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Certified by Dan John in Kettlebell Training

 

 

I’m currently sitting in the parking lot, two hours early for my RKC certification, where one of the greatest Olympic coaches and (at 58 years old) is twice as strong as anyone else in the room. He’s also a Fulbright scholar, as well as the friendliest and warmest and funniest person you could possibly meet.

Ladies and Gentlemen I Give You – Russian Kettlebell Club Master; Dan John

Dan spearheads a side to this industry that doesn’t want you to join fads, and doesn’t care if you look like everyone else. At Workout4Results we’re following Dan’s example. We are not taking short cuts to make more money by touting quick fixes to the public.

We’ve taken the time to do things right, and to learn how to coach properly, for the long haul. We are here to help you get better; and we’re very patient. We’re here to help you develop a healthy relationship with your body, and reap the benefits throughout your entire lifetime, not just for a short season.

Flash forward 24 hours…

One of the biggest things I’m taking home this weekend from RKC 1 Kettlebell certification in San Jose is was something Dan John asked “Will your current fitness regimen benefit you 20 years from now?”

This is really essential, because for most folks I coach, the answer up to now has been “no”.

In fact, people often come to see me because they’ve been hurt doing something they thought would lift them up, but that eventually tore them down. Don’t fall into this trap!

What is a correct strength training programme?

A correct training routine is a patient, rather than a hurried process. Such is the nature of strength… Strength is patient.

 

 

February 20, 2016

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Just Do It

Get in here, do this, look like that. Shush with your excuses.

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The Rock strength training with kettlebells

The Highest Paid Actors Use Kettlebells

Here’s a list of actors who make between  $10,000,000 to $100,000,000 per year, that salary directly dependent on their physique. Their strength training exercise tool of choice is the kettlebell.

Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson

Jessica Biel

Frank Miller (300)

Heidi Montag

Penelope Cruz

Katherine Heigl

Matthew McConaughey

Jennifer Aniston

Vanesa Hudgens

Angelina Jolie

Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser)

Sylvester Stallone

Jennifer Lopez

Kim Basinger

~Then you have the Special Forces, the Secret Service, and some of the world’s top athletes……go figure ~

To learn kettlebells from the ground up in RKC fashion from a Certified Instructor, check out Dan’s Kettlebell Club in Alameda, CA.  I’m fully equipt, with a great Studio, and have the largest set of kettlebells in the greater Oakland/Berkeley/Eastbay area.  Train unlimited for $200/mo.   


By Dan Piper, CPT, RKC, FMS,  Workout4Results.com

Strength Training at Dan’s Barbell and Kettlebell Club, Alameda, CA

Self Potentiation and Strength

“Strength is more important than anything you face in life – it’s literally tied to how many paces you will be take…it’s directly tied to how far you will go, you’re degree of self-potentiation, and what you can and will achieve.”

Dan Piper, CPT, FMS, HKC, Dan’s Kettlebell Club, Alameda Athletic Club, Workout4Results.com

 

 

isolation or athleticism for strength training

Isolation VS Athleticism

 

Isolating muscles leads to imbalances, poor body mechanics and injuries.  Most folks dedicate most of their time in the gym to creating these imbalances without even knowing it.  Isolation is executed by folks who are there for improving their looks, not for those who are developing athletic strength.  Changing your focus away from your image, and gearing more towards strength training and health are surefire ways to avoid confusion in your protocols.

Examples of Isolation, and how to change it up:

Bench Press – While a great exercise, most overdo it.  Pressing too much makes your chest tight, pulling your shoulders into a forward slump.  This affects your body mechanics, and will cause you to be injured during another type of lift, most likely a press or a pull.  I’m still a fan of building up your chest – just don’t make it 2-3x stronger than your core, lower back, glutes and legs can support – Do push ups in volume, wheelbarrows, and kettlebell military presses instead.

Curls – Curls are for looks only.  If you want to get truly strong, go in with a buddy and play some tug of war with the battle rope.  Or you could try some bent over rows – challenging your core, back and legs while pulling – Now that’s an ATHLETIC  pull – and you’ll be the real deal compared to the scissy who craves your attention to their fat biceps.  Think about it some – when in life is weight ever held out in front of us like it is during the classic curl?  Answer – NEVER.  Practice like you play –

Back Squat/Machine Squat – These are great exercises for your quads, back, and hips – also great for expanding lung capacity and for your heart.  But most folks erroneously believe that this builds the entire lower body, but are stuck with a weak butt, hamstrings and back after years of squatting!  Balance out your routine with some barbell and kettlebell deadlifts (there are many variations).  The Deadlift is the the #1 most powerful human movement, the #1 builder of your posterior chain (butt, hamstrings, shoulders, trapezius and back), as well as the proven #1 fat burning resistance exercise that exists.

 


 

By Dan Piper, CPT, RKC, FMS,  Workout4Results.com

Strength Training at Dan’s Barbell and Kettlebell Club, Alameda, CA