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Lance Monteau, MD and The Great 100,000 Kettlebell Swing Challenge

Lance Monteau set himself a magnificent challenge: to perform 100,000 kettlebell swings within a one year period. Lance has just completed that goal. Dragon Door e-interviewed him about his whole experience with this admirable achievement.

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The Hidden Benefits of Kettlebell Training. Interview with Brian McMaster, RKC Team Leader

What really drew me in was that whether we were training a young athlete or someone in their seventies or eighties we saw great improvements with kettlebells.

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Interview with Jessica Renee Pino, RKC Team Leader

I enjoy seeing my clients' and gym members' overall health and fitness improve with kettlebells. And I also enjoy seeing them get those "aha moments" if they've been struggling to perfect their technique on a movement...

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How The Isochain Can Help Transform Your Strength Training by Busting Through Plateaus — for Surprising New Gains in Size and Performance…

How The Isochain Can Help Transform Your Strength Training by Busting Through Plateaus — for Surprising New Gains in Size and Performance…

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How to Master Your Environmental Challenges, Interview with Scott Carney, author of What Doesn’t Kill Us and The Wedge

In a way, The Wedge is really a continuation of What Doesn't Kill Us. At the end of the earlier book, I'm climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro in a bathing suit, it's negative 30 degrees outside, and I'm not dead. And I have this realization at the top of the mountain, which leads to the cheesiest thing I've ever written in my entire life, which is: "I am not on the mountain, I am the mountain."

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Meet Bill Kociaba, the world’s only blind Certified Kettlebell Instructor

I eventually realized that I could still do it, I just had to be a lot more hands-on as a trainer. I developed a feather light touch so I can lightly touch someone while they are doing an exercise to monitor their form without interfering with the movement.

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“Has made a huge difference in my training”, interview Eric Bennett HardstyleFit Level1 and Level2 Instructor

Interview with HardstyleFit Level 1 and Level 2 kettlebell instructor, Eric Bennett: Originally it was just for me. But, at my job I'd been talking to quite a few people about kettlebell training and they’ve been very interested. So, I have been training quite a few people...

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The mental strength of kettlebells, Iron Maiden Anna (Sättler) Vietz, RKC

Physical strength but also mental strength—I felt stronger in business and conversations with other people.

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How to Master the Beast Challenge, Interview with Daniel Kirchmaier, Beast Tamer, RKC-II

The Beast Tamer Challenge can’t be accomplished in a week or two weeks. You really have to get into it, your technique has to be excellent, and you must find time to train. It can’t be accomplished by training for an hour every day—you have to dive deep into it. I really thrive on these types of challenges!

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How Cait Timmerman lost 160 pounds with kettlebells and mindset

Interview with Cait Timmerman who lost 160 pounds with kettlebells and mindset

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Kettlebells and Convict Conditioning in an Afghan prison, interview, Rob Langdon

An Interview with Rob Langdon, author of The Seventh Circle: A Former Australian Soldier’s Extraordinary Story of Surviving Seven Years in Afghanistan’s Most Notorious Prison. Kettlebells and calisthenics while incarcerated...

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RKC: Elegant, Technical, Graceful, Interview with Mackenzie Phillips, Lawyer, RKC

I found kettlebells through all of these pivots, transformations, and essentially listening to what I thought my body needed. Kettlebells released what would become my next steps in the health and wellness space.

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How to Become a Highly Effective Coach, Interview with Jason Kapnick, RKC Team Leader

The RKC was a real watershed in my new career. I had just gotten started, but was pretty knowledgeable about fitness. While I had been doing well working with my clients, over the months that followed the RKC I really vaulted into a higher level of professionalism.

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How To Be More Sexy With Kettlebells, Interview with Colleen Conlon, RKC

After I started training in a way that made me feel strong, I’m so much more confident in my body. It's really interesting how this realization played out. I used to think that strength training would make me bulky and manly—but I experienced the exact opposite! I think I'm really sexy now! I wouldn’t have said that seven years ago.

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Optimal Function, Optimal Metabolics, Interview with Daryl Jelle, RKC

When I started working at Lifetime Fitness, I realized I wanted to be strong, athletic, and in shape. Since I was going to be running conditioning programs, I figured I should probably be able to do them! I found Dan John’s 10,000 kettlebell swing article, and thought it sounded like a good challenge—so I did it.

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Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Strength Training, Interview with Mary Surprenant, RKC

RKC success story interview with Mary Surprenant: Why It’s Never Too Late to Start Strength Training and kettlebells

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The 4 Pillars of Vitality, Interview, Sage Petersen, PCC Instructor

My passion is feeling good, being connected to nature, and my own vitality. Naturally, I want to increase that connection for myself.

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“As soon as I touched a kettlebell, I fell in love with it.” Interview with Rekha Ayalur, RKC Team Leader

I'm completely sold on kettlebells, especially from what they’ve done for me. I've leaned out completely since I started using kettlebells—even compared to when I was running track in school. I feel good, and I move really well. I can't remember the last time I had a real injury.

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Kettlebells as a Life Tool, Interview with Matt Sillanpaa, RKC

I just wanted a new way to work out, now five years down the road I’ve found a new way to make a living. At our gym, kettlebells are the main tool we use and the RKC really made that evident.

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How to Stay Physically Relevant—With Kettlebells, Interview with Chris Mackey, RKC

When we learned that the RKC was coming to our area, we knew what we needed to do! I wanted deeper knowledge, just for the kids. There’s so much beyond the HKC three, and there was also a personal challenge.​

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“RKC, a huge game changer,” interview with Michael Mueller, RKC

I think that the RKC curriculum is very good at diving into the nuances of each basic movement. It’s been a huge game changer when it comes to working with my clients.

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"Strength From Within”, Interview with Darell Dansby, PCC Instructor

That’s also when I fell in love with powerlifting. But in 2010, I had a horrific back injury. And basically that’s how I found out about calisthenics.

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The China Connection, Cami Pipkin, RKC Team Leader, Owner of Human in Motion Fitness Studio

Interview: The China Connection, Cami Pipkin, RKC Team Leader, Owner of Human in Motion Fitness Studio​

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“Live it up, be fearless and take big risks,” Interview with Ruben Payan, RKC Team Leader

Interview with Ruben Payan, RKC Team Leader, “Live it up, be fearless and take big risks!”

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PCC and RKC, Revelations on the Journey to Greater Strength and Function, Interview, Chris Worth

Interview with Chris Worth, PCC and HKC Instructor, Author, Freelance Copywriter: Revelations on the​

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The Passion of Calisthenics, with Nigel Wills, PCC, WSWCF

Interview with Nigel Wills, PCC instructor, WSWCF, The Passion of Calisthenics

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The Power of the Kettlebell, interview, Christian van Loenen, M.Ed., CPT, RKC

By the end of my college career, I had become obsessed with the strength and conditioning side of basketball. During the course of researching, reading, and watching so many videos during that period, I came across kettlebells.

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The Psychology of Successful Training, Interview, Natalie Talbert, RKC

I have had a huge love for kettlebells since college at San Jose State. Kettlebells were part of the culture, especially in Chris Holder's training room. I also realized the crossover kettlebells had with all sports. The RKC has been high on my priority list for a long time, and especially as I got further into my career as a coach and a manager.

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Why Choose To Be A Coach? Interview with Paige Sousa, RKC

Interview with Paige Sousa, RKC: I fought coaching before I realized it could be a career. It’s a hard career, but it's worth it.

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The Sustainable Fat Loss Lifestyle—And More, Interview with Terry Joel, RKC

Interview with Terry Joel, RKC: The Sustainable Fat Loss Lifestyle And More.

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How to Be Superhero Ready, Celebrity Trainer, Don Saladino, RKC Team Leader, Interview

Interview with Celebrity Trainer, Don Saladino, RKC Team Leader: How to Be Superhero Ready

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From Pro Boxer to Iron Maiden, Interview with Noriko Kariya, RKC

Interview with life long athlete, pro boxer, Iron Maiden, Noriko Kariya, RKC instructor and personal trainer

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How to be Smart AND Strong, Alexis Bouzidi, First Place Runner Up, Get Strong Challenge, Interview

I decided to do it the day I got Get Strong, especially after reading through the workouts and looking at the end—phase four and the final test. I was really happy because I thought that I could be there in a few months if I followed the program. It was like a promise, and I decided that I was in, I had to do it. The contest was a bonus, but I felt it could help me stay accountable and remain consistent with the training.

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From 397 lbs to RKC Dynamo, Interview with Carolyn Taylor Harris

Since moving to Colorado eight years ago, I've gone through a lot. My lifestyle changed, I started eating differently—and eating less.

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Interview with Jon Hersey, 1st Place Runner Up Get Strong Challenge

Jon Hersey, 1st Place Runner Up Get Strong Challenge, Interview

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From Party Animal to PCC, Interview with Moo Dath

Because of my circus training, I’m constantly focused on alignment and safety. I can't let anyone go ahead if what they're doing might cause an injury or make them unsafe.

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The Magnificent Healing Journey of Charlotte Simpson, RKC

When I first started getting healthy, I had no idea I would end up doing this. My plan was to retire from my full time job then become a wedding coordinator because I love being creative and getting things organized. At the gym, people started asking me if I was going to be a trainer. Then my doctor along with a trainer who was RKC certified asked me the same thing the next day. I realized I was being told something.

