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Hope all of you are doing well and training smart.  Nikki and I were progressing very well in our RKC Level II Training in the past few weeks.  We were feeling more grooved with the bent press, clean and jerk was coming along well with few problems and pull up and pistol training was really starting to take off thanks to the pistol progressions we were given by Senior RKC Franz Snideman (you can also youtube Doc Mark Cheng on his pistol progressions as well as they are both outstanding).

The very cool thing is that we really worked with a simplistic type of approach that you would see in Dan John’s 40 day workout program.  We spent 2 days per week doing Level II skills, 1 day per week doing Level I skills, and 2 more days just getting in some swings.

Then we kind of ran into a wall training wise.  We went off to CK-FMS for a wonderful weekend and the following week off to Net Profit Explosion’s Mega Training and Orlando HKC.  During this time my skills began to start lacking.  My tailbone would be sore from time to time as well.  We got back from Orlando and were thinking of getting hard and heavy into training when we did a very smart thing, we FMS screened each other.  The astonishing thing was is that we both scored a 12.  This was a very kind way that my body was telling me I had some things to work on and to back off before I get an injury in training.

I feel that this was a very important lesson for me and for everyone reaching for a big fitness goal.  There is a time to hit the pedal to the metal and a time to back off.  As Master RKC Mark Reifkind states “the next step off of a peak is always down” & “tough guy periodization- Heavy, heavier, even heavier, INJURY, light, light, heavy…..” you get the idea. I feel a lot of this occurs not only within the RKC community when training for the RKC Level I and II (example: 1/2 bodyweight press for level II) but also in the health and fitness community as a whole.  We never want to back off.  We have to remind ourselves and our clients that we need to take ourselves in for an inspection and  tune up every now and then and get back to basics.

So this past week I decided I would listen to my body and go back to some of the very basics:  pistol progression from the beginning, deadlifts, body weight pull ups, and FMS correctives (mine was rolling patterns, scored 1/1). By the end of this past week my FMS improved by 3-4 points and now I am ready to get back into the training program.  We were also fortunate enough that Master RKC Jeff O’Connor came in town to teach the Omaha HKC.  The following day we hosted a mobility and stability workshop taught by the Red Neck Ninja himself and man was it fantastic.  More information on how that went is upcoming.

Hello everyone.  I hope once again you are maintaining balance with your mind, body and soul with your life.  That you are working out smart and doing things that help you to be a better person.

September was another big step for Nikki and myself.  We decided to take our careers a step further by signing up for RKC Level II in April of 2012 in Minnesota.  We are going to be talking a lot in the next 8 months about the journey, but today I wanted to talk about how we are going to get started.

I am taking a piece of Alwyn Cosgrove’s advice and mapping out our journey.  This doesn’t mean that there will be road blocks along the way, but we are going to set a map to help us reach our goals of RKC LEVEL II.

I.  Determine the Goal –  Figure out your destination.

A.  Attend & Pass RKC Level II

1.  Strict Press (1/2 bodyweight for myself and 1/4 bodyweight for Nikki)

2.  Pistol (Single Leg Squat)

3.  Pull Up (with 24kg at foot for me, Nikki strict pull up)

4.  Bent Press

5.  Clean And Jerk

6.  Push Press & Viking Push Press

7.  Windmill

B.  Maintain and Pass all Level I Skills on 1st day of Level II

1.  Swing

2.  Turkish Get Up

3.  Squat

4.  Clean

5.  Press

6.  Snatch (maintain snatch test numbers 100 in 5 min)

II.  Determine a starting point – Where does your journey begin.

The first thing google maps will ask you when you ask for directions is where do you want to go and ALSO where you are starting your journey from.  I feel a lot of individuals miss the starting point when determining a proper training program.  This is why some goals are not achieved.  There are so many factors to take into consideration.

Some points to consider:

A.  Ailments/Injuries/Issues

1.  Right now I am injury free but I need to keep in mind that I have a neck and back that likes to get pissy when I overtrain.  Need to keep this in c0nsideration on a daily basis during this journey and back off if needed.

2.  I work with a massage therapist and a chiropractor who will help me with regular visits (monthly) along the way to help prevent any issues from arising.

B.  Functional Movement Screen

1.  Right now my FMS is above 14.  The only asymmetries I need to keep into consideration is my shoulder mobility and my active straight leg raise.  I need to make sure I keep symmetry with these two scores and continue to reassess SM and ASLR daily.  I need to make sure I get an FMS every 5 weeks.

