Friday, June 20, 2014

Croatia; Destination Certification, and this week's Thursday 10 x 10

Barely two weeks will go by since returning from Sfg Italy and in a few days Mark and I are leaving for Sweden!  Mark is teaching a Level 1 SFG in Gothenburg and then we are will stay close to home during the summer before traveling to Croatia in late September for another Level 1 SFG.  Speaking of Croatia, and other International SFG Certifications.....

(omg...watching this video I almost forgot how totally awesome last year's SFG Croatia was!)

Have you ever, or are you thinking about earning/training for an SFG Instructor Certification?  Well, if you have, or if you, are I highly recommend you think about attending and participating at an event in another country, and experiencing a "Destination Certification" about Croatia?  Croatia is hosting it's second SFG Sept 26, 27, 28, just over 12 weeks away, plenty of time to get ready, right?  lol

Croatia is a lovely country and the Croatian SFG community, like all the others, is represented by some of the most committed and passionate Instructors/athletes I've had the pleasure to meet.  Along with a strong sense of community, Croatia is still somewhat inexpensive to visit with many apartments renting for under $50 a night!  Mark and I hope to stay at the same apartment we did last year, which came with a separate kitchen, and washing machine, and was within walking distance of the Cert location, restaurants, grocery, and even nearby nature reserve.  We hope to stay in the same place again this year and it has three other apts. on the same floor that will be available to rent, would you like to join us?

Sasa Rajnovic is a SFG Team Leader and is the host of the event, along with Alexander Miketa, a level 2 SFG assisting.  I had the pleasure of meeting both men last year, and met up with them again in Italy this last trip, where the two also helped assist at the Italian Cert (picture on right), and we talked about the upcoming Croatian SFG and how it could be possible to organize some guided sightseeing and tours for people interested in combining their SFG with a vacation. How nice would that be?  Three days of intense training and learning, and then a few more days of relaxation, good food, and adventure!  I'm also working with both men about organizing some other incentives to intice you to want to come and bring a spouse, girlfriend/boyfriend, friend, or family member with you, like swing lessons/workouts with me and other day trips for them while you are attending the SFG Cert!  So look for more information and updates in the next few weeks, or please comment here or email me with any questions you might have if you are interested in learning more! (


This week's Thursday 10 x 10 is in preparation for my next Swing Quest 2014 event, July 6th, the weekend after we return from Sweden.  This next marathon swing workout will start out with 5 rounds of 10 x 10's with the focus being on more and more one hand swings.  I've often admitted that I prefer the two hand swing to one hand swings because I just feel, for me, it's a stronger position.....which is probably why I should do more one hand swings!  So here I am, practicing two hand and one hand swings, leading up to my least favorite....10 one hand swings at a time!

10 2 hd sw x 2 sets
5 2 hd sw + 5 R
5 2 hd sw + 5 L
5 R/ 5 L x 2 sets
10 R
10 L
10 R
10 L

I'm very excited about the next Swing Quest where I'll be asking two special guests lead me through a 10 x 10 of their own design! Who will they be?  Come and find could be you!

The Swing Quest 2014, Sunday July 6th 8:00am
2 hour Kettlebell Swing Marathon, cost $40
Noxcuses Fitness 2741 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto CA (
email or call me for more info (408) 421-8293


Hanneke Schiffleger said...

Yes please :)

Tracy Reifkind said...


The Swing Quest, or Croatia?

Diana said...

I have to agree with you....I loathe the 1-arm swings. Doing the dreaded 10 1-arm swings....UGH!!!

Tracy Reifkind said...


You mean I'm not alone? Good!

Mark Reifkind said...

the one arm swing is the key :)

Diana said...

Why is the 1-arm so important?
1-arm with a snatch, a press or a jerk at the end is great, but just a swing~ drives me CRAZY!

Mark Reifkind said...

Because the one arm swing is the hardest swing- the most asymmetrical- requiring the most stabilization, it confers the most benefits.

it builds strength and rotational stability at the same time and is much easier on the lower back for those with "touchy" lower backs.

Mark Reifkind said...

also, the reason the 'end' or top of the swing is so hard is that is where so much shoulder connection and linkage is required.
as well as maintaining the lower body root and contraction.

alot going on there, especially with heavy weights or high reps