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Why Battling Ropes? Original Creator Answers All Questions. Interview with John Brookfield

About twelve years ago, I created the Battling Ropes System in my backyard. I had been looking for a way to train myself to sustain strength, speed, power, and also mental endurance over time, instead of just interval training. I developed and did the training myself for about a year, and the results were just phenomenal.

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Confidence Comes First, Interview with Marilyn Hoyt, Get Strong Winner

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The Crusade for Pre/Postnatal Fitness, Interview with Haley Shevener, RKC-II

Even after getting the “OK” from their doctors to return to the gym, these women often end up getting injured. When I realized how often this was happening, I switched gears and started working exclusively with women in this life chapter.

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How To Be Combat Fit, Interview with Brian Stramel

Interview with Brian Stramel, Grand Prize Winner of the Get Strong Transformation Challenge

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How To Get Into Scary Shape, An Interview with Mark Lawson, RKC-II

How To Get Into Scary Shape, An Interview with Mark Lawson, RKC

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Training for Strength AND Health, The Luke Atchley Interview

When I began to explore kettlebells, I fell in love with the training and with using them with my clients. I've been a personal trainer since 2013, and started working while I was still in college.

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The Bodfather, Geoffrey Hemingway and Mark Fisher Fitness

The Bodfather, Geoffrey Hemingway and Mark Fisher Fitness. An interview with Geoffrey Hemingway, RKC​

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How to Mix Kettlebells the Spartan Way, Interview with Joe DiStefano, Spartan Race, RKC

Meet Joe DiStefano, the Spartan of Kettlebells

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How Chiropractor Ashli Linkhorn, RKC-II Uses Kettlebells With Her Patients

Interview with chiropractor Ashli Linkhorn, RKC-II. Learn how she uses kettlebells and the knowledge from the HKC, RKC, and RKC-II to help her patients.

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Overcoming nerve damage with kettlebells, the Nathan Gagnon story

Interview with Nathan Gagon: Overcoming nerve damage with kettlebells

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Divine Providence, Kettlebells and the Lee Bacchi story

Interview with Lee Bacchi, Catholic Priest, RKC: Divine Providence, Kettlebells and the Lee Bacchi story​

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How This 60-Year Old Fights Type 2 Diabetes With Kettlebells

Interview with Robert Blick, HKC: How This 60-Year Old Fights Type 2 Diabetes With Kettlebells

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Kettlebell Wonder Woman—The Kristy Agan Story

Interview: Kettlebell Wonder Woman—The Kristy Agan Story

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The Truth About Pregnancy and Kettlebell Training An Interview with Natalie Lynch, HKC, RN BSN

The Truth About Pregnancy and Kettlebell Training. An Interview with Natalie Lynch, HKC, RN BSN

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From Banker to 1-arm Pull-up and Tai Chi Champion: An Interview with Ray Shonk, PCC, SCC

In my own training, I continued using a mix of weights with a little bit of calisthenics for a few years. Then about four years ago I decided to try switching to only calisthenics, all thanks to one of my students who introduced me to Convict Conditioning and showed me videos of Al and Danny Kavadlo.​

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From Obese to Hyper-Fit, The Levi Markwardt story

I grew up playing sports—my dad was my high school wrestling and football coach. I grew up as the team manager for wrestling and football, participated while in junior high and high school, and continued wrestling in college

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How Laura Phillips, RKC Faced Down Death—With a Monumental Recovery…

Interview with Laura Phillips, RKC kettlebell training and recovery from necrotizing myopathy

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Nick Collias, RKC, PCC, Senior Level Editor,

Interview with Nick Collias, RKC, PCC, Senior Level Editor, by Adrienne Harvey

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"Simple Is Best", Filipino Martial Arts World Champion, Joshua Teves, Interview

I think my first passion was martial arts—which at first was mostly because of Saturday morning cartoons. I finally got involved with Filipino martial arts at the age of 12.

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Secrets of The Iceman Revealed, Wim Hof Interview

It’s all about trial and error. At first I was looking for myself. For years I did the pushups by myself every morning. It just felt good, I would oxygenize myself with about thirty breaths, then it was amazing what I could do afterwards. I was just doing it on my own.

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Jackie Wu, From Broken Back to the Secrets of Playful Fitness

Fitness as a career probably started when I was teaching taekwondo. I was very heavily involved with taekwondo for about twenty years, and when I moved to California I ended up teaching at a studio for about seven years and then I broke my back.

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Interview with Scott Carney, author of What Doesn't Kill Us

An Interview with Scott Carney, author of What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength

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Interview with Jenn Burke, Director of Education, Crunch Gym

I've gone through a lot of phases in my training, and I’ve probably trained with almost every implement imaginable in all my years of training. But, I definitely lean towards bodyweight training, and I particularly enjoy using kettlebells and the Bulgarian bag.

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Interview with Jesse Itzler, author of Living with a SEAL

But training with SEAL was completely unorthodox, he turned all of the conventional things that I was taught upside down. The hardest thing was getting out of my routine, which I had pretty much been doing for twenty years. The second hardest challenge was the consistency of the new training—even though I had consistently run for years, the constant newness of the training was very challenging.

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Mike Davidov and the perfect practice of kettlebells, interview

I was a chef and making my living as a musician by teaching lessons, doing studio work, playing with bands, and touring with bands. I was also working in a bar to supplement my income. Since I needed to have other jobs anyway, it helped me realize I could take my fitness to a more professional level.

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Hard Man, Cold Man—Rocker, Photographer, Martial Artist, Interview with Michael Polito, PCC

I started in the martial arts in the late 70s with Chinese martial arts, specifically the Fu-Jow Pai system (Tiger Claw System). I studied that for a couple of years then transitioned to a kenpo style of Okinawa karate style where I achieved my black belt. From there I started mingling with other styles including Japanese swordsmanship—which I still study in New York City.

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How Hard Girl Anne Reuss Beats Down All Obstacles

Fitness has helped me break down physical, mental, and communication barriers. I’ve now completed four Spartan Races and will be competing in the CrossFit Open for the first time this year. I live what I teach and I've found my calling—I want to help people to challenge themselves to build the fit mind and body so they can do everything they want to do.

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Kettlebells and Functional Training For Kids, Interview with Bob Bell, Ridgewood Public Schools, K-12 Wellness Supervisor

We’re teaching the students things that they can keep doing outside of a gym membership, even though we still have our weight racks and stuff like that. But, I’m into functional training along with many of the coaches and teachers, so we wanted to give people options other than just the standard bench press and squat. There’s obviously a place for that in strength training. But as training has evolved, we wanted to bring in functional training, kettlebells, and other things we can do.

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Achieving Sustainable Health and Strength, the Blair Rockoff Way

Mindset is so important, and I want to get more people to focus on their lives instead of tuning it out. I think that if some of my clients were not also doing the health coaching with me, I would miss so much of what was getting in their way. I teach them how to be successful traveling, or what ever they need to work on—even if it’s just getting in more walking.

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Interview with Max Shank, Master RKC

In April, I taught my 100th workshop. I am very very lucky that people actually want to listen to me for 2-3 days during a weekend. I have racked up a couple thousand hours of teaching courses. It's been a wild ride!

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From Moulin Rouge to Sydney PCC, Noemi N Nagy, Interview

I always liked learning different styles, finding my own style—and I always get really bored doing just one thing. So, when I moved to Paris, I also had to find work, so I auditioned at Moulin Rouge, Crazy Horse, and Lido. I signed a contract with Moulin Rouge and danced there for one and a half years. It was an amazing experience and an honor to be a dancer there, but...

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Fatimat Yusuf-Olukoju, Olympian, RKC, Holistic Health Coach, interview

I went to the RKC in June. I was a big fan of kettlebells even before I heard about the RKC! I trained with kettlebells for my last four years as a track athlete. But, I wish I could have used them during my whole running career because it made a huge difference in my running.

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How Kettlebells Changed Everything, Interview, Shari Wagner

Interview with Shari Wagner, RKC Team Leader: How Kettlebells Changed Everything

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How Ben Landry, RKC II got the BEAST Tamer and much, much more...

How Ben Landry, RKC II got the BEAST Tamer and much, much more...

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How to "Live Life Strong", Seth Munsey interview

How to "Live Life Strong", Seth Munsey interview: After my RKC, I knew that what I learned would play a big role at my own facility. We only use kettlebells, sandbags, battling ropes, and stuff like that.

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Jessa Lemoine, RKC, Iron Maiden, CrossFit Competitor, Interview

: I am working on so many things, but am always trying to get stronger. Even though I tend to be a little bit above average strength, I know if I stop trying to get stronger that will quickly fall down because everyone else is also trying to get stronger.

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Interview: Steve Opalenik, Winner of the Street Workout 50 Push-up Challenge

Much of my love for bodyweight exercise comes from wrestling. Even though we hit the weights pretty hard when training for wrestling, we also did push-ups all the time. Our coach had a rule that we had to give him 15 push-ups any time someone swore during practice! Bridging is also a huge thing with wrestling, so I’ve always loved to bridge.

