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Hello everyone.  I hope that you and those you care about are doing well.  I wanted to write about kettlebell instructor certifications.  I am only going to speak about the benefits of the Russian Kettlebell Challenge & Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge (Dragon Door) programs because that is what I am certified in.  Since, I have no idea how and what the other certifications entail I am not going to bash or speak of any other kettlebell certification program.  Just not how I like to do things anymore.  I will let you read this post and then make the decision for yourself.

Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification

Russian Kettlebell Challenge Level I Certification

Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist

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THE #1 REASON WHY YOU SHOULD BECOME

A CERTIFIED KETTLEBELL INSTRUCTOR

It will make you a better fitness professional

-Many of you are (or should be) constantly striving to become better, to take yourself as a profesisonal and your business to a higher level.  The RKC system is what you need.  Nowadays people are sick and tired of the gym approach to machine based training, they are tired of not getting the results that they so badly want.  They are looking for something new, exciting, and that EMPOWERS them to be a stronger, healthier person (body, mind, and soul).  This is what the RKC provides.  Many top instructors say, “It is not the kettlebell that delivers what you and your clients need, its the RKC SYSTEM”.  This system provides you the tools necessary to get the most out of your clients.  To get them moving BETTER, with more EFFICIENCY, which corresponds to moving MORE, which means better results.

-The HKC/RKC SYSTEM provides you with the proper tools to develop a solid strength foundation with your clients, understand imbalances and asymmetries and how to correct them with foundational kettlebell drills, and take them metabolically to the next level.  This is why the HKC is a full day of training and you learn the 3 foundational exercises.  That is why the RKC is a full 3 days of drilling, learning, and teaching the exercises that have been shown to produce fantastic results.

-Lets face it, would you take yoga lessons from me if all my “training” included watching a video or DVD?  Would you let me show you how to use a pilates reformer if I have not had extensive training in how to properly use, progress and challenge clients in a safe way?  HECK NO!  Then why would you ever train or want to be trained by someone who is not certified?

-In a world where liability and negligence is on the rise, why would you risk training someone in which you are not certified in?  Some day SOON, there will be a case where a fitness professional gets sued and loses due to not having a kettlebell certification.

-The kettlebell certifications provided by dragon door give you all the tools you need to move you another tier in the levels of fitness professional.  The RKC allows you to get 100% out of every client that comes through your door.  The studies show that the kettlebell swing alone (not including all the other fantastic benefits from the other foundational exercises) takes individuals metabolism to off the charts IF TAUGHT CORRECTLY.  Plus you have to EARN it!  In whatever you have done in your life, you cherish the things that you had to work for.  The HKC/RKC will make you EARN your certification so there will be no doubt in your mind that you are qualified.  Plus, you are allowed to progress within the community from HKC, RKC Level I, CK-FMS and RKC Level II.

-IF you don’t want to take my word for it, look at how many Top Level Fitness Professionals in the world today who have become a part of the RKC and they all came from different aspects/specialities.

The list goes on and on!  Why did all these top notch health & fitness professionals become part of the RKC?  Because they saw and experienced the HUGE benefit that it provided them and their clients.  What more could you ask for?  Here is the HUGE bonus that no one who is not a part of the HKC/RKC community knows about.  The HKC/RKC brother/sisterhood.  I have never been a part of a society that is so SPECIAL as the RKC.  That is why you will see RKC’s get teared up at Dragon Door events when Masters and Senior Level RKCs speak to everyone about what it means to be an RKC.  I look forward to every workshop not only for what I will learn and how it will effect me as a professional but also for the people who mean so much to me that they will help at any and all hours of the day and night to see you succeed.  I truly consider every HKC/RKC I have the pleasure of knowing my family.

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Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification™ (HKC™)

With Pavel Tsatsouline, RCK Chief Instructor, and Master RKCs Andrea Du Cane, Kenneth Jay, Brett Jones, and Mark Reifkind

Saturday, September 26, 2009
8:30am—6:00pm
St. Paul, Minnesota

Attend the HKC and leave with these major advantages:

