Kettlebell Athletics Certification and Advanced Seminar

Jason C. Brown from Kettlebell Athletics and I have been going back and forth for months now trying to figure out when we can host the next Kettlebell Certification. Both of our schedules are so hectic that this has been quite the process.

Remind me and I’ll tell you a funny and slightly embarrassing story about how he made me look like a fool when we first met at the end of this post.  Oh yeah, focus. Back at it then.

For those of you that are not in the know, JCB is one of the foremost kettlebell training experts in the world and he travels all over teaching professionals how to best use kettlebells in their programming.  The picture below is from the certification we hosted in 2010 and the people hanging on his every word traveled from all over the east coast and Canada just to spend 2 days learning from him.

Well, your wait is over.  JCB is coming to FIT to host the Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 Certification for Fitness Professionals on Saturday April 14th 2012.  He will also be here Sunday the 15th to facilitate Advanced Kettlebell Applications for Power & Sport.

The Level 1 certification is for Fitness Professionals and those looking to learn how to properly instruct others in kettlebell work.  The advanced Seminar is for anyone that is competent in basic kettlebell work and looking to take their training to the next level (all fit members should seriously consider participating in this seminar).

If you are interested in attending both events, you can get info on a discounted rate at the bottom of this page.

There are so many people trying to cash in on the “cool new fad” of kettlebell training these days.  For me, if someone promotes kettlebells in that manner then it immediately throws up a red flag.  Kettlebells are not new, so why listen to someone who just recently become aware of them? Bogus.

I prefer to learn from established veterans who have practical experience with what they teach.  JCB is a practicing Judo and BJJ player and has coached some of the best grapplers in the world toward better sport specific fitness.

If you want to get a huge head start I highly recommend you check out Kettlebell Training  for BJJ 2.0.  This is an amazing compilation of information that has had a huge impact on my programming and I know it will do the same for you.

Ok, as promised I will tell you how JCB punked me when we first met. Some of you may know that my Portuguese is not top notch and that Vanessa is not enthused with that fact.  Guilty as charged.

So we are in Louisville for a conference and went out to diner as a big group after the first day.  We are surrounded by some of the biggest names in the fitness game.  Zach Even-Esh is to my left as full of energy as you would expect and this much more reserved dude I didn’t know but who seemed integral to the goings-on was seated right across from us.

All of a sudden he realized Vanessa had a strong accent and he begins speaking fluent Portuguese to her!  WTF, this dude is kinda pissing me off! I’m already in the dog house for not studying and he goes and rubs it in.

Come to find out the dude I didn’t know is apparently who I have unknowingly been basing my life goals upon.  This is actually kind of freaky how many similarities I found as I got to know him better.

He is married to a Brazilian, has the same degree as me, loves pit bulls, plays judo and jiu-jitsu, owns a gym, travels around the world teaching and coaching, has a bunch of websites…you get the picture.  I have basically been copying a dude I don’t know.  He is cooler than me and to top it all off speaks fluent Portuguese.  What an ASSHOLE!!!!

Just kidding.  He’s such an asshole that we had him stay at our house when he came up for the last cert.  I’m sure most of you have no clue what brigadeiro is, (A Brazilian dessert made with condensed milk, chocolate powder and butter) but JCB sure does.  Vanessa made him some and this picture is of him eating it for BREAKFAST!  Naughty boy!

Ok, now you know that JCB is cooler than I am so check out Kettlebell Training  for BJJ 2.0 and let me know what you think.

If you are interested in Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 Certification for Fitness Professionals or the Advanced Kettlebell Applications for Power & Sport seminar, please click the above links.  If you are interested in attending both days JCB has been generous enough to offer a discounted rate.  Please visit this link and scroll to the bottom of this page to access it.

Directions:

Fun Intelligent Training

30 Henniker St #8

Concord, NH 03301

Lodging:

Comfort Inn

Fairfield Inn

Best Western

Full list of local lodging

 

The Human Body is Capable of Amazing Transformations

Many of you have seen Jay around the FIT Academy at one time or another, and if you haven’t you have definitely seen his work as he is also my graphic designer.