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From out-of-shape social worker to studly trainer, Stephen Llewellyn interview

I was about 27-28, and luckily I had not put on any weight. I think my genes helped me, but I still knew I was quite unfit. One day I started playing squash again—my dad used to coach me in squash when I was a kid. He wasn’t a professional player but he played at a fairly high level.

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GMB + PCC = Magic, The Kirsty Grosart Interview

As a kid I did competitive gymnastics from age six to nineteen, then took a break from it for most of my twenties. It wasn't until I bought my house and built a gym in the garage that I started doing bodyweight training again. It was mostly because I didn’t have much in the garage—I built a pull-up bar, had some mats, a set of p-bars and some rings.

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How Mother of 4, Jessica Pino, Kills It with Kettlebells

Along with knowledge, I feel that a coach needs to be able to do all or at least some of what they are teaching. A good coach also builds a connection with their students and clients, and understands how to interact with them on a physical and emotional level. I want my clients and my students to come in and then feel stronger and confident when they leave—and I want them to come back the next day.

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How Peter D’Epiro trains Spec Ops, Apple, Google execs and so much more…

In some ways it was a straight shot. My bachelor's degree is in exercise science, and my master’s degree is in human movement. I started personal training almost from graduation. It was inline with what I studied, and my lifestyle as a gymrat and former athlete.

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Baseball, Cystic Fibrosis & Kettlebells, Interview with Taylor Lewis

The kettlebell is a really good tool for my athletes, especially since I work with a lot of baseball players now. We don’t do any Olympic lifts with the baseball players, so kettlebell swings and one-arm kettlebell swings give me another way to incorporate speed and power—while reducing the risk of wrist and shoulder injuries.

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An Interview with Ian Deeth, PCC, Teacher, Athletics Analyst, Live Events Host

At 18, I went to Brunel University in West London as a footballer. But basically, I wasn’t doing well on the team, and wasn’t shown a lot of love from the coach. So, I wanted to find a sport where I could take the performance into my own hands. I enjoyed athletics through my school years, but had always been involved in team sports. Since the University had a good track program, as soon as football wasn't working out, I started with track. We had a really good group and coach—I fell in love with​

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Interview with Chawkeen Graham, Coach at The Gymnastics Factory, Individual Winner, KETTLE PRT 1 and 2

I used to train at Rob Miller’s gym. Last fall he called to tell me about a kettlebell competition, and to see if I would be interested in joining. He said it was coming up soon, but he could add me to a team. I wanted to try something different, so I said yes.

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How a Cancer Survivor Built His Body Back Up with Kettlebells

Eventually, I learned to step back even further within the basics. Now I really appreciate teaching the first steps to my beginner clients, because those were the same first steps that worked for me, too.

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“How to Bring Your Best Every Day”, Interview, Ben S. Fogel, RKC, Former World Cup Bobsledder

In bobsled, I learned really quickly that people noticed when I showed up every day on time (or early), brought my best, did what was asked of me at a high level, and practiced and trained every day. Back in 2005, I was kind of fighting for my life with bobsled—it was a cutthroat pre-Olympic year.

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"Unconventional yet Fundamental": Equinox Coach, RKC Paul Kolososki

A kettlebell doesn’t lie. As silly as it sounds, you have to respect it, and you need to have full body awareness. If you want to get the full, safe benefits of the kettlebell, you must learn to understand your body.

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Movement First, Then Strength: Interview with PCCs Beth and Eric Bergmann

I’ve been a dancer my entire life. I started when I was two because my mom thought it was cute. As the youngest of five children—I was 13 years behind my last brother—my mom also probably wanted me out of the house! I was primarily a ballet dancer until I went to school at Julliard where I had more of a contemporary dance focus.

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4-Time German Overall Junior Powerlifting Champion’s Journey to the RKC and PCC—An Interview with Patrick Heckelmann, RKC, PCC

I’ve been interested in bodyweight exercise and calisthenics more lately and I have never really worked with it. While we had gymnastics classes in middle school and high school, I was kind of good, but I was never really good. And while I did gymnastics when I was small, I never really thrived in it.

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From Dialysis to Incredible Feats of Bodyweight Strength, Katherine Marini Interview

I have been involved with fitness ever since I was really little. As a teenager, I competed on a national level as an artistic roller skater. After I quit at age 17—and after a couple months of doing nothing—I realized that I needed physical activity to be myself. So, I started going to the gym.

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Very Strong, But Out of Shape? Here's The Fix, Interview with "Rigger" Butch G.

Very Strong, But Out of Shape? Here's The Fix, Interview with "Rigger" Butch G.

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How to Blend Yoga, Kettlebells & Calisthenics, Blair Rockoff Interview

Interview with Blair Rockoff, RKC, PCC: How to Blend Yoga, Kettlebells & Calisthenics

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Rene Grobecker: 35% increase in bone density with kettlebells and much more

Rene Grobecker: 35% increase in bone density with kettlebells and much more

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Coach to Grow, Teach to Learn, the Dafna Hayman interview

Even though we're coaches focused on helping other people, we need someone to look at us! I strongly believe that every trainer needs a trainer. I never write my own programs, because if I do, I’ll only train what I love and not necessarily what I need to be doing.

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How Stephanie Woods Lost 60lbs with Kettlebells and Right Eating

Don't give up on something that’s meaningful to you, kettlebells might seem hard in the beginning, but when starting a new fitness regimen, everything can be pretty hard. If it were easy everyone would do it!

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The Dan John Dragon Door Interview

Before I went to one of the early RKC conventions in 2005, I had no idea what a swing really was! I was so quad dominant that I was doing leg extensions as swings, because I didn't know. At that convention, I picked up my first kettlebell, got involved in sending some emails back and forth with some people, and now here we are!

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From near-death to fitness inspiration, the Freda Mooncotch-Al Kavadlo story

It was exactly the inspiration I needed, and helped me to focus on something other than being sick or getting well. So I started stretching and changed my very boring, monotonous training routine.

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How a World Cup Soccer Referee Benefits from Kettlebells, Margaret Domka Interview

I found kettlebells because I was hoping to make it to the World Cup. I needed a way to keep getting stronger while also increasing my speed. I was really looking for a type of strength training that would also be functional for the goals of a referee.

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Beyond the Love of Strength: Former USA Olympic Team Chiropractor, Dr. Steven Horwitz's athletic journey and remarkable recovery story

Beyond the Love of Strength: Former USA Olympic Team Chiropractor, Dr. Steven Horwitz's athletic journey and remarkable recovery story

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Of Bomb Disposal, Tactical Training and the PCC, Scott Underdahl Interview

Of Bomb Disposal, Tactical Training and The Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) workshop, Scott Underdahl Interview

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An Interview with Bradley Sadler MD, MS, PCC

Brad Sadler, A Psychiatrist's Wild Journey To The PCC And Beyond.

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An Interview with Matt Fuhrmann

"I thought I was crippled for life", Matt Furhmann's inspirational recovery story.

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An Interview with Sabra Epp, RKC-II, Iron Maiden

Dragon Door Interviews Sabra Epp, RKC-II. How she became an Iron Maiden, and what it takes to complete the ultimate kettlebell challenge.

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An Interview with Renos Panagidis, PCC Instructor

How I Achieved a 1-Arm Pull-Up PR at the PCC and Much, Much More... Renos Panagidis Interview

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An Interview with Chris White, RKC Team Leader

Kettlebells, Qigong and the Secrets of Athletic Efficiency, an interview with RKC Team Leader, Chris White

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An Interview with Daniel Cirilli, PCC Instructor

About 10 months ago, I just saw some videos on YouTube from Al and Danny Kavadlo, and Frank Medrano. I decided to start with Street Workout after meeting Kerigo and some of the other guys at a fitness festival in Gothenburg. From there I started working on my team and now I am a member of WSWCF (World Street Workout and Calisthenics Federation) and a PCC Instructor.

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An Interview with David Martin, Marine Corps Martial Arts Instructor, HKC, DVRT

With DVRT, I think body movement is also a big factor. With all the rotational drills, there are so many exercise variations you can do with the Ultimate Sandbags. I think sandbags are great for the Marines, because no matter where they are, they can take the empty Ultimate Sandbags along and fill them up at their destination—then they can use them for full body fitness.

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An Interview with Dustin Jones, Physical Therapist, RKC, CSCS

I am working in home health, so many of my patients are home-bound adults—meaning it would take them a considerable effort to leave their homes. I use basic kettlebell lifts and carries with them to improve their conditioning, posture, and strength.

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An Interview with Marty G., Federal Law Enforcement Special Agent, PCC Instructor

In the unit I was attached to four years before my current detail, we were wearing up to 45 pounds of kit and equipment for hours in seated, standing, and non-traditional positions—and our movements were not always linear. Unlike other tactical units which might wear their gear for a couple of hours during operations, we might need to...

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An Interview with Faith Martin, HKC, DVRT, Fitness Director of Health Promotion, US Marines

I am currently the Fitness Director of Health Promotion, a part of SemperFit with MCCS. I am in charge of the fitness coordinators who do the assessments daily for Marines, and am also the HITT coordinator for the island. I teach a multi-modality course with a lot of different strength tools like ammo cans, kettlebells, and DVRT/Ultimate Sandbag.

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An Interview with Andrew Keller, HKC

I moved to Milwaukee about 2 years ago and was looking for a way to get in shape. I used to live in the middle of nowhere, and we only had standard gyms which never seemed to work for me. I’d heard about kettlebells from people in the military and people interested in self defense. They were using kettlebells with great results.

