as good as barbells and dumbbells.  Well, maybe not.  That’s why there are barbells and dumbbells. Pretty tough to squat six hundred pounds with a kettlebell.

The mentality that one method is better than another drives me nuts.  “There is more than one way to skin a cat.”

In fact, someone once posted on something I had written “I have never picked up a kettlebell and I never will.”  Okay, that’s fine.  It, however, does not mean your method is better than mine.  Just different based on our individual goals.

If you’ve ever attended one of my classes I have mentioned on numerous occasions that combining kettlebells with bar work will give you an amazing workout.  Base the sessions on your goals and BAM, you’ll be crazy strong and fit.

One of the great benefits of the kettlebell is it’s versatility.  You can fit them in your car’s trunk (difficult to do with an Olympic bar), you can kill a practice session in a hotel room with one or two bells.  The options are endless.

And so, it seems, are the movements:

Movements with a kettlebell seem to only be limited by your imagination.

Incorporate this with some bar work and you’ll be kicking donkey (my way of saying a$$) in no time.

Whatever tool you choose to use, use it well and wisely.  If it stops working, try something else or change things up a bit.

Variety is the spice of life!