I have known Jay since we were in middle school and have been training him for years now.  He is a sponge…always trying to learn and improve.

This first video was shot a looong time ago.  As you can see there was no FIT Academy at this point.

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The video above shows him at 155-160 pounds if I recall, and Jay is most comfortable around that weight give-or-take.  At that weight he doesn’t have to do anything extreme with his training or nutrition and is still very strong and has great endurance.

The reason for this post is to show you an example of what the human body is capable of when someone is very dedicated to following very specific training and nutrition guidelines.  Do not try this at home without a qualified professional, or in this case team of professionals, monitoring and assisting you.  During this timeframe Jay had Tony helping with his training, Katy Magoon RD monitoring his dietary intake and I worked with him on both aspects as well as the overall planning and timing.

At Thanksgiving of 2010 Jay was 170 pounds and the following day started working toward dropping body fat for NAGA, one of the biggest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments in the country.

The following picture was taken the day of his weigh-ins on 1/28/11 and he weighed in at 139 pounds.  This is the culmination of a 31 pound weight loss in 64 days, or 18.24% of his body-weight.

This is Jay on the mats getting ready for a no-gi match:

Many people have a negative perception of weight cutting and rightfully so.  Most people get extremely weak when they cut this much weight because they do it in unhealthy ways. People take diuretics, wear sweat/sauna suits, dehydrate themselves and starve themselves to the point of being physically ill.   Granted, cutting massive amounts of weight is not pleasant for anyone, but there are ways it can be done that limit the negative impact on the body.

This is a perfect example of the right way to cut.  Jay only needed to sweat out 5 pounds the morning of weigh-ins and a few trips between the sauna and hot tub  were all it took.

Jay did extremely well and medaled in his division.  This great accomplishment in turn helped to earn him a promotion to Purple Belt as well.

Now lets fast-forward to April 2011.  Jay is back up to 170 pounds and as you can see from the following video, he is pretty damn strong.  The goal for most people who are serious about lifting is to deadlift 2 times their body weight.  Jay is seen here pulling almost 3 times his body weight just 3 months after that gigantic weight cut.

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Jay kept detailed notes of EVERYTHING during this timeframe from what he ate to his training, how he felt etc.  Maybe if we ask politely he would be willing to share some of his notes with us to get a better understanding of the commitment it takes to complete such drastic changes in body composition.

Leave comments below if you have any questions about what it took to accomplish these goals and we will work on answering them as soon as we can.

Father’s day? At FIT it is Father’s WEEK!

As you may or may not know Saturday 6/24 is another one of our famous FIT Free Saturdays where any visitors can come in and try classes without it counting toward their 2 free visits and members can come in without it counting toward their monthly visits.

In honor of all those Dads out there we are going to offer an unprecedented gift.

All dads can attend for the entire week of 6/18 – 6/25 for FREE.

  1. If you are a dad, let the desk know each time you sign in during the week and we will ensure that the visit does  not count toward your monthly allowance.  Every class you attend you can enter to win a free FIT shirt.
  2. If your dad is not a member and you bring him to classes, he can attend for free and they will not count toward his 2 free visits.  Also, every time you bring your dad you can enter into a raffle to win a FIT shirt.
  3. If you and  your dad are not a member and you bring your dad in, each time you attend together you both can train and not have it count toward your free visits.

Its Baaack!

FIT Free Saturday

It has been a while since the last FIT Free Saturday, so we are going to be holding the next one June 25th.

This does not count toward the 2 free visits guests get when they come to check out classes and will not count toward members normal monthly visits.

Click HERE for more info.

Come Back! We miss you!

Special promotion until the end of June: Any former FIT member can re-join at their original membership rate. We have raised rates 4 times since we opened and will likely do so again this fall, so take advantage of this offer before it is too late! Ends June 30th!