C.  Current Strength

Of all the Level II exercises, I list them by which is hardest for me to accomplish in order.  From most challenging to least challenging goes like this: Press, Pullup, Pistol, Bent Press, Clean and Jerk, Windmill, Viking Push Press, and Push Press.

1.  Best I have ever pressed is a 36kg and have done 32kg for reps.  This is my starting point.

2.  Pullup I have currently accomplished with 10kg on my foot.

3.  Pistol I can do with a 14kg on my L, on my R I can do one time but get a pretty good cramp in my L quad (some type of compensation going on here)

4.  Bent Press is challenging for me due to the sheer technical side of the press, will need some expert advice on this.  (Spoke with Master RKC, David Whitley who is one of the best at the bent press.  He was kind enough to provide me some important pointers on the bent press.  He even told me is will provide huge gains in my strict press as well.  Here is a video by David Whitley on the Bent Press)

Video of my bent press practice

5.  Clean and Jerk is getting better now that I am not dealing with any neck or thoracic mobility issues.  The heavier I go the harder it gets.  Pretty pleased with up to 32kg as of now.

6.  Feel pretty good about the windmill (and how it can help me to a better bent press) as well as the push press and viking push press.  I don’t want to get cocky and forget about these movements, but will address them weekly to maintain.

7.  Just recertified in San Diego on all Level I skills so I just want to maintain these skills and make them as crisp and sharp as I can.  Want to maintain my snatch test numbers as well.

III.  Determine how long the journey will take – time to train

A.  Date of Level II – April 27th – 29th

B.  Weeks to train = 34 overall

C.  Amount of workouts per week (our goal is to try and get 4-5 workouts in per week).  5 workouts per week at 34 weeks is about 170 workouts.  We do want to be realistic here as we have trips planned and will miss some workouts.  So we are going to try for a goal of 150 workouts before level II.

There you have it.  Nikki and I will post updates as we come along in our training.  I am planning on doing a lot of sets of singles to achieve what I am looking for and make modifications as needed.  The hard part will be making sure I don’t progress too quickly and also to take off weeks.

Please feel free to comment back on how you have mapped out your journey for RKC Level I or II Or for any of your health and fitness goals.  Would love some feedback.

So you have passed the Level I Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification Workshop. You put in all the hard work to prepare for this moment with months of training under your belt. Then you get to the moment where you pass the snatch test, get your technique fine tuned by the numerous high level RKC’s there to help you, and finally finish by nailing the testing portion, teaching aspect and surviving the graduation workout.

Nikki and I with Pavel in 2009

First of all, Congratulations! I have seen it time and time again. The look on someone’s face after they have returned successfully from getting RKC certified is inspiring. I get goose bumps just thinking about everything that went into getting to that moment and the feeling I had after. You will never be the same again, and more important you are part of a COMMUNITY of high level fitness professionals that will be at your side at a drop of the hat.

The Iron Tamer Clan! Friends and Comrades for LIFE!

So what do you do now? I would like to offer some advice if I may on the training side of things as well as on the business side of things.


Continue to work yourself through some type of program. This will help to keep those skills that you just sharpened from getting dull. I suggest the following in my opinion.

  • Perform the ETK Rite Of Passage 1-2 times per year.
    • Again this keeps your skills sharp and will help you to maintain your level of strength as you progress through the RKC. Plus it will keep you sharp once you need to re-certify.
  • Perform a snatch test AT LEAST one time per month if not more
    • One of the biggest mistakes I made once I was certified is not paying attention to the snatch test. I took 2 months off and then when I decided to do it again I could only muster 74 reps in 5 minutes.
    • It is far better to maintain than to try and train it all back again in my opinion.
  • Be on a program
    • There is nothing wrong with just working through workouts and playing around now and then, but I believe NOW that you need to have a goal in mind to reach for and a program that will take you there.
    • If you are training for Level II. Then prepare for it but do not forget to reassess your Level I skills as well.
    • If you want to maintain your skills but want to get off of the program of ROP for a bit. I suggest Kettlebell Burn or Kettlebell Muscle by Geoff Neupert. Great programs by the Master RKC himself of programming. Plus both carry over nicely to Level I and II training in my mind.
    • There are numerous programs out there for you to go by. It just depends on what you want your GOAL to be. (Return of the Kettlebell is Fantastic Material also).


