Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Turkish Get-Up Workout

This may sound like blasphemy to my fellow RKCs... but I really don't like Turkish Get-ups.  Meaning I avoid them like the plague.  I know, I know, I probably shouldn't say this much less write it in my blog, but it's the truth and I'm trying to be honest and real with my blog.

The Turkish Get-Up, or TGU goes along with one of the RKC's mottos of "safety as a part of, not the opposite of, performance".  The TGU has been touted for its ability to increase shoulder stability and mobility while that very same exercise is also known to increase military pressing strength. I know how much weight (pardon the pun) my fellow RKC Comrades give it: when deciding which three exercises are most important and should be taught at the new one-day HKC certification, the Get-Up made the list. Anybody who's anybody in "the community" knows the importance of TGUs in a good kettlebell routine.

I just don't like to DO them.

I'm more of a ballistic girl.  I L-O-V-E swings and snatches. They are my go-to exercises and I have no trouble working them into my routine.

Come to think of it, I really like grinds as well- as long as they're HEAVY!  I'm all about maximum bang for my buck. If I do something slow, I want it to be so heavy I couldn't go fast if I tried. You can do heavy TGUs, but you have to put in the work with the light weights to get to that point.

It's easy to do what you love and what you're good at, but that doesn't make you a better person.  I want to be a better Turkish Get-Uper-er...

So, I'm going to do what I encourage my friends, family members, and clients to do all the time. Don't just practice what you love and what you're good at, practice the things you don't like and that need work! Hamilton Holt said, "Nothing worthwhile comes easy.  Work, continuous work, and hard work, is the only way to accomplish results that last." And that's what I promised my friend and fellow RKC, Josh Hillis I would do.  I'm working TGUs into my weekly routine. Gabby, you would be so proud!

My compromise for this week:
40-min of TGUs with a 12kg Kettlebell; broken up by 20 swings with 20kg Kettlebell every 5-minutes
It looked something like this:
- 5-min R/L Alternating Half Get-Ups; buzzer goes off
- 20 swings with 20kg kettlebell
- 5-min R/L Alternating Full Turkish Getups; buzzer goes off
- 20 swings with 20kg kettlebell
Repeat for 4 total rounds (40 total min)
I had to get my swings in and that was the "compromise" to myself.  Made for quite the workout!

I hope I don't offend anyone, namely Dr. Mark Cheng who came to my studio last year and taught an entire seminar on the Get-Up.  Or my RKC Team Leader Brett Jones who has multiple dvd's on the Get-Up.

My promise is that I will do at least one TGU workout every week.  Now that I'm posting for the world to see, I have to do it! Wish me luck!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Minnesota RKC April 15-17

Last month, I had the privilege of assisting Team Engum at the RKC in St. Paul.  It's not every day you get a chance to be a part of such a talented group of people. From Chief Instructor Pavel Tsatsouline and his amazing group of Team Leaders to each and every candidate, there were 130 people all in one place for one thing- the Russian Kettlebell Challenge.

Andrew Read, Jon Engum, & Val Hedlund

I was going to do a recap of the weekend but when I got home from the RKC, I unpacked my RKC suitcase and packed my vacation bag. Troy & I flew to Maui for my best high school friend's wedding and then we went to Kauai for 8 days for our honeymoon!  In the meantime, a couple friends and fellow RKC assistants posted blogs about their experience and I really could not have said it better myself. So, I'll let them tell you how it went!

Andrew Read from Dragon Door Australia


Josh Hillis from Denver (yep, right down the street from me and I had to go to Minnesota to meet him!)

Both guys write awesome blogs so you all should follow them!

Josh has a piece on my RKC team member, Jenni, who lost 65lbs with kettlebells.  She rocked it that weekend and this is a great interview by Josh.

All in all, it was an awesome weekend.  Met a ton of really great people I will always call my friends and tried to absorb everything I could from all of the great fitness and business minds that were there.

Thanks everyone for an awesome weekend!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Beautiful Day Workout on the Back Porch

I woke up to snow this morning... 

But two days ago, my husband and I did a workout on the back porch!

I think it worked well for a post-honeymoon workout.  I didn't get a strength workout for 10 days in Kauai- we did hike and run and kayak, but no strength.  I feel like I'm just getting back into it and felt like this workout was a good one.  

Check it out and let me know what you think!

It's a ladder workout - started at 10 reps each exercise and worked our way down to 1.  I think it took about 40 minutes.  I used the 16kg for the snatches and then moved to the 12kg for the lunges.