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An Interview with Don Berry, Doctor of Chiropractic, SFMA, CK-FMS

It really helps to prevent injuries—that’s really the biggest thing. Of course kettlebells also build stamina, strength, and all the things any martial artist needs.

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An Interview with David Rodriguez, PCC

I feel like my disability has made me a better athlete because it forced me to really focus not just on heavy lifting, but to learn how to move more intelligently. I have emphasized the muscle-mind connection more since becoming an amputee. Being an amputee has really taught me how to be a better, more adaptable athlete with endless possibilities.

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An Interview with Isaac Hoffman, PCC Instructor and Research Scientist

I tried to approach fitness in the same way, but I was humbled at every juncture either by injury or just lack of ability—I could see where I wanted to go in my mind, but I didn’t have the right tools yet.

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An Interview with Steve "Sgt Steve" Rosen, PCC, HKC

My definition of fitness is feeling your best, performing your best, and third—the lowest priority—is looking your best. If I do everything I can to feel and perform my best then I'm going to look my best.

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An Interview with John Kalil, RKC Instructor

I was determined to learn about kettlebells, so for the first 2-3 years I probably went to every class Mike had! I soaked up as much info as I could from him.

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An Interview with Rolando Garcia III—Intrinsic Excellence and Goal Setting

First of all, I think goal setting itself is important. It’s a relatively sure way to actually achieve what we want to achieve. However as I mentioned in our previous interview, if you take a good look at where you are in your life right now financially, professionally, and personally, chances are that five years ago you would not have envisioned where you are now.

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An Interview with Angelo Grinceri, PCC Instructor

When I was almost seventeen, I started to get really involved in the aesthetic side of fitness through bodybuilding. I guess I had a different start than most practitioners. I feel like most fitness professionals have a competitive background based in athletic performance, while mine was looks-based.

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An Interview with Keith Veri, RKC Instructor

When I first started with kettlebells, I was tired of how I had been training. Even though I was into running and a lot of cardiovascular training which helped me get down to 150lbs, I was not happy there. I didn’t like being skinny, and I needed to add a strength training component. Then all the sudden I saw them one day and ordered a 30lb kettlebell. It was rough, but I loved working with it. ​

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An Interview with Martijn Bos PCC, FMS and RKC Instructor

I had been training with kettlebells for several years before taking any of the RKC courses. Trying to learn and practice just from manuals—and another certification in Holland which was not that great—was definitely a mistake.

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An Interview with Stefan Madsen, RKC and PCC Instructor

Back in 2003 while in the army, I participated in training courses about physical training for soldiers. I was a Sergeant 1st class at the time and did a lot of teaching, especially small arms firing and PT.

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An Interview with PCC and HKC Instructor, Errick McAdams

I used to be a fat guy! I was 26 years old and sitting on the couch, watching an E True Hollywood Story about Brad Pitt. At the time Brad Pitt was 36 years old, Fight Club had just come out, and he was totally ripped!

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An Interview with Maggie Fazeli Fard, RKC Instructor, Senior Fitness Editor Experience Life Magazine

When I was a little kid I was incredibly unathletic—just the thought of getting sweaty or dirty turned me off completely. I was also uncoordinated and didn’t have any natural athletic abilities.

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An Interview with RKC Team Leader Paul Britt, CK-FMS, Primal Move Instructor

I discovered them in 2005, when I was working as a police officer. I had always been into powerlifting and bodybuilding—and was always at the gym. My wife wanted me to find something that didn’t take me away from the house and kids for up to 2 hours.

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An Interview with Steve “Coach Fury” Holiner, Senior RKC, DVRT Master Instructor

Basically this is a second career for me. I grew up as a skate punk in Long Island so I was always active. I was never on any kind of team until I started at Five Points Academy, but I was into skateboarding and much later, BMX.

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An Interview with Christian Arai, RKC Instructor

It wasn’t until I had consistent and focused kettlebell training that I discovered this tool could very well surpass the shape I was in during my competition days. Since I’ve worked more consistently with kettlebells, I’ve noticed that some of the greatest

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An Interview with Carl Sipes, RKC Instructor, CK-FMS

When I moved out to California in 2003, I was lucky enough to start working with someone who had just ordered a set of kettlebells. I was introduced to them while they were still early on the scene! I thought they were interesting and had never seen anything like them before.

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An Interview with Zach Even-Esh, Author of The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning

When you train hard in ways that break the rules, you learn about yourself. You learn that you are capable of achieving any success you want. So, I wrote The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning for people who want to be inspired, who want to learn, and who have an open mind.

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An Interview with RKC Team Leader Annie Vo

I was never a natural athlete. In high school, I was in marching band but kind of made it a point to avoid doing much physical activity. But when I went to college on a full academic scholarship, I had no concept of how expensive New York would be since I came from a smaller town near LA.

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An Interview with Samuel Hartman, RKC Instructor

Like many people, I started out as a runner. After graduating from college, I wanted to get in shape and it's kind of a cliché, but I decided I should just go run for exercise. I got decent at it, and was consistently doing eight-minute miles and having a good time until I injured myself as a lot of runners do.

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An Interview with Pro MMA Fighter Lawrence Dunning, RKC

In college I started to get into combat sports and began competing as an amateur boxer. It evolved to the point that training for triathlons became a way of maintaining my fitness for MMA.

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An Interview with RKC Team Leader Nick Lynch

My kettlebell training began because of my own injuries. I also noticed that many people who came to my studio had numerous existing injuries. Many athletes in the US train with Olympic lifting—which is really its own sport.

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An Interview with RKC Team Leader Lori Crock

Oddly enough, I didn’t like kettlebells at first! The kettlebell swing was a very unfamiliar movement, and I didn’t understand it. But I became intrigued by kettlebells because until then, I’d liked everything else in the gym.

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An Interview with Tim Osborn-Jenkins, PCC Instructor

Six years and hundreds of hours later I had my black belt, but needed a new challenge. That's when I started practicing Wushu and Chinese Kickboxing. Because I learned good basics in Kung Fu, I was able to make a smoother—although not easier—transition to Wushu.

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An Interview with Jen Kalmes, RKC and PCC Instructor

After finding kettlebells and training with them myself, I realized how much I absolutely loved it and wanted to get RKC Certified. Because I was working with a lot of women at the salon, and had many clients who had known me for years, they noticed my body changing and asked me what I was doing.

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An Interview with Pro MMA Fighter and RKC Instructor, Bobby Moffett

The best thing I learned for myself was how to do the kettlebell movements correctly—that and how to set up my workout routines. But, in general, after my professional fighting career is over, I’ll have something else I can teach.

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An Interview with TJ Sawyer, Cardiologist and PCC Instructor

I really came to the PCC for my own knowledge. I turned 40 last September, and the previous year I decided my goal was to do 10 muscle-ups before I really had any idea on how to do them! I watched some videos online and thought that because I could do a lot of pull-ups that I'd be able to do a muscle-up.

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An Interview with Grace Menendez, PCC and HKC Instructor

I got really obsessed with bodyweight training and the progressions and regressions Al has for everything. At first, even though I’d look at an advanced exercise and think, “Oh my god, I can’t do that one yet,” I could do the regressions that came before it.

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An Interview with Adrian Harrington, PCC Instructor

I'm not a huge guy and never really wanted to get big in the gym, I'm just having fun. If it wasn't fun, I wouldn't do it! I feel like bodyweight training really brings you in tune with yourself and think that people who just go to the gym and go through the motions don't get the same mind to muscle connection. For me, I’m getting in tune with my inner animal...

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An Interview with RKC and PCC Instructor, Chris Garay

If I can get my clients excited about doing their first pull-up, then I can figure out meaningful ways to make the training more important to people in a genuine, fun, and interesting way.

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An Interview with Ramy Daoud, Pro MMA Fighter

Kettlebell training has everything I look for in exercises to benefit my MMA. It helps my explosiveness, my ability to control my body, strengthens my core—all the things I really value are directly benefitted by correct kettlebell training.

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An Interview with RKC and PCC Instructor, Matt Begansky

I’ve lifted weights for almost my whole life. I was heavily influenced by my dad—an avid weightlifter. I can remember watching him pump iron when I was a kid.

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An Interview with Adam Von Rothfelder, PCC Instructor

Growing up, my older brother and I would watch Bruce Lee and kung-fu movies. And I was always jumping off the couch, emulating them! I started learning karate and gymnastics at around age six.

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An Interview with RKC Instructor and Gym Owner Robin Sinclear

I learned some great basics from the start and fell in love with the training right away. It was so different than the bodybuilding training I'd done before.

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An Interview with Katie Petersen, RKC-II: From Figure Competitor to Kettlebell Coach

Katie Petersen, age 30, of Chicago is a Loyola University graduate and a former nationally-ranked Figure competitor. She placed in the top five in 2011 and went on to prepare other competitors to reach the national level.

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An Interview with Fredrik Högström, Senior RKC and PCC Instructor

I started Kettlebell Center with the goal of providing kettlebell training for everybody.

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An Interview with Dr. Patrick Roth, MD, author of The End of Back Pain

I started to read about back strengthening and kettlebells, then tried it on myself before trying it with my more ambitious patients. The vast majority of the patients who had the nerve to try it, benefitted from the training.