A deep understanding of the true benefits of kettlebell training—for both yourself and your clients
A solid knowledge of vital kettlebell training safety procedures
A workmanlike grasp of the fundamentals of biomechanics—to ensure your clients move with perfect form and avoid injury
A grasp of the key HardStyle skills and principles of strength
The ability to competently perform the three key kettlebell exercises (the Swing, the Get-Up, and the Goblet Squat)
A “simple and sinister” set of extra exercises that are easy to learn, easy to teach and a great bonus for both you and your clients
The confidence you can now correctly teach the three essential kettlebell exercises—and troubleshoot common technique problems
The ability to write kettlebell training programs for athletes (GPP) and fitness clients in a private or class setting
And discover all this and more in the course of your HKC training:

Understand why mastery of the kettlebell swing is fundamental to high-level HardStyle practice
How to develop power through compensatory acceleration and overspeed eccentrics
How to train hip extension for back and knee health and athletic performance
How to employ bracing and neutral spine—for injury prevention, enhanced performance and optimal transmission of force
How to recruit the lat as a “core muscle” to improve the spine safety and glute strength
How to employ the plank as an effective assessment tool and a corrective drill
How to increase power with the biomechanical breathing match
A safe, effective modality for developing different types of endurance
Explosive training techniques for more effective fat-loss
The two-arm swing and corrective exercises
The concept of rooting and two key drills for developing it
The manual overspeed eccentric swing
The one-arm swing
The hand-to-hand swing
Russian relaxation exercises to enhance the acquisition of skilful movement

The two hundred year history of the get-up
The get-up as an assessment tool
The strength and health benefits of the get-up
How to correctly perform the get-up and teach corrective drills
How to move from mobility to stability, then from stability to strength—and why this progression is crucial for truly effective kettlebell work
The get-up, shoulder mobility and stability exercises. The role of the lat in shoulder stability and strength—and advanced lat facilitation techniques
How to employ and teach steering strength
The concepts of leakage and linkage—and their importance for effective kettlebell lifting

How to perform the goblet squat and corrective drills
“Strength stretching” for the hips
How to quickly teach professional technique in the barbell squat and deadlift with a special kettlebell exercise
How to overcome gluteal amnesia
How to most effectively stretch the hip flexors to dramatically improve athletic performance

Seven effective and easy-to-learn extra kettlebell exercises—to add variety and depth to your clients’ kettlebell workouts

Understand the key components of general physical preparation versus special physical preparation
How to train athletes versus training the general population
Special considerations for training military and law enforcement personnel
Personal training versus class training
The essentials of effective kettlebell program design
As with the RKC, the HKC will be earned through diligent testing of each candidate. Besides having to pass the requisite pullup test at the outset of the workshop, each HKC candidate will be evaluated for technical proficiency at the end of the workshop and will then be granted either a pass or fail.

Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification™ (HKC™)

With Pavel Tsatsouline, RCK Chief Instructor, and Master RKCs Andrea Du Cane, Kenneth Jay, Brett Jones, and Mark Reifkind

Saturday, September 26, 2009
8:30am—6:00pm
St. Paul, Minnesota

Attend the HKC and leave with these major advantages:

A deep understanding of the true benefits of kettlebell training—for both yourself and your clients
A solid knowledge of vital kettlebell training safety procedures
A workmanlike grasp of the fundamentals of biomechanics—to ensure your clients move with perfect form and avoid injury
A grasp of the key HardStyle skills and principles of strength
The ability to competently perform the three key kettlebell exercises (the Swing, the Get-Up, and the Goblet Squat)
A “simple and sinister” set of extra exercises that are easy to learn, easy to teach and a great bonus for both you and your clients
The confidence you can now correctly teach the three essential kettlebell exercises—and troubleshoot common technique problems
The ability to write kettlebell training programs for athletes (GPP) and fitness clients in a private or class setting
And discover all this and more in the course of your HKC training:

Understand why mastery of the kettlebell swing is fundamental to high-level HardStyle practice
How to develop power through compensatory acceleration and overspeed eccentrics
How to train hip extension for back and knee health and athletic performance
How to employ bracing and neutral spine—for injury prevention, enhanced performance and optimal transmission of force
How to recruit the lat as a “core muscle” to improve the spine safety and glute strength
How to employ the plank as an effective assessment tool and a corrective drill
How to increase power with the biomechanical breathing match
A safe, effective modality for developing different types of endurance
Explosive training techniques for more effective fat-loss
The two-arm swing and corrective exercises
The concept of rooting and two key drills for developing it
The manual overspeed eccentric swing
The one-arm swing
The hand-to-hand swing
Russian relaxation exercises to enhance the acquisition of skilful movement

