Basic Movements for Daily Life

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A Day In Your Life

One day.  It’s 24 hours. It’s 1440 minutes.  That’s 86400 seconds.  (yes, I used a calculator).

Really, it’s a lot of time.  And one of the excuses I hear from people for why they don’t workout, train or practice is cause ‘I don’t have time.’

Yes you do.  You just need to manage the time a bit different.

So, let’s break down your standard 24 hour work day as such:

24 hours.  Let’s assume you get eight hours of sleep… ah, who am I kidding, who gets eight hours of sleep anymore?  Let’s got with a most generous seven.

So, you’re left with 17 hours. Let’s knock off another nine for work. That leaves you with eight.  Let’s take away an hour for travel. Boom, seven.  Now how about another hour, no let’s go with two, two hours for getting ready for work, breakfast and supper.  Lunch was included in the nine hour work day. So we’re down to five.  Then there’s always a few other odds and ends you need to deal with in everyday life, but you should be left with at least two or three hours of ‘me’ time.

Now, ask yourself what that ‘me’ time consists of?  Can you spare some of that time getting active?  Moving around?  Probably.

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never.’ – Martin Luther


Everything On the Internet is True

Okay, maybe not.. I tend to say that at times when I’m on the air at KG Country in a sarcastic tone.  Why?  Because NOT everything on the internet is true.  Or valid.  Or real.  Or safe.

Now, I want to make something abundantly clear here.  I continue to learn on a regular basis everything I can about proper technique for kettlebells.  It is a constant process of learning, relearning, trying new things and listening and reading from those that are far more experienced than I am.  And ya, I’ll view Youtube videos, read forums and blogs and get a bit of education that way.

However, I have an advantage.  I have taken a couple of kettlebell certification courses, so I can kinda spot when one of the above mentioned sources is full of crap or really doesn’t know what the hell they are doing.

Case in point, the following:

Oh. My. God.  Seriously?  Are you kidding me?  And for crying out loud, it’s a kettlebell… just a ‘kettlebell’ not a “kettlebell fitness accessory.”  It’s as bad as the informercial I watched where the fella called Windmills ‘Disco Side Bends.”  Ugh.

Anyway…. back on track…

What bothers me is that to someone who has never lifted a kettlebell before or is looking up  information about how to use one might stumble upon this.  That’s what scares me.  I watch this and cringe.

Want to see what a REAL kettlebell clean and press looks like?  Here:

I could spend and extended period of time discussing the differences between the two, but if you watch them both, you can probably figure them out on your own.

I cannot express enough the importance of finding someone who is certified.  That’s not to say everyone who is certified knows what they are talking about.  But, that’s likely a discussion for another day.

The internet is a valuable tool.  If I didn’t feel it was I wouldn’t have this blog or a Facebook account trying to promote my teaching.  The sad part is you sometime have to sift through a lot of chaff to get the wheat.

Want to get some proper technique and pointed in the right direction?  Drop me a line.


Man, I Feel Fat

First, let me say, I am NOT a fan of that word.  Fat.  It’s demeaning, degrading and if you’re looking for a word to make someone feel like garbage, there it is. FAT. Say it out loud.  At times, an awful sounding word.

Next, since I’ve not been working out for nearly two weeks with really no return in sight, it’s how I feel.  I’m not, though, but it’s my state of mind and I’m letting most foods that I normally wouldn’t eat cross my lips.


Probably because I’m thinking “I’m not going to the gym anyway, why not?”

That’s pretty stupid.

We’re told over and over again that diet and proper eating is anywhere from 80-90% of dropping body fat.  If that’s the case, then, even though I’m not going to the gym, I should still be eating healthy.

I know I should, but it’s all in my head.  And because I’m not in the gym at this moment, I should be paying more attention to my diet than I currently am or than I normally do when I am training.

In the morning, I’ll step on the scale, get angry for a bit, and then move on and try to get through the day eating well.

Bring it.

Man, I can’t wait to get back to the gym.

The Joy of Movement

Holy crap.  OMG.  Or whatever the kids say these days.

I know I’ve posted in the past about taking a healthy/fit body for granted, but after the past week and a half or so I have never believed it more.  Wow.

Now, I’m nowhere near ready to start swinging a kettlebell yet.  Things still hurt and that last thing I want to do is get hurt again, but holy cow.  Moving is such a wonderful thing!

I’m standing much more vertical now than I was two or three days ago, I’m moving around much better and I seem to be able to stand for longer periods of time.

This is a big deal to me people!

This little challenge has made me realize the last thing I want is to be dependent.  I at least want to prevent that from happening for as long as possible.

There’s still some work ahead, but man, I was happy as a clam this morning after treatment.  And I know I can’t wait to get back to the bells.

“The way people move is their autobiography in motion.” – Gerry Spence