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An Interview with Susan Sloan, RKC Instructor

Laurel introduced me to kettlebells, and I fell in love with them from day one. Even though I could barely use them at first because I was so overweight and out of shape, I kept trying.

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An Interview with Moritz Rammensee, RKC Team Leader, PCC, CK-FMS, Primal Move Instructor

I realized that the kettlebell and RKC system was very powerful. I like Dragon Door’s current RKC very much, it’s similar to the way I approach my clients.

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An Interview with Florian Kiendl, RKC Team Leader, CK-FMS

I can now do many of the things that I've always wanted to achieve in martial arts because of my kettlebell training. Kettlebell training has helped with roundhouse 360 kicks, and many related moves. I think it also has helped my board breaking—it’s helped with a lot of things!

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Interview with Senior RKC Chris Holder, Head Strength Coach at Cal Poly, Doctor of Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy

I am really excited about the possible opportunities with the RKC, because I feel like I’ve really married the two sides of Dragon Door—I am a hardcore kettlebell guy, a hardcore qigong guy, and I “get it”.

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Interview with Senior RKC Amnon Darsa, Creator of Krav Maga Core

I can incorporate kettlebells into my Krav Maga training. During my combined training, I work on Krav Maga, some heavy bag, some rounds of sparring, and kettlebells for the fitness rounds. Normally, I would need a lot of equipment, because bodyweight exercises are not always the best for this, but the kettlebell is a really good solution.

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Interview with Rolando Garcia III RKC-II, CK-FMS, Manager, Motivational Speaker, and Author of The 4 Competencies Method

In the process of trying to understand what would turn my division around, I had to investigate what really drives the success of a personal trainer. I soon realized that 75% of what drives success in personal training had nothing to do with personal training.

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Interview with Author and Guinness World Record Holder Jon Bruney

Kettlebells had a HUGE part in my training because they really teach the body how to absorb impact like nothing else. There's something about the plyometric acceleration and deceleration especially. I did a lot of really heavy swings as well as...

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Interview with Steven Graves, RKC, PCC, and Primal Move Instructor

I think my body is now more powerful, explosive and stable than ever before. After 3 years of kettlebell training, I´m able to maintain my strength and conditioning level with a minimum amount of workout time.

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC Team Leader, Darius Gilbert

Being an athlete I know when something feels right, and kettlebell training felt great. I still feel just as strong, explosive, and capable of doing many of the same things I did when I played football at the University of Virginia. I know I’m training the right way because at age 40 I can still keep up with the 18 year old kids we train, and still dunk a basketball.

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Dragon Door Interviews PCC and RKC Instructor, Malin Kirjonen

Now, I have found my true sport with calisthenics and kettlebell training. These practices make me strong, balanced, and super fit. It’s hard to believe, but I am much stronger and more explosive today than I was while boxing in Australia.

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Dragon Door Interviews Rob Exline, RKC-II

I really enjoy training regular people—I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing someone who starts off as unable to chew gum and walk at the same time, then after training with us they have amazingly high-level skills just from practicing what we’ve coached and taught here.

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC Team Leader Aaron Pierson

I’m 38 and have been in the EMS field for ten years and into kettlebells for about five years. I don't have the back issues that many of the EMS guys have. Kettlebells have allowed me to put on healthy weight. The combination of barbell and kettlebell training has also increased my fitness level considerably.​

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC Team Leader, Robert Miller

When I found Dragon Door, I knew I wanted to be an RKC. Going to the RKC was an enlightening experience—I realized I had to go back to the drawing board.

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Dragon Door Interviews Pro MMA Fighter and RKC Instructor Mike Medrano

Kettlebells really work perfectly for MMA—I can use my energy to work on my conditioning and strength without getting big. And it is safer, so it matches up perfectly.

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Dragon Door Interviews Jimmy Halverson, PCC Instructor, Yoga Instructor and Chef

Because I work seven days a week, my practice right now is yoga and bodyweight exercises. The more time you can spend in your body the more you cultivate a sense of knowing which brings a sense of empowerment.​

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Dragon Door Interviews Luke Tipple, RKC-II, Asst Olympic Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ohio State University

I first saw kettlebells back in 1998-99 as an undergraduate. During my Junior and Senior years, I interned with a chiropractic doctor who worked out with them. At the time, I only had very basic ideas about kettlebell swings. In 2005, when I became more involved in the collegiate strength and conditioning field, I started learning a lot more about kettlebells and have continued to learn more over the past 8 years.

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Dragon Door Interviews Frank Williams, PCC and HKC Instructor

Kettlebells, calisthenics and TRX are the best tools for what I'm doing. They support my whole training philosophy which is to keep trying to move better, eat healthy food, and always try to make yourself a little stronger and more flexible. I really have no interest in going back to big gyms again.

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Dragon Door Interviews Tanner Martty, PCC Instructor

I’ve tried many different types of physical training starting off with basketball when I was a kid, then Olympic wrestling, bodybuilding, kettlebells, before coming back to calisthenics...

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Dragon Door Interviews David Leddick, RKC Instructor and Dragon Door Dealer

At the time of the RKC workshop, I wasn't even planning to open a gym. I owned a moving company and had been running it for a while. Afterwards I realized that being a kettlebell instructor was something I wanted to turn into a career.

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Dragon Door Interviews Laura Robertson, RKCII, CK-FMS, PCC Instructor

My instructor—a professional BMX rider—said, "You have to find your right group of kids." When I think about all the personal training and instructor certifications I've completed, I feel like I have found my “right group of kids” whenever I come to a Dragon Door workshop.

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Dragon Door Interviews Nick Kenon, PCC Instructor

I think personal trainers seem to evolve a training style because our industry is so much about learning—as we learn more, we adapt our style. I've really started getting more and more focused on the movement aspects of fitness and less on the “fitness” aspect of fitness.

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Dragon Door Interviews Anthony Moro, RKC Instructor

I first saw them eight years ago during Recon Training in the Marine Corps. They introduced me to kettlebells even though I learned to swing them a different way. Then I kept meeting awesome people who really kept me interested in the RKC. The kettlebell swing really builds a true athlete.

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Dragon Door Interviews PCC Instructor Dr. Lance Monteau, MD

When I came across the PCC system, it all fit. It's what I’ve spent 30 years looking for, and now I have it. It’s unlike anything else. So I ended up going to the PCC Workshop and even though I was already progressing, now I've gone from the stairs to the elevator! It’s been like a dream since I went to the PCC—the jumps I make every time along with how much easier the exercises are on a weekly basis. I’m really amazed. This is really it—what I dreamed about for all those years.

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Dragon Door Interviews Internet Fitness Personality Zuzka Light, RKC

I started blogging about my own workouts and have been trying to improve ever since. I really fell in love with kettlebells because they were very "outside of the box" and really rough around the edges—which is something I really like. Kettlebells are awesome and can be really safe but only if you know exactly what you’re doing. What really motivates me are the people who are getting great results because of my videos and blog.

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Dragon Door Interviews Corey Howard, RKC, CK-FMS, and PCC Instructor

Now that I'm almost 40, I am more concerned with quality of life. Calisthenics were naturally the answer, because I'm not about to quit working out. I'm adding strength through handstand push-up positions and working on my levers. All of them have helped me link myself together, and shore up the weak links.

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Dragon Door Interviews Matt Maher, RKC Team Leader

The speed and explosive strength developed from kettlebell movements really carries over to the deadlift, and I use many of the lifts as accessory lifts in my training templates. The way I train myself is similar to my approach with personal training clients. I think I've been successfully able to mesh the RKC system, FMS, and even Westside Barbell concepts to make my clients strong and healthy.

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Dragon Door Interviews PCC Instructor Benji Williford

I was looking for safe ways to work out by using the body in an efficient, functional way and which would build a strong healthy body for life. I was really interested in the PCC because the books I had from Dragon Door are top-notch. For many people at the PCC what might have seemed unattainable either happened or now seems like it is within their reach. It’s such an amazing experience to watch someone achieve a feat that they deemed impossible.

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Dragon Door Interviews Jack Arnow

Jasper said, “You’re a natural.” At the time, I didn’t know what he meant by that, but I never forgot it. I just kept practicing and practicing. From age 16 to about 35 I would do 3 sets of one arm chins a day for 4, 5 days a week, and often did 16 alternate one-arm chins in a set—which comes out to about 50 reps a day for years. Most people will never do that many in their whole life.

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC and PCC Team Leader Angelo Gala

I'll never forget my first experience. I remember thinking that 16kg sounded really light... but I was soaked in sweat after just 10 minutes. I absolutely fell in love with the amount of focus required for these super-technical movements. I feel unique because I was able to maintain a high level of strength and flexibility throughout my whole endurance building process. My strength is in having and being able to share a diverse background in all aspects of fitness.

