Many people have asked about the, and one of my clients is planning on getting her soon. While I know a lot of people who participated in the program, I haven't, and I feel like I've really missed out. Since I can't fill in the details of what you may experience if you attend an workshop, newly certified , was kind enough to write an account of his very recent experience. Also note that Zac was able to train for this intense worshop from essentially a "remote" location, far away from any other or certified instructors. He used sheer will, creativity, some driving, and technology to make up the difference. I would encourage you to do the same, even though nothing replaces one on one live coaching, don't let your location stop you. Zac is in the 2nd row, wearing the red shirt in the picture below - I'm sure you all see some familiar faces in this photo! Without further babbling from me, please enjoy Zac's journey!
weekend in Ft. Collins, Colorado, November 2011
Guest Spotlight: TheExperience
My journey to thebegan in February 2011, when I (a newly minted personal ) started looking into these strange 'kettleballs' as a way to separate myself from the pack and find my niche in the fitness world. The more I researched, the more the name kept showing up, so I switched my focus to researching this 'Evil Russian' defector. I admit to getting sucked in by him, his promise of 'hacking the fat off your meat without the dishonor of aerobics' spoke to me and told me exactly what I wanted to hear. This was my original introduction to the . I thought, “That's what I want to do, and what I want to be when I grow up.” But as an out of shape, washed up former athlete, and 25 year old weakling, I was intimidated by the requirements for the . Living in Great Falls, Montana, I didn't really have much access to quality coaching. So my dream of status seemed to be a pipe dream. But as I continued my research, I stumbled across this Hardstyle Certification, and it seemed achievable, and so after exchanging a few e-mails with your favorite Girya Girl (and mine) Adrienne , I decided to go for it and I started looking for one in my area to attend. I told my best friend and fellow about it (who I'd introduced to a few months ago). We decided on the Ft. Collins taught by some guy named Franz Snideman. We finalized our plans in July and signed up in August. It was on!!!
With the extra months we had to prepare, we watched countless Youtube videos and even traveled to hit a couple of sessions with some K.A.T. kettlebell juggling mastermind Gus Petersen, Heather , Shari Wagner, and ). There were actually more instructors in attendance than candidates.in our area (in Montana speak that means within 200 miles). We even got in touch with Franz Snideman and Aaron , who were sponsoring the event, and sent some videos to them for critique. So fast forward to November, and here we are in Ft. Collins sitting outside the gym waiting for our event to start. We finally got to meet Aaron and this 'guy named Franz' in person, and that right there would've been worth the trip. They both were such genuine, insightful people and quality instructors. After filling out a little bit of paperwork, introducing ourselves to the other participants and the other (which, not to name drop, included a pretty prestigious group, such as recent Iron Maiden Val , Josh Hillis of System Six Fat Loss fame,
We began with the strength test: 5 pullups/chinups for guys. I can't remember feeling so light, between the adrenaline and my desire to impress I felt as if I could have done them one handed (probably not, guess we'll never know). After that was done, we did some mobility complexes, fast and loose drills, then proceeded to spend the next 4 hours talking about, drilling, practicing, and perfecting the swing. After all the practice, and training I'd done to be ready for the swing, I ended up spending every second of those four hours relearning the swing, and instilling some good habits and at the end of the day ended up with a much more powerful swing. This is where having all thosewas awesome, I went from having coaching and instructing, to having Val in my ear, and then getting tag teamed by Franz and Aaron, eventually my friend and I became joined at the hip with Gus, who we both love working with. With all those those different perspectives and personalities and coaching styles, I was just blown away by the entire thing, but never once did I feel overwhelmed or overloaded with new information. It was just some great teaching and an opportunity to learn from some straight up elite . We went out for a quick lunch, hammering our food down so we would get back in plenty of time for the second half of the day. We got back so early in fact we had lots of free time on our hands, and you know what they say about idle hands... Even though the is only about the swing, TGU, and squat, we practiced some snatches, pressed and , actually I failed at the latter, and climbed around on some ropes they had hanging from the ceiling. Not a very good recovery plan, I know.
It was amazing to see the otherquizzing Franz, because he had tips, tricks, advice, and answers to everything. He is a giant in the fitness world, and I have so much respect for the man. After lunch, some demonstrations and a group picture we dove into the Turkish . Although its one of my favorite workouts, I'd struggled some with the form. But after a few shoulder packing drills, LOTS of reps, and some tough love, it improved a ton. Still working on it though, and interestingly enough, when it came time for us to get tested on our coaching, I got to coach the , more on that later.
After theand a short break, and some more showing off on the ropes and messing around with these funky 2.5 lb weight magnets that Josh Hillis brought to add weight to , we got started on the squats. We used the squat as both a and a strength exercise, pretty simple, but not easy. We did lots and lots and lots of squats. I was getting pretty tired at this point and ready to move on to the testing.
Finally it was time to test. After a quick workout with Aaron, we started with the coaching. Like I said I got assigned theand I feel like I hit it out of the park. I ignored the fact that there were all these eyes on me and just treated it like it was just me and my buddy working out. I spoke with authority, like I actually knew what I was talking about, using the same cues Aaron and Franz used with me earlier. I even threw in a little bit of my goofy humor(if nothing else, it kept me loose) and I felt really good about how it went afterward.
Next was technique testing on all 3 exercises, I was like ball of energy waiting for my turn, bouncing off the walls, doing fast and loose drills, acting like a rowdy 3 year old. I was less than impressed with my technique, and knew exactly what I'd done wrong without Franz and Aaron having to tell me afterwards. I dunno if it was fatigue or just my bad habits creeping back in, but it was good to talk it over with Franz and Aaron after the fact, when they were giving me the news that I'd passed. It was a great relief at the end of the day to walk out of there with all the new experiences, making all those friends, feeling like a part of the/ , and having my certification to show for it.
Theis a stepping stone, a smaller goal leading to a larger goal, which now, not only seems achievable, but inevitable. Now I have the blueprint for success, some first rate coaching, and all of that support. I'm a new little brother to an amazing fitness family.
Now that I'm an, is the next step, so for me the is a stepping stone, a smaller goal leading to a larger goal, which now, not only seems achievable, but inevitable. Now I have the blueprint for success, some first rate coaching, and all of that support. I'm a new little brother to an amazing fitness family. Now I could be content with my new found status as an and remain the little brother, and that would be totally fine if someone wanted to do that, that is something worth aspiring to, but for me, I'm using the as a launch pad to bigger things.