Rachel Cosgrove recently received the coveted I.D.E.A. Personal Trainer of the year award (2012) and has helped so many people make healthy lifestyle changes. We had the chance to talk a little on the final day of the San Diego RKC Workshop, where she passed and became an RKC. She shared some of the recent great success that her team at Results Fitness has had after attending an HKC. At Results Fitness, they use the FMS as well, so it will be really cool to see how their use of kettlebell training continues to evolve with their facility. Check out the full interview with Rachel Cosgrove on DragonDoor.com.
Also – with the slightly less brutal weather here in Florida, we’ve all been enjoying outdoor workouts that much more. Today I spent some time with friends in the park – we brought along (hurrah for trucks) the following: 16kg, 24kg, and 32kg kettlebells, a 4″ 10 foot sloshpipe, a Stronger Grip mace, and a Battling Rope. And of course PLENTY of water. I knew we would be doing some interesting stuff, so I added in some sweet potato home fries with my spinach and feta omelet this morning. (Small julienne slices of white sweet potato with salt and pepper pan fried in a generous amount of coconut oil approach divine when extra crispy. That’s the new peppermill on the left there. Full review for it later, the short answer is, very happy with it.) Anyhow – fun was had with a number of things – “team carry” as in – carry it as long as you can and then someone else will carry it with the sloshpipe to set destinations (which involved turning around, which apparently I can’t do with the big sloshpipe just yet, HAHA). We also reviewed technical points of the swing, hip hinge etc. One of the guys was really interested in abdominal training – which was intrinsically hit with literally everything we were doing, plus he tried the Battling Rope for the first time – pretty sure he wants to have one at home now. And of course kettlebell swings are always intense for the abs plus the rotational fun that is mace swinging. It’s so funny how much of a “workout” you can get by getting together with friends in a park on a nice day with each person bringing along a “toy” of some variety. We were out there for a long time, just having a blast – the time flew and wow was I ready for lunch. You might remember this feeling from the playground!
It’s easy to make a fun and challenging workout with friends in a park, with just bodyweight exercises or kettlebells. We love to add in the extras too – but we could have had as much fun without them too. Always check out the area for holes, big anthills, etc. first before carrying anything heavy/awkward etc. And don’t do what I did – which was to do a get up right in the middle of big dirt patch – right next to a whole lot of nice grass (I was so concerned about dog poo or ants, that I didn’t consider just the dirt factor) I’m sure everyone got a good laugh at me in the grocery store at least.
Speaking of groceries, I promptly came home, ate a ton of scallops pan seared in coconut oil with a side of guacamole (click there for 2 recipes)… no need for chips, just a spoon, thanks! 🙂