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Dragon Door Interviews PCC Instructor Matt Schifferle

I've always wanted to feel secure in knowing that I can continue to practice and advance in training no matter what is happening in my life—no matter where I live. The PCC exploded everything for me. Since the workshop which was about a month ago, I've put on about four pounds of muscle just using some of what I learned. Weakness can't hide when you're working on Progressive Calisthenics. ​

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Dragon Door Interviews Josh Henkin, Senior RKC and Creator of the Ultimate Sandbag and Dynamic Variable Resistance Training Systems

Jul 25, 2013 11:41 PM

Josh Henkin: I've always enjoyed being around athletics, even if I knew that I wasn't going to be a professional athlete. So, the field of strength and conditioning was one of the coolest ways to have an active part in the development of athletes. After the RKC, I understood how to integrate the body more efficiently. It gave me a broader scope of looking at all movement patterns differently—really emphasizing that we are trying to achieve a specific movement with every exercise.

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Dragon Door Interviews Iron Maiden Beth Andrews, Senior RKC and PCC Instructor

Jul 19, 2013 03:30 PM

Beth Andrews: Quality movement must be established first, before you can truly unleash your strength. My advice is to build a solid strength base first, be patient with the progressions, and don’t try to mix the Iron Maiden goal with other goals. I gave up everything that didn't feed into the three lifts, and added FMS corrective/mobility drills. The PCC was amazing. I thought it set the stage for a new direction for the RKC too. The new RKC has community, support, and great energy.

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Dragon Door Interviews Ken Stewart, RKC2, CK-FMS

Jul 12, 2013 03:30 PM

Ken Stewart: My family's history of eating habits and being sedentary has led me to doing what I'm doing. At my mother's funeral, my grandmother had a heart attack and passed away right at the gravesite... ...that was my turning point. We've had to ease people into kettlebell training because it can be intimidating. In our facility, there's nothing but kettlebells, rowers, and...

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Dragon Door Interviews Jordan Rubin, Best-Selling Author and Founder of Beyond Organic

Jul 05, 2013 03:50 PM

Jordan Rubin: Since no one could produce foods to our quality standards and specifications for our meat and dairy, we decided to control the entire supply chain. Our EA Live foods were really my saving grace. The enzyme activation process (EA Live) basically creates some of the healthiest, most nutrient dense foods on the planet, and makes them more available to the body.

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Dragon Door Interviews Senior PCC Instructor and Author, Steven Low

Jun 28, 2013 03:50 PM

Steven Low: PCC instructors come from a diverse set of backgrounds, but we bond because of the commonalities we see in all exercises. We aren't training people to be gymnasts, break dancers, or martial artists; we are teaching them how to use their body to get stronger and healthier. I feel like most people are naturally drawn to bodyweight exercises. Movement is life. Bodyweight exercise and gymnastics training takes us back to many fundamental movements....

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC and Beast Tamer, Jason Kapnick

Jun 15, 2013 04:00 PM

Jason Kapnick: The RKC community has left many clues about its very successful training methodology. I've wanted to do the RKC workshop for at least four years. When it comes to movements like a pistol, I just had to fix the weakest link, because my body could already handle the strength aspect of it. The RKC principles have been a big part of what I’ve been doing for the past year and half. ​

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Dragon Door Interviews Author and Strongman Jon Bruney

Jun 07, 2013 04:00 PM

Jon Bruney: I’ve always been a good speaker because I’m also a pastor. NeuroMass isn't just about athletic training—it’s about training the whole person, mind, body, and diet. Everybody can benefit from that. I think athleticism comes from practicing different styles of movement at the same intensity during a workout. Neuro-Mass is something totally unique and new, it’s not a re-read of old stuff.​

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Dragon Door Interviews Elliot Hulse

May 24, 2013 04:00 PM

Elliot Hulse: I'd watch him (Elliot's uncle) do standing back flips, all kinds of calisthenics, and chop bricks with his hands in my parents' basement. He was literally like superman.We became some of the best athletes in our elementary and middle schools growing up. I developed what I now call the Four Layers of Strength. When you maximize all four layers, you can truly become the strongest version of yourself.

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Dragon Door Interviews Danny Kavadlo

May 24, 2013 04:00 PM

Danny Kavadlo: I got started with fitness when I was about 11 years old. My older brother was a big influence. (Al's my younger brother.) We started with all the basics, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups—even though I don’t do sit-ups now—and progressed into dips, squats, etc. We really got into it in a noncompetitive way, essentially we just wanted to get stronger and improve ourselves physically. At the time we didn't know any other ways to go about it. When I got a little bit older...

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Dragon Door Interviews Andrea Du Cane, Master RKC

May 10, 2013 10:30 AM

Andrea Du Cane: Working with kettlebells is also incredibly empowering. Introducing women to kettlebells was a big goal of mine. Then as I started working with de-conditioned populations I realized how much kettlebell training could change people’s lives.

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC Team Leader Matt Beecroft, CK-FMS

May 10, 2013 10:30 AM

Matt Beecroft: On a whim I jumped on a plane for 28 hours from Australia and did the RKC workshop without any formal training. Now, I train an eighty-four year old with Parkinson’s, guys who are prepping to fight in the ring, and everyone in between. Lawyers, dentists, professionals, trainers—it's a big cross-section .The kettlebell is an amazing tool, but what grabbed me was the leadership, coaching, and the system of the RKC that surrounds the kettlebell.

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Dragon Door Interviews Master RKC, Max Shank about the Highland Games Regional Championship

Apr 19, 2013 10:30 AM

Max Shank: I think the Highland Games are really great, honestly. It's such a good outlet for someone who's built up a level of explosiveness from kettlebell swings. With just a little extra time in training, you can have a really good time competing. Everyone is really nice, and you're almost certain to be one of most in-shape people participating.

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Dragon Door Interviews Steven Head, HKC

Apr 19, 2013 10:30 AM

Steven Head: Playing baseball is my passion and the focus of my conditioning—almost everything in my own training is aimed at improving my conditioning for baseball. And, all of the HKC skills are essential for my strength, conditioning, and injury prevention. Even though I'm 55 years old and playing on a 25 and over team, I can keep up with my teammates and opponents. Many of them are half my age! I play second base, third base and shortstop.

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Dragon Door Interviews Joseph Morstad, RKC

Apr 19, 2013 10:30 AM

Joseph Morstad: With my IBD flare and hospital visit in January of this year, I was unable to eat, incredibly weak, and fatigued. When I came back I started with parts of the Turkish get up. I'd start on my back rolling to pressing the kettlebell overhead. Core and glute exercises were very helpful. Passing the RKC in August showed me that I was strong. I really believe that experience stayed with me and helped me through my IBD recovery in January of this year.

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Dragon Door Interviews Beth Andrews, RKC

Apr 12, 2013 10:30 AM

Beth Andrews: I started with small kettlebells, a 4kg and an 8kg—only 10lbs and 18lbs—but I was in total shock. I've been lifting for a long time as well as training people in a gym for years. It was hard to believe that a little bitty weight kicked my butt. After switching to just kettlebells for about eight months, I went back to bench press and found I could do sets of five with my previous max. ​

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Dragon Door Interviews Kim Vigsbo, RKC Team Leader

Mar 29, 2013 10:30 AM

Kim Vigsbo: You need to be safe and execute good form, but I want to bring the love and joy for kettlebells. I love simplicity. I want to show people that just because I'm over 50 years old, I'm not done training or taking care of myself. My fiancée is 55 years old, and is one of the strongest women I know. I’m eating and training right—there’s a reason I look the way I do at 54.

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Dragon Door Interviews Helder Gomes, RKC

Mar 29, 2013 10:30 AM

Helder Gomes: Being in the computer business, I was very familiar with the internet, and stumbled across someone using kettlebells. This person had many previous injuries, was older than me, and was doing things I never imagined I could do as a Marine, let alone as a disabled veteran. Of course, I was curious and soon found Dragon Door and the RKC.

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Dragon Door Interviews Elliot Newman

Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Dragon Door: How did you get started with health and fitness? Elliot Newman: Ever since I was about 15, I’ve been very interested in training and health. Over the years, I’ve tried a lot of different things. From a training perspective, I started out with bodybuilding but discovered it wasn't fulfilling for me, so I moved onto powerlifting a few years later. I've also tried many different approaches to eating. In the past few years I’ve educated myself greatly on the subjects of nutrition​

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Dragon Door Interviews Master RKC Thomas Phillips

Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Dragon Door: When did you first become interested in fitness? Thomas Phillips: I've been an athlete since I was eight years old. So fitness and competition have always been a huge part of my life. I still compete in natural bodybuilding, power lifting, and jujitsu.

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Dragon Door Interviews Laurel Blackburn RKC Team Leader

Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Laurel Blackburn: That’s another great thing about kettlebells, the time doesn't have to be split between cardio and strength training. Instead of spending an hour or two at the gym like I used to when I was bodybuilding, I only need 30 minutes. After a short kettlebell workout, my shoulders are pumped, my arms are pumped, and my heart is pounding out of my chest.

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Dragon Door Interviews Ryan Karas, RKC

Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Ryan Karas: It's very humbling to feel like I've been blessed with the opportunity to teach people how to change their lives when 20 months ago, I was in a place of complete helplessness.

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Dragon Door Interviews AJ Roberts

Feb 16, 2013 11:30 AM

Dragon Door: You originally came over from the UK on a basketball scholarship? AJ Roberts: Yes. I came over as an international exchange student, mainly to play basketball.