  • Become a Dragon Door AFFILIATE
    • For any of you who would like to make more supplemental income, we highly suggest you become a Dragon Door Affiliate. There is no cost to you and it can be a great way to make extra income on the side promoting the products and equipment that you already believe in, use and endorse.
  • Sign on with a business group
    • This really has paid off for us. IF you have a fitness business or are planning on opening up one in the future. It is CRUCIAL that you learn all aspects of your business including marketing, time management and selling. I had little to no experience in this and wish I would have done it sooner.
    • We use the Evolution Accelerator Program through Net Profit Explosion. They were referred to us directly from Dragon Door. We cannot say enough about them! They have taught us everything from proper marketing, to the sales process, to hiring employees, and time management!
    • Another great idea would be to attend Dragon Door’s Marketing Mastermind Intensive with John DuCane.


    • If the RKC is continually evolving to make itself better. Then so should you.
    • This is extremely important. I saw it in myself and in others when they came back for an RKC event and had a lot of work to do technique wise.
    • If you do not have a workout partner who is an RKC themselves then there is a good chance that your form may fade or dull slightly because there is no one present to give you feedback. I am very fortunate that I have my wife, Nikki, by my side the majority of the time to tell me if my technique can be improved on.
      • So I suggest that you either meet with another RKC every month or every other month for a workout and to check your technique.
      • You can video yourself from time to time and get feedback by watching it or by sending it to other RKC’s or posting it on the forum. I got some great feedback by other RKC’s this way on my kb snatch technique and swing which was highly valuable!
    • Attend more RKC events. I cannot stress enough the importance of attending MORE events. The RKC Level I is just the foundation to your physical and business success.

There you have it. Hopefully I have provided you with some good information for you to chew on when you are thinking of where the next step will be post RKC certification. I hope to see you at an upcoming RKC event very soon.

Kettlebell Muscle

Hello everyone.  Has been a very busy end of winter and spring for us here at SG Human Performance so I apologize for it being so long since I have last posted anything.  I just recently finished reading Geoff Neupert’s Book “Kettlebell Muscle” and decided to give all of you a little taste of what is in store for you.

As you know I am a HUGE fan of anything Geoff puts out on the market because, IT WORKS!  Geoff is the master of programming as we have already blogged about with his Kettlebell Burn Program.  As a matter of fact the Kettlebell Burn program is a fantastic program for fat loss, gaining strength, and as preparation for the RKC.  I have used many of the burn workouts with great success towards their goals.  But enough about Burn you can read that post if you would like.  Today I am here to talk about MUSCLE!

The forward by Dan John alone should show anyone that Geoff knows what he is talking about and can put it down on paper.  Geoff explains in detail the science and reasoning behind his program.  The great thing about Geoff is that his explanations are in English and they make total sense.

Geoff also provides the idea and science behind complexes and chains and how these workouts convert you into a strong individual with increased muscle.  He also provides the following:

  • 13 benefits to using Complexes and Chains.
  • Breaksdown all the double kettlebell exercises that are in the program
  • Provides nutritional advice to help with the muscle building process
  • AND then breaks down the program details from Weeks 1-6 & Weeks 7-12

What more could you ask for?  As of right now I have not started the program as of yet but will here this Spring/Summer.  The reason you ask?  I need to prepare myself for a proper strength foundation before beginning this program.  I was, however,  fortunate enough to attend last years Summit of Strength event where Geoff presented some of his Kettlebell Muscle Programming and we drilled all the double kettlebell exercises for the program.  It was fantastic and I was blown away by how the double kettlebell exercises taxed myself.  He was even gracious enough to work with me individually to improve my squat :).

Here is MY suggestions of prerequisites before beginning Kettlebell Muscle

1.  Have a very good understanding of kettlebell training

  • I am biased, but being trained by an RKC (or have had a few sessions with an RKC) to make sure you have a good foundation on technique is a must before beginning this program

2.  You are currently asymmetry free and pain free

  • Got a nagging injury?  Take care of it first!  You should know by now how important it is to have balance in your life and that includes your body and your training regimen.  You should seek out a CK-FMS professional to make sure your body is in balance and ready for the density of the loading for this program (OR ANY PROGRAM FOR THAT MATTER!)

3.  You should have completed the Enter the Kettlebell Rite of Passage

  • Just a nice prerequisite to prepare for the program.  Performing and completing Kettlebell Burn would be a bonus as well.  (Can’t say enough about BURN!)

There you have it.  Right now I am in the stage of cleaning up some issues with my body and completing another round of ROP with a 24kg to help prepare myself for the Kettlebell Muscle Program.  More to come as I will take measurements and pics before, during and after the Kettlebell Muscle Program.

