Wednesday, May 2, 2012
"Adding Muscle" is not about losing weight! Book signing, Programming the Kettlebell Swing 2 workshop, Intermediate and Beginners level Swing Classes
In Timothy Feriss's 4-Hour Body "Adding Muscle" is the title of the section where you will find my story. My 100lb plus weight loss is not in the losing fat section, my physical transformation is as much, if not more, about building and adding muscle. There is a misconception about what having muscle is, as well as building muscle.
Losing weight, or even "getting lean", or "leaner", does not mean you will be left with much muscle mass if you don't have much to start with. And you don't have much to start with if you are not doing anything to build muscle, much less "keep" muscle. Building muscle requires at least two things....training and eating! Keeping muscle and getting leaner, or losing only bodyfat requires that you first have muscle, and then it gets very, very scientific to learn how to train, what to eat and not eat while retaining as much muscle as you can. Getting "lean" is not about losing weight because the more weight you lose, especially if you do it quickly, the more than likely a good portion of it will be that hard earned muscle you have been training and eating up for!
But this post is not about the science of getting lean, it's about building muscle!
As I get ready for a very exciting Swing Workshop and class schedule in Modesto at Full Force PT this weekend I wanted to remind people that the type of training I do, while helping to promote weightloss, is so much more than that. How I train the kettlebell ballistics builds some incredible muscle while burning fat, increasing cardio endurance bringing out the human animal, the inner bad ass, and the athlete inside of so many of us in the process! Which is why this, almost 50 year old, former fat girl can challenge any level of athlete with my programmed kettlebell swing workouts! Training the kettlebell swing is not just for weightloss! It can transform any size physique by adding more muscle.
So time to promote my "Programming the Kettlebell Swing 2" and Intermediate level, Beginning level high volume "TracyStyle" workshop and classes this Sunday 5/6 at Full Force PT in Modesto CA. And I'll let you in on the little bonus now...of course Master Instructor Mark Reifkind (my sweetie!) will assist me in answering all questions about training and diet! How freakin' lucky are all of us going to be?
"Programming the Kettlebell Swing 2" is a 2 hour workshop designed for Instructors as well as kettlebell athletes interested in learning how to use this one foundational kettlebell movement, the swing, to teach clients and students (and themselves!) how to train for maximum effectiveness, and why you would want to! It is a "hands on bells" workshop that will take you through all of my swing progressions as well as short routines demonstrating how to use them. I will be teaching;
OTM training (on the minute).
Pace and cadence training
Teaching the one hand swing and the differences and benefits.
"Work into rest method"
"Give and Take method"
"Roundabout" and brand new never publicized variations of the Roundabout!
"Kettlebell Split" a double KB method created my me that will finish off the workshop as well as all attending!
And who know what else! Seriously, you will not leave without having experienced all there is about the swing and you will be surprised at how much there is to know! Can we get it all into 2 hours? Maybe not, but we'll see who's left standing at the end!
I will happily lead two 30 minute swing classes designed for Intermediate level students and Beginning level students.
Intermediate level describes that you can swing at "equal work to equal rest" intervals. You are proficient at the one hand swing and have been training for at least 8 weeks. 600 swings minimum.
Beginning level describes that you are not yet to "equal work to equal rest", and that's perfectly fine! We all have to start somewhere, right?
Book signing to follow, and if anybody wants to listen to me talk, and talk, and talk about what a miracle this training has meant to my life and how it could do the same for you!
If you are within driving distance of this event you would be out of your mind to miss it! BUT, if you own a Studio or Gym that trains kettlebells and are interested in hosting your own Book signing/Workshop/Swing class event leave a comment, message me on facebook, or email me and I will gladly help you promote it! Let's get some swing parties started!
Pictures above: Top left, a recent picture taken from a video showing how much muscle I've built in the past 5 years compared to picture on top right taken of me at the same body weight of approx 135-140lbs. The top right picture was taken in Nov 2005, right at 100lb weight loss and 5 months before I earned my RKC. At the time I was delighted with the amount of "muscle tone" I was able to get from minimal swing training compared to the picture on bottom right taken in front of the Colosseum on a trip Rome, Italy in Feb., 2002 weighing over 250lbs.
For more information on registration contact Full Force Pt in Modesto Ca. You can find them here on facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001858123319