I started: When I was living in Atlanta after graduating from Georgia Tech, I had a flexible outside sales job and a long distance relationship. That combination meant that there was a lot of free time that I needed to fill. I chose to occupy my free time with frequent trips to the gym. I quickly became addicted and found myself spending 2 hours a day, 6 days a week in the gym. That’s TWELVE HOURS of gym time each week. I thought that I had to go that often to get enough cardio training, plus strength and flexibility training. I bought books on fitness, but they all seemed to contradict each other and nothing really made sense to me. “Fast forward and I am living in San Diego, working 55 hours a week and trying to balance life and job that I didn’t like at all. Needless to say, no matter how much I rearranged my schedule, I didn’t have the 12 hours that I was used to spending at the gym anymore. That is when I heard a local radio station talk about a gym called Iron Core that used these things called ‘kettlebells.’ According to the people interviewed, kettlebells dramatically decreased your time in the gym since the workouts were cardio, strength and flexibility all at the same time. It was too good to be true. I had to check it out for myself. “So, I went down on a Saturday morning for a ‘trial class’ and was amazed at what I discovered. The workout was intense and very different from what I was used to. It was some serious cardio without the boredom of the ‘hamster wheel’ (AKA the treadmill) and strength training without the monotony of isolated repetitions such as bicep curls. It was strength stretching without the endless poses of yoga. The workout was not only comprehensive and intense, but it was a lot of fun! “I went from going to the gym 12 times a week, to taking three 45 minute classes, and yet somehow I found my strength and body composition improving. I wasn’t getting those bulky, beefy muscles that you would think would accompany strength gains, but was getting long, lean lines and definition – all while spending 1/3 of the time in the gym! “I knew within a month that I wanted to be certified to teach and be able to share kettlebells with others. So, I opened Condition Kettlebell Gym in October 2007 and now started this website to help you give kettlebells a try. You, too, can find a challenging workout that is also exciting and fun.
My Goal is: to help people look and feel better than ever with minimal time investment. ”Spend less time in the gym and more time living your life” is our motto.
When I’m not working out I’m…: salsa dancing and working on my info product site AllAboutKettlebells.com
I’m Inspired by: I recently got a chance to meet Rocky Bleier who was drafted by the Steelers in the 60′s and then drafted to Vietnam. He was already the last round draft pick when he was healthy but was wounded in Vietnam. Not only did he rehab those injuries but he became a starter for the Steelers after he came back from war and ended up with 4 Superbowl rings. Don’t give up and don’t believe that you can’t do something because someone says you can’t.
One thing I wish everyone knew about me: That I can sound like an infomercial but truly believe everything I say.