I hope all of you are training well and training smart.  Until next time, I wish you all well in your lives.

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












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.

Hello again everyone.  Hope all of you are doing well with your lives and training smart.

Today I want to review a DVD/Workbook combination by Master RKC Brett Jones and Gray Cook, RKC.  It is called Kettlebells from the Center: Dynami.

This workbook/DVD is a progression from the Secrets Series and Kalos Sthenos.  If you have not previously watched these before videos and workbooks I highly suggest to watch them as it makes a seemless transition into Dynami.  This workbook does a fantastic job of building your exercise skills through a proper progression.

Pattern Building>Slow Strength>Symmetry> and then Dynami (power).

Many of you may have heard that it speaks about the Kettlebell Swing and then its power counterpart, the Push Press.  But you would not believe how so much more is contained in this book.  They begin with the basics of movement as a great review that even includes often overlooked principles of movement screening and clearance tests to proper breathing (biomechanical and anatomic).

The DVD and workbook covers so many drills and progressions that are vital to myself not only as an individual but as an instructor.  I have progressed many individuals through the deadlift, swing and single leg deadlift much more efficiently with the use of the drills in this workbook/DVD.  SO MUCH is covered and it is great once again that I can see it on DVD and then be able to read the information and refer back to it in a workbook.

Items covered in Kettlebells from the Center (includes instruction, pattern building, slow strength, power and common mistakes)

  • Deadlift and variations
  • Swing and variations
  • Single leg deadlift and variations
  • Squat
  • Bottoms up squat
  • Press
  • Bottoms up press
  • Push Press
  • and Squat to Push Press
  • fantastic movement prep drills you have not seen anywhere else!

One thing I ABSOLUTELY LOVE about the bottoms up progression is that it is a fantastic way for you as an individual to address symmetry and be able to clean those things up.  Those of you going through the ROP ladders to get your clean and press numbers should really consider using some of the bottoms up progressions during your off weeks or your variety days to help you to address your symmetry.  You WILL notice that with these particular drills will help you improve quickly and avoid injury as well!

Again I highly suggest Dynami for you to purchase for yourself and for your clients.  All of you will greatly benefit from this series.  It is a must for those individuals who are training for RKC Level I and II to help you progress efficiently and get the strength you need to complete the requirements of your certification.

Hello everyone!  Hope all is well with you and your families.

Was speaking to a client (and close friend) and we spoke about kettlebell training.  She commented on how good our technique was on the kettlebell swing.  I told her that it wasn’t always this way and that I am still always “tweaking” and practicing for the perfect rep.  She found that very hard to believe until I pulled out my iphone and showed her this video.  She was shocked.

All of you SGHP members out there enjoy this video and feel free to make fun of us as much as you would like. Take a look at the backwards hat, crappy swing (which made my back very sore) and are those running shoes?

This was our second week in David Whitley’s Kettlebell Class.  I was very naive and felt I had the kettlebell swing SO DOWN PAT that I took a video of it.  Boy was I wrong (and boy was I naive, sorry Dave!).

The point of the video is to show people that practice will help improve your technique (barring any imbalances or asymmetries that may exist, you should take care of those first).  As for myself, I struggled with figuring out the kettlebell swing.  Like with every dynamic movement, (example: dribbling a soccer ball, swinging a golf club, throwing a ball) it takes practice to get the desired result.  I hope this encourages all of you to see that with time, practice and patience you too can be where Nikki and I are at today.  (Notice Nikki was swinging a 12kg-orange and now she usually prefers to swing a 24kg-red or 28kg -orange/purple).  The same could be said for our squats and turkish get ups.  We spent a lot of time working on those drills, corrective exercises and practicing to get where we are now.  And we will still continually try to improve on technique.

The benefit that we had (and that our members have) is our kettlebell instructor was well trained with understanding the nuances of the kettlebell exercises and how to best teach us to improve on the swing.  You may get that from a DVD (preferably anything from Dragon but more than likely you will not.  I thought I had everything down from the 15lb kettlebell and DVD I bought at a local store, but I was sorely mistaken.  I needed a Russian Kettlebell Certified Instructor to show me the correct way and how to get the most out of my kettlebell workouts.  I haven’t found anything close (other than the TRX) that provides so much bang for your buck.

The problem is that most trainers (including fitness celebrities) feel that they have the kettlebell swing down (and can teach it to anyone) because they have never been shown the absolute correct way to perform the swing.  If those trainers would do like we did and meet with an RKC professional then they would FEEL the difference between good technique versus poor technique.  They would feel how it works the backside (proper technique) instead of the frontside (incorrect technique).  They would understand the difference between proper load and not enough load.  These concepts I had no grasp of until I met with David and continued onto my progression (physically and mentally) to become RKC certified.