Fred’s Fund Silent Auction

The 5th annual Fred’s Fund Silent Auction is in full effect!  Please swing by if at all possible to show your support for this amazing charity that is near and dear to my heart.  Fred was my cousin who passed away unexpectedly at 9 years old.  Fred’s Fund raises money to support children and families receiving care at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth.

The picture at right is from last year when the donation check was presented at Governor Lynch’s office.

Please visit FredsFund.org to learn more.

Another Example of “Ask and You Shall Receive”

People have been asking since day one if we offer personal training at Fun Intelligent Training, especially considering the significant experience Tony and I have in the field (some of you may not know that we first met when I was running the training program at a gym and then he took over my position when I moved on).

Up until now we just have not had the resources available to offer a personal training program at the highest level, and as you know we will never compromise quality just to add a program to the mix.

The combination of bringing Jeff on staff and me being here full time now gives us the ability to at long last offer the best personal training services possible.  So let us know if you or someone you know may be interested, and stay tuned for more info about this new offering coming soon!

Don’t Forget the June Contest

This has the potential to be the biggest payout we have ever made.  Learn how to make money and help those you care about most get into amazing shape!

Check it out!

 

And stay tuned for info about the July contest.  This one will be all sorts of fun and have a very cool prize!

Kettlebells for BJJ

I had a nice chat with Jason C. Brown from Kettlebell Athletics today.  Remind me and I’ll tell you a funny and slightly embarrassing story about how he made me look like a fool when we first met at the end of this post.  Oh yeah, focus.  Back at it then.

We are trying to figure out when we can schedule another Kettlebell Athletics Certification but unfortunately both of our schedules are packed and it doesn’t look like we will be able to make it work until the end of the summer.

For those of you that are not in the know, JCB is one of the foremost kettlebell training experts in the world and he travels all over teaching professionals how to best use kettlebells in their programming.  The picture below is from the certification we hosted last summer and the people hanging on his every word traveled from all over the east coast and Canada just to spend 2 days learning from him.

OK, bummer we don’t get to host another cert for a few more months, but all was not lost.  Actually, I am pretty psyched!

I just got the brand new Kettlebell Training  for BJJ 2.0!  I haven’t had time to go through the whole thing yet (there is so much awesome info in there that it will take me quite some time to get through it all), but the first two modules are exactly what I would expect…AWESOME!

There are so many people trying to cash in on the “cool new fad” of kettlebell training these days.  For me, if someone promotes kettlebells in that manner then it immediately throws up a red flag.  Kettlebells are not new, so why listen to someone who just recently become aware of them?  Bogus.

I prefer to learn from established veterans who have practical experience with what they teach.  JCB is a practicing Judo and BJJ player and has coached some of the best grapplers in the world toward better sport specific fitness.

Unfortunately you will have to wait a few more months to learn from him in person, but if you want to get a huge head start I highly recommend you check out Kettlebell Training  for BJJ 2.0.

Ok, as promised I will tell you how JCB punked me when we first met. Some of you may know that my Portuguese is not top notch and that Vanessa is not enthused with that fact.  Guilty as charged.

So we are in Louisville for a conference and went out to diner as a big group after the first day.  We are surrounded by some of the biggest names in the fitness game.  Zach Even-Esh is to my left as full of energy as you would expect and this much more reserved dude I didn’t know but who seemed integral to the goings-on was seated right across from us.

All of a sudden he realized Vanessa had a strong accent and he begins speaking fluent Portuguese to her!  WTF, this dude is kinda pissing me off!  I’m already in the dog house for not studying and he goes and rubs it in.

Come to find out the dude I didn’t know is apparently who I have unknowingly been basing my life goals upon.  This is actually kind of freaky how many similarities I found as I got to know him better.

He is married to a Brazilian, has the same degree as me, has pit bulls, plays judo and jiu-jitsu, owns a gym, travels around the world teaching and coaching, has a bunch of websites…you get the picture.  I have basically been copying a dude I don’t know.  He is cooler than me and to top it all off speaks fluent Portuguese.  What an ASSHOLE!!!!

