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Just wanted to take the time to clear up a few things about our services that we provide here at SG Human Performance.  Besides the team/business training/workshops, RKC/HKC prep sessions and some semi private personal training sessions, the majority of our business is our kettlebell bootcamps.  We have been told by many individuals who are interested in our services that the word “bootcamp” is a bit intimidating.  I am here to clear up a few things about our bootcamp and give you our definition.

  • We do not strive to put our bootcamp members through pain and anguish until the point that they throw up
    • For one, pain is your body telling you that something is not going right.  Either there is damage to an area or joint that needs to be addressed or more than likely that your technique is off.  At SGHP we strive on proper technique.  We take the time to perform a functional movement screen at orientation and throughout your membership to make sure we understand how your body moves and what we can do to get you to move better.  You move better = no pain with movement = better workout = less prone to injury.  If the exercise causes pain, then we modify the exercise for the individual.
    • We ask our members as Master RKC Geoff Neupert would say it “manage your fatigue”.  You get tired to the point that your technique fades, then rest.  We stress QUALITY over QUANTITY.  Believe it or not, your body will get a better workout out of 5 terrific push ups over a period of time with rest in between then doing 30 continuous crappy push ups.
    • Here is a good article by RKC Team Leader, Delaine Ross titled “Why working out too hard is counterproductive”
  • We do not have you perform crazy hard exercises from day 1
    • As for every proper strength and conditioning program there has to be a proper progression through the program.  We determine what your level is and have you work at that level until you begin to understand how your body is supposed to move.  Then we progress you and challenge you accordingly.  We ask our members to find the exercise and progression that challenges them, but is not difficult.  Again Quality of movement is our main goal.  We work our program under the Russian Kettlebell Challenge.  Where kettlebells and other methods of training are only tools to get the proper movement that we want, its the movement that is key.
    • For every exercise we have a progression and a regression for the member to perform based on how they feel during the workout.
    • We provide a free kettlebell orientation that is required by everyone who participates in our bootcamp to attend before beginning actual bootcamp workouts.  I have provided a video of one of our bootcamps below
  • We do not yell and scream at you to get you to workout harder.
    • Who would want someone screaming in your ear?  I sure don’t.
    • We motivate you through encouragement of our instructors and members.  You will be amazed how a team atmosphere in the bootcamp will get you to outperform what you originally thought you could.
    • The only thing that may cause a tongue lashing is when a member continually performs improper technique.  We state that the exercise begins when the weight is picked up until the end when the weight is set down.  No sloppy technique is tolerated, especially when picking up and putting down the kettlebell.  This is when individuals are more likely to hurt themselves.
  • We do not make you have your picture taken in your underwear.
    • We just don’t believe in it.  If you want to take a picture of yourself at the beginning of your bootcamp and then at the end, be our guest.  The last thing we want to do is promote a before and after picture.  Also we are not big components of total weight lost.
    • What we do is offer to take your body measurements, then every 2 weeks we can remeasure you to keep track of your progress.  We like to measure progress with inches lost, shirt/dress/pant sizes, and how you look and feel!  That is the progress we want to see and like to brag about!
  • We do not make you sign a long-term commitment to our bootcamp
    • Curious about using kettlebells but not ready to make a long-term commitment?  No problem!  We provide kettlebell orientations and 2 weeks of unlimited classes at no charge.  After those 2 weeks if you do not feel that kettlebell bootcamp is the best workout ever, then we will happy send you on your way, no questions asked.
    • We provide 3, 6, & 12 month contracts for you to commit to.  The longer you commit, the cheaper the price.

As Master RKC David Whitley states: “Move Better, Feel Better, Look Better”.  That is our goal.

  1. Get you moving better by using the Functional Movement Screen, Proper training on corrective exercises and technique
  2. Get you feeling better by improving your health, strength and fitness as well as improving your confidence
  3. By doing the 2 listed above, we promise you will look better in many aspects!  We help to reduce body fat by performing your stength and cardio all in one workout.  Some exercises have been proven to burn up to 20 calories a minute!  Don’t believe me then check out the study HERE!
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Hello everyone. We here at SG Human Performance having a very productive off week here at the gym. This is our week to get caught up on some paperwork, review our bootcamps to see how are members are progressing and to re-screen individuals on the functional movement screen.

Every off week we try to offer 1-2 bonus workouts that have a little twist to keep our members guessing. This week’s bonus workout is termed the deck of cards!

We took 2 decks and eliminated all cards with a 9 or 10. (Cards remaining are 2-8, Ace=1, jacks, queens, kings & jokers)Then we set a timer for 30 minutes and instructed the members to pick a card and do the exercise that went along with the suit and the number determined the amount of repetitions. We instructed to chose the weight accordingly to the number of reps requested for them to perform. Quality over quantity and to feel free to take breaks during the exercise and/or the workout itself. Here are the exercises we assigned for the workout according to the cards.

Heart = Kettlebell swing x 2 (example: pull an 8 of hearts and you perform 16 kb swings)

Club = Pushups (these can be performed on the TRX, elevated on anything {we use a tractor tire}, or any type of modification depending on reps needed

Diamond = Goblet Squats

Spade = 1 arm rows (pull a 4 of spades perform 4 reps per side)

Pull a Jack of any suit = use the battling rope for 40 repetitions, don’t have a rope? Do 20 mountain climbers!

Queen = 50 jump ropes of any kind

King = 10 burpees

Joker = 15 double kettlebell swings

Hope everyone is doing fantastic.  Here is our next volume of workout of the week.  Equipment is TRX and a Kettlebell.

