Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all getting ready for an awesome weekend. I have been incredibly busy lately as I study for my NASM personal training certification while training for RKC Vienna. My brain and body often seem taxed to the max, and while it can be overwhelming at times, I am reminded about why I am doing this all in the first place. I am becoming a full-time trainer, and yesterday, I got word of getting one step closer to this reality. Here’s the scoop!
I received a pretty awesome email from RKC II Kerry Swick of Pittsburgh Kettlebells yesterday. Given my most recent HKC certification, Kerry has been BEYOND AMAZING with allowing me to observe and co-teach at the kettlebell studio here in Pittsburgh. Per her last email, Kerry has given me the honor of designing new programs to be unleashed at Pittsburgh Kettlebells in the coming months. Yep! You read that correctly. Yours truly is designing ketltebell classes. GET EXCITED!
Of course, this brings up a very interesting issue for me. I have become fairly good at designing my own demanding work outs (just wait to you see the one I came up with below) but dealing with clients is an entirely different arena for me. I have been given the task to design a circuit style class as well as what we here in Pittsburgh call the “Kettlebell Blast ” class (basically, high intensity kettlebell cardio class. OH MAN!). To be honest, I have no idea how to go about doing this, because I tend to struggle with scaling workouts for the kettlebell novice. Instead of letting that bother me, I am turning this blog post into a very interactive public posting asking for advice. Calling all fitness professionals, help a yinzer out here! I am in the process of compiling some workouts inspired from my HKC manual for the clients at Pittsburgh Kettlebells, but I am concerned that I might over tax them. How do you experienced trainers scale things down when you, yourself, are training beyond the norm? This is a challenge for me. Send your thoughts and comments my way! I meant it!
Anyway, for those of you who are already doing demanding workloads, take a stab at my new workout that I came up with to increase endurance and strength at the same time! I call it “The Burgher Blaster”. Check it out!
The Burgher Blaster
You will be doing three different circuits that are timed. The first circuit is 10 minutes, the second one is 15 minutes, and the third one is 10 minutes. Have at it and enjoy the pain!
Circuit 1-10 minutes
10 burpees followed by 8 16 kg rows each arm.
I am a weirdo who actually loves doing burpees, but if you’re not like me, you can do push ups instead. Do as many rounds as you can with good form in ten minutes.
Circuit 2- 15 minutes.
Double 12 kg clean, front squat and press ladder.
You will be doing ladders of 1, 2, and 3 for a set. Do as many sets of the ladder as you can with good form in the time allotted.
Circuit 3- 10 minutes
16 kg single arm swings. Do the circuit with 30 seconds of work on one arm, 3o seconds of rest then 30 seconds of work on the other arm and 30 seconds of rest.
That’s all I have for yinz today! Remember to eat smart, train hard, and enjoy your life. OH! And if you are a serious fitness professional, send me your thoughts on tailoring workouts for beginners. I mean it. I need all the brainstorming advice I can get here. Thanks again! Now go out there and be awesome!