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  • Kettlebells and Battling Ropes

    Posted by Shannon / on 04/20/2009 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Functional Fitness/Bodyweight, Fitness of Athletes


    Yes, I said kettlebells and battling ropes! This is a great combination of strength, endurance, flexibility, and fat burning!

    As a kettlebell teacher I am biased when it comes to kettlebells.  Once I tried the battling ropes system created by John Brookfield I was hooked! A lot of clients hate the circuit with kettlebells and ropes but love the results! There are various sizes ranging from 25' to 100'.  It helps elite athletes to the deconditioned person because you control the system it does not control you! 

    The various exercises that can be done with the ropes gives you a ..

  • What is a fitness lifestyle?

    Posted by Shannon / on 01/01/2009 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Functional Fitness/Bodyweight

    What is a fitness lifestyle? A simple yet overlooked question. Many of us are extremely fit or extremely deconditioned. I believe the optimal fitness levels lie within each one of us.

    Some of us are bodybuilders, athletes, fitness enthusiasts, etc. This group recognizes the outcome of being in shape or not in shape. In many cases this group's paycheck, self-identity, or pecking order in life depends on fitness. Well, what if this group's fitness levels were taken away?

    On the other hand, some of us are obese, have serious health problems, and are just average people. This group also recognizes the ..

  • Monkey Bar Gymnasium

    Posted by Shannon / on 11/16/2008 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Functional Fitness/Bodyweight

    Yes, I know the title seems like a place for kids.  Well, it is far from that!  I participated in a Level I Certified Natural Trainer course in Washington, DC hosted by Capitol Hill Cross Fit two weekends ago.  It was certainly enlightening.  I thought I could learn a few things and share with my clients about bodyweight exercises.  I got more than that!

    Jon Hinds created the Monkey bar Gymnasium several years ago to fill a void in the fitness industry that was not addressing alignment and stability with enough emphasis.  He and his staff from Madison, Wisconsin came down ..

  • Yoga Once a Week

    Posted by Shannon / on 10/24/2008 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Yoga

    I signed up for a yoga class two weeks ago at Ananda (state of bliss) Shala ( special place of learning).  A friend of mine is an instructor there and she said go ahead you can do the advance level 2/3 class.  Wow, the Vinyasa (life energy force) based class was very challenging! 

    Being an athlete, the class really centered me and helped me loosen up my hips and shoulder complex.  The class was extra warm so sweat is taken to a new level!  As I took deep abdominal breaths the music was rythmic with my heartbeat.  It allowed me ..

  • Why Kettlebells?

    Posted by Shannon / on 10/20/2008 / 0 Comments

    Categories: Kettlebells

    Kettlebells are the equipment used in a Russian based sport called girevoy.  The sport is comprised of different lifts and different weights of kettlebells.  The snatch and jerk are the two most popular movements for the sport.  There are traditional movements and long cycle movements.

    I believe incorporating kettlebells into your fitness regimen will give you strength, endurance, and range of motion like you have not experienced before.  The idea of using your entire body for the lifts allows all your bodyparts to work synergistically.  This can enhance your athletic ability, help you lose weight, and take your fitness level to ..


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