Set Gymboss Timer to

:30rest/:30work, 2-3 rounds

4 stations – 2 exercises per station

A) TRX Bridge/TRX Plank

B) Rack Reverse Lunge R/L

C) Renegade Row R/L

D) Double KB Deadlift/Farmers Walks

Rest for a few minutes and let your heartrate come back down a bit.  Then set up as many kettlebells as you have and perform the “circle” so named by Dave Whitley, Master RKC.  Keep Gym Boss timer at :30/:30 and perform a round of swings, move to a different size kettlebell during rest and repeat for 8-12 rounds.  Feel free to put in a round of burpees, jump rope, mountain climbers or if you are so lucky as our members, battling rope!


Today was a very eventful one as my wife and I get up at 5:30am on our anniversary to head out to kettlebell bootcamp.  It was actually a beautiful morning as the temperature was 65 degrees when we started.  We had two new additions to class as well and Nikki and I so David (our instructor) began the class from the very beginning, the anatomy of the swing.  After warm ups we practiced our technique on the swing and David was good at giving us cues to help us perform better.  We also practiced the art of dropping the kettlebell instead of setting it down.

Then we performed a squat ladder with a partner.  Nikki and I both squatted down facing each other and then one of us would thrust our hips forward and stand then back down for a count of one, meanwhile I was in the bottom of my squat until she came back down.  Nik would do 1, then I would do 1, then 2 and 2 and so forth until we got to 5.  I tell you, I was never so happy to squat because the hard part was staying down in the squat for so long with a 16kg kettlebell in my hands.
After that we performed a circuit of push ups for time, 30 sec rest and then kettlebell swings for time and we did 4 rounds of that.  David instructed me that I am using my quads way to much and need to use my glutes way more and reach back.  I will try and get you a video of Nikki and myself doing swings.
All in all great first class, my max heart rate was 189 and my calorie burn was 484.

Today was a very eventful one as my wife and I get up at 5:30am on our anniversary to head out to kettlebell bootcamp.  It was actually a beautiful morning as the temperature was 65 degrees when we started.  We had two new additions to class as well and Nikki and I so David (our instructor) began the class from the very beginning, the anatomy of the swing.  After warm ups we practiced our technique on the swing and David was good at giving us cues to help us perform better.  We also practiced the art of dropping the kettlebell instead of setting it down.

Then we performed a squat ladder with a partner.  Nikki and I both squatted down facing each other and then one of us would thrust our hips forward and stand then back down for a count of one, meanwhile I was in the bottom of my squat until she came back down.  Nik would do 1, then I would do 1, then 2 and 2 and so forth until we got to 5.  I tell you, I was never so happy to squat because the hard part was staying down in the squat for so long with a 16kg kettlebell in my hands.
After that we performed a circuit of push ups for time, 30 sec rest and then kettlebell swings for time and we did 4 rounds of that.  David instructed me that I am using my quads way to much and need to use my glutes way more and reach back.  I will try and get you a video of Nikki and myself doing swings.
All in all great first class, my max heart rate was 189 and my calorie burn was 484.

The wife and I have decided to try something new and join a kettlebell bootcamp.

What is a kettlebell you ask? Well according to http://www.dragondoor.com.


A ‘kettlebell’ or girya (Russ.) is a traditional Russian cast iron weight that looks like a cannonball with a handle. The kettlebell goes way back, it first appeared in a Russian dictionary in 1704 (Cherkikh, 1994). So popular were kettlebells in Tsarist Russia that any strongman or weightlifter was referred to as a girevik, or ‘a kettlebell man’.


I began learning about kettlebells about a year ago and started to investegate them a bit thinking that they would be a fitness craze and not last very long. It got to the point to when Nikki and I moved to Nashville we ended up buying 2 kettlebells from Target, a 16 pound one for me, and an 8 pound one for Nik. The first couple times we used it we could not walk or sit for a few days due to our glutes being so sore. That is a good thing by the way, I was surprised because I thought I had strong glutes, but I was sorely mistaken. We used them now and then but not as much as we should.


So I went to the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) in Boston, MA hosted by Lee Burton and Gray Cook. Come to find out that Gray uses kettlebells for training athletes AS WELL AS using it as a rehabiliation/corrective exercise tool. He showed some pretty cool things and I was very interested to learn more. When I got back to Nashville, I looked up on http://www.dragondoor.com to see who in the area was a Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor (RKC). I was very pleased to find out that one of the RKC Senior Instructors (David Whitley, http://www.irontamer.com) lived here in Nashville and holds a bootcamp three mornings a week. It was also very pleasing to me that he was FMS certified as well. I contacted him about upcoming bootcamps and he invited us out to come to a few morning classes.


The first morning David asked us to come in after class and teach us a few techniques. He spoke with us on how much we knew about kettlebells and we said “a little”. He asked us to show him what we knew and the moves we were comfortable with. We found out a few things: 1) we were using way too light of kettlebells (why you ask? I will tell you more later). 2) our technique was “ok” but we had a lot of practicing to do. We learned how to do a swing properly as well as a “turkish getup”. I tell you, no video or book can compare to having someone right beside you queing you to perform a move better. David was terrific and all the instruction he gave was very informative and he made the instruction session difficult but fun. He invited us back the following week to participate in the actual bootcamp.


The bootcamp the following week was a tough one. We did 10 “deck squats” followed by 10 push ups (see video) as many sets as we could until time was up, then we performed turkish getups 1 rep each side for time, the last thing we did was swings for time followed by a 40 yard run down and back and then repeated for I believe 4 sets. What a workout.


David was great at teaching us the techniques and spotting us if we needed. We signed up for 4 months of bootcamps right then and there.

I plan on once per week updating everyone on how the bootcamp is going. I will try and sneek in some pictures as well as video of Nikki and I here and there if I get a chance. If you are interested in finding a kettlebell instructor, go to http://www.dragondoor.com.


To see some of the techniques performed by David. Check out. http://irontamer.homestead.com/video.html