What is the big deal with technique you ask?  Here are some things to think about:

  • The RKC method teaches a step by step approach to kettlebell training.  This is the way we are suppossed to learn.  Most trainers will just start and end with the swing.  Is that how we learned to play a sport?  Is that how we learned to walk as toddlers?  No we learned step by step.
  • As Americans, we are too frontside loaded.  This leads us to imbalances, poor movement, injuries and poor health.  The RKC swing is training the backside.  The part of the body we tend to neglect and do not train nearly enough.
  • The RKC has way more bang for the buck.  More load.  Safer (MUCH SAFER). Better Workout.  Can prevent injury and pain (EVEN BACK PAIN, by getting you to fire your muscles the way you were made to)

Here is a nice little comparison video of my swing (just like the one up top) and then my swing after 12 weeks in kettlebell class with expert instruction.

So I hope that my words and the video has inspired you that you are on the right track towards your goals.  The true goal should be that you make small steps every day (this can be with your nutrition, training, movement, soul, etc) to be better than you were weeks and months before.

We love to use our GRAY COOK BAND in many aspects of our training and it works fantastic whether you are training your clients one on one or in a group setting.  If you have attended an FMS Seminar or CK-FMS, then you already know alot about Reactive Neuromuscular Training.  The GC Band is another terrific way to wake up stabilizing musculature and facilitate RNT.

In this video I just wanted to show a video on how you can use the GRAY COOK BAND to help improve aspects of you and your clients Turkish Get Up.  Take a look and let me know what you think.  Right now at Perform Better the Gray Cook bands are on sale.

Hope everyone is dong very well. I just returned from a fantastic event, the RKC’s Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist Workshop. What a wonderful 4 days Nikki and I had with our RKC brother/sisterhood.

Throughout all the lectures, labs, and exercise breaks I started thinking to myself: “who would not want to be FMS screened and/or attend CK-FMS?”

Think about it for a second. For those of you who have trained for RKC level I or II, how many of you had to deal with some kind of setback/injury? How many of you when training or attending RKC was informed that your technique was sub par and really struggled with proper technique?

Did you ever think that your setback and/or injury may have been due to a limitation that may exist in your body? How about the thought that this limitation puts your body in a position that you cannot perform the RKC standard for exercise technique?

That is the beautiful thing about the FMS.
It sets a baseline that gives you an idea about what your limitations are (be it asymmetry or imbalance). It provides you with a proven method of correcting these limitations whether it be improving on mobility, stability and/or motor control.

The reason why I am talking about it is because I have seen it as well as experienced it. I have seen individuals training for HKC and RKC get setbacks in their training due to a limitation. I have seen those same individuals fail their certification because they would not take the time to work on that limitation.

I am no better!!! I had alot of trouble getting my snatch numbers as well as being able to demonstrate RKC competency in my press and snatch in the lockout position. I was very fortunate enough to understand my shoulder/thoracic limitation in my FMS score and addressed it during training and taking a step back from training to get my shoulder mobility score to where it needed to be. Then I slowly progressed back into proper technique with corrective exercise and help from my instructor Master RKC David Whitley.

So if you would consider some advice:

If you are planning on training and attending a RKC level I or HKC. Take the time to get a FMS and work with an RKC. Better yet, get with a CK-FMS and get the best of both worlds. Then you can make sure that you are limitation free and that your technique is solid.

If you are RKC Level I, attend CK-FMS. This is a terrific opportunity for you to better yourself as a Kettlebell instructor. Knowing your clients FMS score helps tremendously with guiding you as a RKC to determine what patterning will work best to get your clients training with proper technique. Remember what I said earlier, poor technique may be due to your client’s limitation

Also you are giving your clients more value to your training by helping to get them in fantastic shape AND prevent injury!

Nikki and Imade a very good decision and went to CK-FMS before attending RKC II.  This gives us all the tools to keep our limitations at bay and have the optimal ability to train for the rigors of Level II.  Also, another smart thing we have decided is to attend the Summit of Strength to help us get our technique on target to train limitation free and with solid technique!


Since we truly believe that the FMS is a very important system to have when training for ANYTHING, including HKC/RKC.  If you sign up through our affiliate link, you will get a free functional movement screen, corrective session and prep session.  HKC = 1 hour, RKC = 2 hours.

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!