Just kidding.  He’s such an asshole that we had him stay at our house when he came up for the last cert.  I’m sure most of you have no clue what brigadeiro is, (A Brazilian dessert made with condensed milk, chocolate powder and butter.  Do not include this in your recipe submissions for the month) but JCB sure does.  Vanessa made him some and this picture is of him eating it for BREAKFAST!  Naughty boy!

Ok, now you know that JCB is cooler than I am so check out Kettlebell Training  for BJJ 2.0 and let me know what you think.

I’m putting on my boxing gloves! This is gonna be a fight!

Everyone wants a perfect body. We are an image driven society. Unfortunately we are also a very lazy and unmovitaved society. With that in mind there are a lot of people out there trying to make money off of you by promising you the world while simultaneously convincing you it’s not going to take any hard work. If you want to be in shape, it takes hard work. There are no two ways about it. If you can’t accept that, stop reading now.

With all the bad information out there, I personally feel that it is my duty to dispel fitness myths, and help you avoid scams. In this article (and over the next five days) I’m going to expose some big time players that people spend a lot of money on. I’m not going to pull any punches with this one. It’s going to get ugly in here, and when this goes to press, I’m going to have to sleep with one eye open, because these marketing giants are going to be really pissed that I pulled the veil off of your eyes!

#1 Planet Fitness- I know it seems strange to think of an actual gym as a gimmick. But that is what it is. The truth about Planet Fitness is that they want you to come in, sign up, never come back, and never cancel your membership either. Simple question: Which is the larger group, those who exercise, or those who do not? Clearly there are more people who DO NOT exercise compared to those who do. So that larger demographic is the group that Planet Fitness markets to. Why? Because they can appeal to your emotions by making it easy to join, but they know that you’ll probably lose motivation and not come back. But at $10/month who can be bothered to go down to the facility and cancel? Did you know the average Planet Fitness has over 5,000 members? Did you know that they do a weekly report to show them how many people DID NOT check into the facility, and that it averages above 70%? That means if a club as 5,000 on any given week only 1,500 people used their facility. That means that there are 3,500 people not coming in. That means that at a minimum of $10/month Planet Fitness is making $35,000 a month from people who cost them $0.00. Pretty sweet business plan, right? That’s why people involved outside of the fitness industry are buying into Planet Fitness franchise as quickly as they can.

What makes it a gimmick

If someone signs up for a gym membership and doesn’t use it…well that’s not really the facilities fault (although this is the exact opposite concept we adhere to here at FIT.  Our goal is for you to show up for every scheduled session and get the best results possible. We like to check up on members we haven’t seen in a while to ensure everything is alright and see what we can do to help). But what you have to consider is that if you are serious about achieving your goals, it’s going to be hard to accomplish at Planet Fitness. Why? Because their facility is filled top to bottom with machines, machines, and more machines. In case you’re wondering what my beef is with machines, check out our article “Just say NO…To machines.” In fact Planet Fitness locations across the country are slowly but surely stripping their facilities of all of their free weights, which are widely accepted by well qualified professionals as the key to success in achieving nearly any fitness goal. There are also a lot of rules at Planet Fitness. You cannot “drop weights,” you cannot “grunt” (heaven forbid you actually challenge yourself to the point where your exertion is audible).

From Wikipedia: Planet Fitness has a device called the “Lunk Alarm” at all of its facilities. The Lunk Alarm is sounded when patrons “Grunt, Drop Weights, do unapproved lifts such as

deadlifting, or lifting too much (exhibition).” The “Lunk Alarm” sign has a spinning light, and sounds like a tornado siren. The sign also defines a “Lunk”, and it reads as this: “Lunk , n, [slang], One who Grunts, Drops Weights, or JUDGES”. [10] Some of the Lunk Alarms also have an inscription below the definition of a lunk. It reads “[Ricky is slamming his weights, wearing a body building tank top, and drinking out of a gallon water jug… what a lunk!]