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Dragon Door Interviews Master RKC Keira Newton

Feb 13, 2013 04:27 PM

Dragon Door: Earlier, you mentioned your husband also trains with kettlebells, did he introduce them to you? Keira Newton: My husband had learned about kettlebells from somebody who was self-taught and thought they knew what to do, even if that wasn't the case. But, my husband was really into it. I thought what he was doing was really bizarre and looked weird—I even used to tease him about it!

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Dragon Door Interviews Senior RKC Andrew Read, Dragon Door Australia

Feb 06, 2013 05:27 PM

Dragon Door: How did you first discover kettlebells in Australia? Andrew Read: I had some shoulder problems and was trying all kinds of things to avoid surgery. I looked at many training methods like unstable training, TRX, push up variations, and eventually learned a little about about kettlebells. About six months later....

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Dragon Door Interviews Senior RKC Robert Rimoczi

Jan 30, 2013 05:27 PM

Dragon Door: How did you first discover kettlebells? Robert Rimoczi: In 2007, someone on my internet forum wrote about the incredible results that could be achieved with kettlebells. I watched several videos and quickly understood some advantages of training with them. My friends are probably still laughing about my first forum comment about kettlebells, it was something like, "That's great, and there's definitely a lot I want to learn, but I think that two 48 kg (the largest Dragon Door...

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Dragon Door Interviews Gus Petersen, RKC, CICS, and Creator of the K.A.T Fitness System

Dec 25, 2012 07:37 PM

Dragon Door: How were you introduced to kettlebells? Gus Petersen: In 2003, I borrowed Power to the People from a friend and was amazed at the body tension and power-breathing concepts. Right away, I realized these simple techniques would make a profound difference in my strength training. Even though kettlebells weren't in the text, I saw an ad for them at the back of the book and ordered a few. In 2004, I became an RKC certified instructor.

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Dragon Door Interviews RKC Team Leader Mark Bixby

Dec 25, 2012 07:37 PM

Dragon Door: You mentioned finding kettlebells in an unusual way, can you share that with us? Mark Bixby: I was working on my undergraduate degree in philosophy and English in Austin, Texas while working my way through school in a restaurant. I started working in kitchens at the age of 15, and began cooking as a sous chef for a small Mexican/Caribbean cuisine restaurant at 18. After graduation....​

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Dragon Door Interviews Mike Krivka, RKC Team Leader

Dec 17, 2012 08:14 PM

Dragon Door: How did you find kettlebells? Mike Krivka: I first saw kettlebells back in 1986 at the Russian Embassy in downtown Washington, D.C. I was learning Sambo from a bunch of really grizzly old Afghan vets who worked as spooks and spies. Previously, I had studied Judo and Jujitsu, but wanted to learn Sambo, because of the emphasis on ankle or knee locks to disable the opponent. At the Embassy, I noticed some kettlebells sitting in the corner, though at the time I had no idea...

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Dragon Door Interviews Master RKC Phil Ross

Dec 05, 2012 10:45 PM

Did you originally try kettlebells because of your martial arts studies? Phil Ross: I'm always looking for the best things available as far as training goes, especially concerning martial arts. I first heard about kettlebells at Frank Shamrock's place in the Summer of 2005. He mentioned that he knew someone in San Jose who was training with these cool things called kettlebells. So, he showed me...​

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An interview with Mike Gillette on the Genesis of his new Dragon Door Certification program, Mental Mastery

Oct 08, 2012 06:00 PM

Dragon Door: How did you first become involved in the mental aspect of training? Mike Gillette: I had been involved in law enforcement training for several years. In the mid 1990s, I was primarily teaching in an academy environment. The curriculum was use of force topics—the various tools and techniques law enforcement and corrections officers use to motivate better decision making. Intermediate weapons like batons, chemical sprays, and empty hand techniques each have their own...

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Dragon Door Interviews Jeff Fish, Director of Athletic Performance - Atlanta Falcons

Sep 29, 2012 08:48 PM

Dragon Door: Given your extensive experience coaching strength and conditioning, what led you to try kettlebell training with your athletes? Jeff Fish: I began researching the role of movement-based methodology in the early 2000's and was fortunate to meet Pavel in 2005. I learned a great deal from him—this was the first obtainable information I found for implementing kettlebells in a workout plan. At the time, there was very little information available on safe, proper kettlebell technique

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Dragon Door Interviews Rachel Cosgrove, RKC

Sep 26, 2012 02:40 PM

Dragon Door: What inspired you to try kettle bells? Rachel Cosgrove: I’ve actually been training with them for a while. I took a different kettlebell certification about six years ago, and we’ve been using them with our clients at the gym ever since—they’re really a fantastic tool. I had heard a lot about the HKC, RKC, and already knew Brett Jones and Pavel—we have spent some time with them in the past. Since we use the FMS as our primary screening tool, when Gray Cook got into kettlebells...

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Dragon Door Interviews Tom Davin, CEO of 5.11 Tactical, RKC

Sep 12, 2012 04:30 PM

Dragon Door: When did you first try kettlebell training? Tom Davin: About 10 years ago, when I was chief executive of Spectrum Health Clubs, I first became aware of kettlebells, but really didn’t know how to use them. In terms of actually using kettlebells as a fitness tool, it was after earning my CrossFit Level 1 certification that I wanted to learn more. I met Jeff Martone who said, “You gotta do RKC.” That started me on the journey. About two years ago...

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Dragon Door Interviews Peter Lakatos, Master RKC, Creator of Primal Move

Aug 20, 2012 02:40 PM

Dragon Door: What inspired you to develop Primal Move? Peter Lakatos: The story goes back to when I was a kid. It was very important for Hungary and the smaller communist countries to perform well at the Olympics. They believed a great Olympic team would show the world that they were doing well. Hungary's program chose children for every sport. I was picked for swimming at age four—by age five, I had five swimming training sessions per week until I was picked for traditional European...

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Dragon Door Interviews Senior RKC, Max Shank

Aug 15, 2012 09:30 PM

Dragon Door: I've been told that you're only 25 years old. As much as you’ve bragged about “being lazy,” you've accomplished a lot in a short period of time! Can you tell me about your work ethic? Max Shank: I’ve had a job or multiple jobs since I was 12 and I haven’t had a week without a job since then. I am actually pretty lazy with my training, I’ll just lift something heavy and then rest for a while before doing it again. Dragon Door: When did you become interested in fitness?

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Dragon Door Interviews Valerie Hedlund, RKC II, and Iron Maiden

Aug 07, 2012 10:00 PM

Dragon Door: How did Iron Maiden,Valerie Hedlund start training with kettlebells? Valerie Hedlund: I originally found them in 2008 at a two day NSCA conference I was attending for continuing education. Well, I guess I first found them through Anthony Deluglio. After seeing him present at the NSCA, I bought my first bright green kettlebell right then and there. I went to many more presentations at the conference, then saw that the NSCA was offering a one day workshop with Pavel. I remember...​

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Dragon Door Interviews Gabriella Katschthaler, RKC Team Leader, CK-FMS

Aug 07, 2012 07:50 PM

Dragon Door: How did you first discover kettlebells in Hungary? Gabi Katschthaler: It’s a long but interesting story. My kids decided that they wanted to study and train in Kyokushin karate. I went with them and was curious after seeing some of the weird looking (to me at the time) stretches they were practicing. On an internet search, I found the book Relax Into Stretch by Pavel Tsatsouline. After looking at just the first few pages, I immediately had to find and read everything else he h

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Dragon Door Interviews Sean Greeley, RKCII, President & CEO of NPE

Jul 18, 2012 07:00 PM

Dragon Door: When did you first discover kettlebells? Sean Greeley: I first discovered kettlebells through Dragon Door and John Du Cane. I met John and Nicole in Cleveland at Dan Kennedy's Influential Writing workshop in 2007. It was a small group of 15 primaries for a three-day event. I’d heard of Dragon Door and Pavel Tsatsouline, but didn't know much about the company. After being paired up with John and Nicole for parts of the workshop, they told me about Dragon Door. I'm a wakeboarder​

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Dragon Door Interviews Master RKC, Iron Tamer David Whitley

May 02, 2012 09:30 PM

Dragon Door: How did you originally find kettlebell training? David Whitley: In 2002, I was a massage therapist and trained “normally” in a gym. One of my clients bought a 16kg kettlebell and asked if I knew anything about it. Around the same time I read an article that Pavel wrote in Muscle Media. Next to the article was a full-page ad for the original RKC book and Dragon Door kettlebells. I didn't know much about them but I had seen kettlebells in pictures with old-time strongmen...

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Dragon Door Interviews Al Kavadlo

Apr 19, 2012 04:30 PM

Dragon Door: What originally attracted you to pull-up bar calisthenics? Al Kavadlo: As a teenager, pull-ups were the first exercise that I really caught my interest. I never thought they would lead to a career path, it was just fun. I feel really lucky that I can help people with their fitness, because I really feel passionately about it.

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Dragon Door Interviews Paul “Coach” Wade

Apr 18, 2012 10:00 PM

Almost reluctantly, Paul Wade agreed to be interviewed via email. Normally he doesn't grant interviews, but made an exception this once. We had a great email conversation, most of which is represented below.