The two hundred year history of the get-up
The get-up as an assessment tool
The strength and health benefits of the get-up
How to correctly perform the get-up and teach corrective drills
How to move from mobility to stability, then from stability to strength—and why this progression is crucial for truly effective kettlebell work
The get-up, shoulder mobility and stability exercises. The role of the lat in shoulder stability and strength—and advanced lat facilitation techniques
How to employ and teach steering strength
The concepts of leakage and linkage—and their importance for effective kettlebell lifting

How to perform the goblet squat and corrective drills
“Strength stretching” for the hips
How to quickly teach professional technique in the barbell squat and deadlift with a special kettlebell exercise
How to overcome gluteal amnesia
How to most effectively stretch the hip flexors to dramatically improve athletic performance

Seven effective and easy-to-learn extra kettlebell exercises—to add variety and depth to your clients’ kettlebell workouts

Understand the key components of general physical preparation versus special physical preparation
How to train athletes versus training the general population
Special considerations for training military and law enforcement personnel
Personal training versus class training
The essentials of effective kettlebell program design
As with the RKC, the HKC will be earned through diligent testing of each candidate. Besides having to pass the requisite pullup test at the outset of the workshop, each HKC candidate will be evaluated for technical proficiency at the end of the workshop and will then be granted either a pass or fail.

Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification™ (HKC™)

With Pavel Tsatsouline, RCK Chief Instructor, and Master RKCs Andrea Du Cane, Kenneth Jay, Brett Jones, and Mark Reifkind

Saturday, September 26, 2009
8:30am—6:00pm
St. Paul, Minnesota

Attend the HKC and leave with these major advantages:

A deep understanding of the true benefits of kettlebell training—for both yourself and your clients
A solid knowledge of vital kettlebell training safety procedures
A workmanlike grasp of the fundamentals of biomechanics—to ensure your clients move with perfect form and avoid injury
A grasp of the key HardStyle skills and principles of strength
The ability to competently perform the three key kettlebell exercises (the Swing, the Get-Up, and the Goblet Squat)
A “simple and sinister” set of extra exercises that are easy to learn, easy to teach and a great bonus for both you and your clients
The confidence you can now correctly teach the three essential kettlebell exercises—and troubleshoot common technique problems
The ability to write kettlebell training programs for athletes (GPP) and fitness clients in a private or class setting
And discover all this and more in the course of your HKC training:

Understand why mastery of the kettlebell swing is fundamental to high-level HardStyle practice
How to develop power through compensatory acceleration and overspeed eccentrics
How to train hip extension for back and knee health and athletic performance
How to employ bracing and neutral spine—for injury prevention, enhanced performance and optimal transmission of force
How to recruit the lat as a “core muscle” to improve the spine safety and glute strength
How to employ the plank as an effective assessment tool and a corrective drill
How to increase power with the biomechanical breathing match
A safe, effective modality for developing different types of endurance
Explosive training techniques for more effective fat-loss
The two-arm swing and corrective exercises
The concept of rooting and two key drills for developing it
The manual overspeed eccentric swing
The one-arm swing
The hand-to-hand swing
Russian relaxation exercises to enhance the acquisition of skilful movement

The two hundred year history of the get-up
The get-up as an assessment tool
The strength and health benefits of the get-up
How to correctly perform the get-up and teach corrective drills
How to move from mobility to stability, then from stability to strength—and why this progression is crucial for truly effective kettlebell work
The get-up, shoulder mobility and stability exercises. The role of the lat in shoulder stability and strength—and advanced lat facilitation techniques
How to employ and teach steering strength
The concepts of leakage and linkage—and their importance for effective kettlebell lifting

How to perform the goblet squat and corrective drills
“Strength stretching” for the hips
How to quickly teach professional technique in the barbell squat and deadlift with a special kettlebell exercise
How to overcome gluteal amnesia
How to most effectively stretch the hip flexors to dramatically improve athletic performance

Seven effective and easy-to-learn extra kettlebell exercises—to add variety and depth to your clients’ kettlebell workouts

Understand the key components of general physical preparation versus special physical preparation
How to train athletes versus training the general population
Special considerations for training military and law enforcement personnel
Personal training versus class training
The essentials of effective kettlebell program design
As with the RKC, the HKC will be earned through diligent testing of each candidate. Besides having to pass the requisite pullup test at the outset of the workshop, each HKC candidate will be evaluated for technical proficiency at the end of the workshop and will then be granted either a pass or fail.