They even ban specific exercises like the t-bar row and dead lift (two great posterior chain exercises that can help correct posture, eliminate low back pain, and alleviate sciatica). Oh yeah, Planet Fitness also gives out free pizza to their members every month, and they have a bucket of candy on all of their counters. Yeah they really care about your being healthy. The icing on the cake? Planet Fitness is a self-proclaimed “judgement free zone.” Which is odd because they discriminate against people who are serious about their fitness. In fact they go as far to imply with their recent ads that densely muscled people are so stupid they cannot even tie their own shoes. Which to me is about the same as saying all black people are criminals. It truly shocks me that we are accepting of such a place in this day and age.

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I wonder how Layne Norton would feel about such insinuations. Not only is Layne an accomplished ALL NATURAL body builder (IFPA Heavyweight champ) he is also a competitive powerlifter, AND he is an extremely educated person as well. Holding his PhD in Nutritional Science, and running his own personal website www.biolayne.com . Years ago when I was first beginning to get into fitness and nutrition I e-mailed Layne asking him a myriad of questions. He quickly replied and answered all of my questions, and asked for nothing in return. Looking back my questions were kind of silly and truly coming from a novice, but Layne patiently answered each

question in detail. Hardly what I would call judgemental or intimidating. And yes Planet Fitness, he also knows how to tie his shoes.

The Verdict

If you want a cheap gym membership to see little-to-no results from, Planet Fitness is the place for you. You can head in there the first

Monday of every month and eat as much pizza as you’d like, so I guess that’s worth ten bucks. Couple that with an unknowledgeable staff, and typically under qualified trainers, and this ranks really high on the gimmick chart. Final score 9.2 out of 10.

Check back tomorrow for the next fitness gimmick I’m going to expose!

New Toys!

Christmas came early at the FIT Academy!

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We also have new foam rollers on order and are in the process of finalizing what we are going to get for shirts, hoodies etc.

Let us know if there is something you just can’t live without and we will see what we can do!

Fear

What are you afraid of? Is it hard work? Do you fear failing? Do you fear being criticized? Is it all of the above, or a combination of a few? Every new gym goer probably has some kind of fear when entering a new facility. Will everyone there be in better shape than you? Will people make fun of you? Will the workout be too challenging and you won’t be able to do it? Am I going to look stupid when I’m learning where everything is?

A friend of mine recently joined a gym out in Arizona where he lives. He has long black hair, is covered just about head to toe in tattoos, and for years played in heavy metal bands across the country, dealing with crazy mosh-pits, long drives through dangerous cities, thieves, drugs, guns, just about everything you can imagine that would come along with playing rock and roll. I called him yesterday to see how his gym experience was going.

“Dude, I have no idea what I’m doing.” he said. “They give you two free training sessions, but I made them give me a woman trainer, cuz I just didn’t feel comfortable with some jacked guy trying to show me stuff.” He didn’t seem too enthused.

“Well what did she have you do?” I asked him.

“I did some pull-ups, and then she had me jump in and out of this big tire, but it was right in the middle of the gym with everyone else around me on treadmills and other machines. I just felt like everyone was watching me, so I told her I couldn’t do it, and we found a smaller room to move to, I was so embarrassed.”

Now think about this guy: Long hair. Tattoos. Heavy metal. Embarrassed.

It’s natural to feel nervous or anxious about trying a new gym or facility. You are certainly not alone, in fact there is one person who is also afraid too, but you may not have ever realized it: Your coach.