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Managing Injury, Improving Fundamental Movement and Building Strength—Through Tai Chi, FMS and the RKC

Jan 24, 2012 07:00 PM

Dragon Door: Dr. Mark Cheng, it's good to talk to you. How did you first discover kettlebells? Dr. Mark Cheng: I first discovered kettlebells through one of my patients, a gentleman by the name of Dan Inosanto. He's the senior most student of Bruce Lee. One of his senior students (an RKC) set up a training session for him to train with Pavel. Inosanto asked me, "Doc, would you mind coming to this workout—one of my students arranged a workout with a Russian weightlifting coach...

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How to Get Stronger and Stronger and Stronger—By Building a Safer, More Scientific Foundation for Effective Movement

Dec 14, 2011 11:00 PM

Dragon Door: How did you first get involved with fitness and movement? Brett Jones: I have a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Highpoint University, and was a graduate assistant athletic trainer (and an ATC certified athletic trainer through the NATA) at Clarion University in Pennsylvania. I completed my graduate degree in 1995 and took my first job as an athletic trainer at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. That’s Gray Cook's hometown. He had just moved home and...

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The birth of the Functional Movement Screen—and how and why it is the perfect complement to the RKC School of Strength

Nov 30, 2011 04:00 PM

Dragon Door: How did you get started with CK-FMS? Gray Cook: In undergraduate school, I had a major and two minors—studying sports medicine as my degree along with exercise physiology, athletic training, and psychology. I always had the intention of becoming a physician or physical therapist. But the more I studied, physical therapy seemed to be a lot more in line with what I wanted to do. I wasn’t really interested in the chemical/pharmaceutical approach, I wanted to learn how to...

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45 Seconds, 1 Kettlebell Exercise and a 37% Boost in Power—Senior RKC Secrets from the Frozen Tundra

Nov 19, 2011 12:00 AM

Jon Engum: I discovered kettlebells through flexibility training. I’ve been a martial artist since age 8, and opened my own gym in 1991. I got my first black belt at the age of 12. It’s all I do, it’s all I’ve been doing, it’s all I know. Dragon Door: What style of martial arts? Jon Engum: Tae Kwon Do, Korean style martial arts... I study three different ones. Early in my career I was a competitor and I liken it to being a rodeo cowboy. You train really hard all week long, then travel...

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How a 44-Year Old Chiro Beats the Butts Off 22-Year Olds in Semi-Pro Football—And Other Tales of Kettlebell Power and Glory…

Nov 10, 2011 04:00 PM

Dragon Door: How did you discover kettlebells? Dr. Michael Hartle: Through a colleague in the strength and conditioning world. We talked about it and he had mentioned Dragon Door, so I looked into it around 2002-2003. I bought a 16kg and a 24kg, then they sat in my gym. I have my own facility for physical therapy and rehab with our patients; it also doubles as our training center. The kettlebells sat in the corner gathering dust...

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How a self-styled “corporate thug” restored his wrecked body with kettlebells —and became a force for change in worlds as disparate as Camp Pendleton and the hallowed halls of Western medicine…

Oct 07, 2011 10:00 PM

Dragon Door: Mark Toomey, Sr. RKC – how did you find the RKC? Mark Toomey: I found the RKC through Qigong with John Du Cane. In the latter part of my 40’s I had a corporate gig: internal security and executive protection. But had a completely dysfunctional body. I had been a typical gym rat, wore the wrist wrap gloves for bicep day - which was every other day. I was hurting, in constant pain. Someone suggested I learn Qigong, I did a search and found Dragon Door. That's when I saw these...

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How a Leading Krav Maga Instructor used RKC and Kettlebells to Excel as a Fighter

Sep 27, 2011 12:00 AM

“I've never seen such big changes in physical development as I have got with kettlebells.”

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How an injury-devastated weakling — who needed his wife's help to walk across the room — gained a complete recovery into full-performance strength

Jan 18, 2011 04:34 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Steve Freides

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Why a high school PE instructor and champion weightlifter loves kettlebells: "My goal is kettlebells in every high school."

Jan 18, 2011 04:30 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Coach Mike Burgener

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On the road again: how "the rockstar's trucker" maintains dynamic strength and beats the long-haul blues with a steady mix of kettlebell grooves

Jan 18, 2011 04:27 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Paul Arnold

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How a weak, deskbound computer jockey transformed into an elite kettlebell strength athlete

Jan 18, 2011 04:26 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Rob Lawrence

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How a self-defense combat specialist uses kettlebell training for strength and explosive power

Jan 18, 2011 04:24 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Tim Larkin

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How a retired South African police officer has lost fat and gained strength with kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 04:22 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Albie Wentzel

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How a professional boxer has gained a sharper edge with kettlebell training for strength and conditioning

Jan 18, 2011 04:21 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Shaun Creegan

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How kettlebells provide the ultimate strength and conditioning program for firefighters

Jan 18, 2011 04:19 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Tom Corrigan

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How an international gymnastic coach gained new vitality and strength with kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 04:18 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Pat Henderson

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How a fitness trainer and flight attendant uses kettlebells to help women get stronger, more flexible, leaner and better conditioned - without bulking up

Jan 18, 2011 04:16 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Susan Himsel

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How a college strength and conditioning coach uses kettlebells to improve his athletes' performance

Jan 18, 2011 04:13 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Coach Ethan Reeve

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Greco-Roman Olympic silver medalist and chiropractor discusses the many advantages of kettlebell training

Jan 18, 2011 04:11 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Dr. Dennis Koslowski

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Taking Kettlebells to Hollywood… to Major Athletes… And to the Average Woman

Jan 18, 2011 03:48 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Missy Beaver

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How A Personal Trainer Turned His Life Around With Qigong and Kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 03:47 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Ron Morris

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Fitness club manager, Brett Jones, his wife, and his Marine Corps brother transform themselves with the magic of kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 03:47 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Brett Jones

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The Power of Iron: Martial Artist and Blacksmith, John Heinz Discusses the Kettlebells' Contribution to His Shim Gum Do—and to the Rehabilitation of Old Injuries

Jan 18, 2011 03:46 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with John Heinz

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From Gymnastics… to Bodybuilding… to Powerlifting… to Russian Kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 03:44 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Mark Reifkind

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A chiropractor discusses how he uses kettlebells as both a diagnostic and therapeutic tool with his patients — and how he personally transformed his body and his energy with kettlebells.

Jan 18, 2011 03:44 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Dr. Kevin Cooper

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Russian National Junior Team swimmer and former dancer moves to England — and discovers the shape-changing power and strength-generating benefits of the kettlebell

Jan 18, 2011 03:42 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Svetlana Writtle

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How Kettlebell Training Can Enhance a Platform Diver's Performance

Jan 18, 2011 03:40 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Samantha Young

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Medical doctor Kristann Heinz sees kettlebells as premier exercise tool to combat America's obesity epidemic — and a perfect way for busy mothers to stay fit by working out at home

Jan 18, 2011 03:40 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Kristann Heinz

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World Super Heavyweight Powerlifting Champion, Donnie Thompson, Sees Kettlebells As Key For Gaining Performance Edge In All Sports

Jan 18, 2011 03:39 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Donnie Thompson

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Former US Marine, Will Williams, Launches Career as Personal Trainer… With Russian Kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 03:37 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Will Williams

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How Chiropractor and ART Practitioner Glenn Hyman Helps Athletes Rehab with Kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 03:36 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Glenn Hyman

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7-Time World Amateur Light Heavyweight Kickboxing Champion, Kurt Pitman, Discusses Kettlebell Training for Fighters and Professional Hockey Players

Jan 18, 2011 03:34 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Kurt Pitman

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Kettlebells, Rehab and Working with the SEALs

Jan 18, 2011 03:32 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Melanie Simon

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How to Smoke a 700 Lbs Lift, Breeze Through a 26-Mile Marathon and Jump Into a Full Splits — On the Same Day

Jan 18, 2011 03:31 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Bud Jeffries

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Former Canadian Police Officer Tricia Dong, RKC Talks About Lighting Up Vancouver… Kettlebell-Style

Jan 18, 2011 03:30 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Tricia Dong

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Former NFL Linebacker Carlos Bradley, RKC on The Explosive Power of Kettlebells for Football, Basketball and Other Major Sports

Jan 18, 2011 03:28 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Carlos Bradley

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The RKC: Adding Tools to Your Toolbox—And Knowing How to Use Them—To Reach the Highest Levels of Physical Performance

Jan 18, 2011 03:27 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Chip Morton

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Kettlebells as the "Fountain of Youth"

Jan 18, 2011 03:24 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Sam Robards

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How to Score More in Soccer by Training with Kettlebells

Jan 18, 2011 03:05 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Julian Monk

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How kettlebells helped John Rock increase his personal training income by 65% in a two-year period

Jan 18, 2011 03:02 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with John Rock

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Indianapolis Colts Strength & Conditioning Coach, Jon Torine Discusses Kettlebells and CK-FMS

Jan 18, 2011 03:00 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Jon Torine

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How Kettlebells Helped Cynthia Edwards Lose 135 Pounds

Jan 18, 2011 02:50 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Cynthia Edwards

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Surviving the Challenge of the RKC: Mike Robertson

Jan 18, 2011 02:46 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Mike Robertson

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"People's Captain" Tames The BEAST—Lives Life Hard, Full and Furious…

Jan 17, 2011 11:24 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Thomas Phillips

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King of the Redwoods Defeats the BEAST

Jan 17, 2011 11:17 PM

A kettlebell success story interview with Russell Jodrey

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