As a person who works with people on a regular basis there are a lot of fears that I have. Just like you are nervous when you first come into a facility, I’m nervous when someone new comes in too. Why? There are a lot of reasons why! I want you to like our facility, I want you to have fun while you’re here, and most importantly I want you to achieve your goals, and even though I’ve helped hundreds of people in the past, every time I train a new client I get nervous that I might some how fail in helping them reach their fitness dreams. As a coach I’m also responsible for a lot of different knowledge, like anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, etc…With that in mind there are a lot of subjects that border what a trainer or coach covers. As a coach I get a lot of questions, sometimes they pertain directly to what it is we do, sometimes they don’t. I fear that I won’t be able to efficiently convey the information you need to know to succeed, sometimes I’m afraid I’ll disappoint you if I’ve referred you to a different type of professional because it’s outside of my realm.

The next time you’re thinking about coming down to check out our facility, and you’re nervous, just know that you and I are a lot alike. But if I can stare my fears in the face, then so can you! There will be no one here waiting to critique you when you walk through our doors. Instead there will be dozens of examples showing you that you CAN do it. Dozens of people who at one point were walking through our doors for the first time and were in your shoes, but it who saw it through, and every single one of them is happy that they did. And when you realize that you’re not working out alone with eyes watching you, instead you have a TEAM around you to support you…well that’s when you start to have fun, and take real big steps to a healthier, more fit you.

Here is a video of some of our members who have faced their fears and came in to our facility. We think you will be interested to hear what they have to say!

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November Member Contest

For the month of November we are holding a Facebook contest.

Here’s the deal:

  1. Purchase one of our sweet new die cut stickers available for $5
  2. Place it in a creative location
  3. Take a picture of said stickered location
  4. Upload to facebook as your profile picture
  5. Post the picture to facebook.com/funintelligenttraining
  6. Tell all of your friends to vote for your submission

As a special incentive, for the month of November we are offering the stickers

The winner will receive December’s membership dues free AND a FIT t-shirt!

Video is good for what?

Technology can be one of two things:

  1. A burden that wastes tremendous amounts of time
  2. An asset that helps to make you more efficient and improve your life

We stick with the time tested methodologies for much of our training philosophy while always striving to stay up to date with the most recent research and findings.  We really try to stay away from the newest “fad” or “craze” that is sweeping the industry, instead focusing on what works.

This is not to say that we stay away from technology; in fact the contrary is true.  We use tremendous amounts of technology and are in the process of implementing even more in the near future.  If something is going to help us improve our member’s performance, we are going to do what we can to implement it into our system.

You may have noticed that we are popping more videos up as of late.  This will continue and we do so for multiple reasons.  Here is one you probably have not thought about.

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Vaca Wins Again

Team Link NH’s head instructor Alexandre “Vaca” Moreno just took home another big win at the 2010 Freestyle Grappling open in Portland Maine.

Keep in mind that this is the Absolute Division and he is competing against some of the best BJJ players in the world.

For his efforts Vaca was awarded some more hardware as well as a nice cash prize.  Parabens Vaca!

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Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 Certification

Any of you that know me are probably well aware of my obsession to learn and improve.  I have spent so much time teaching and coaching others that I don’t have nearly enough time to learn everything that I want to, so I try to learn as much as I can in short periods of time (even though I probably study as much as many students who are currently in college).

One way I do this is to try and attend as many live events as I can.  I find that being surrounded by like-minded and motivated professionals while being immersed in the subject has a profoundly positive effect on learning.

One of the other ways I have found to be extraordinarily productive for me to learn is to seek out people that are more experienced, smarter and more skilled than I am in order expedite the process. 

With this being said, I can barely contain my excitement in telling you that Fun Intelligent Training is going to host a Kettlebell Athletics Level 1 certification May 22nd and 23rd, 2010.  Jason C. Brown and Pamela MacElree are two of the best in the business and will be sharing their fun and brutally effective kettlebell training secrets with us.

You have the opportunity to learn from them at our brand new facility conveniently located in Concord just minutes from I89 and I93.

Set yourself apart from the pack and learn to use kettlebells to develop the safe and functional results your clients demand!

To learn more please visit:

http://www.kettlebellathletics.com/Certifications.html

Thanks,

Eric