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It’s been about 2 weeks since the aftermath of Dave “Iron Tamer” Whitley’s workshop over in Manhattan and now that the dust has settled and the smoke has cleared only the truth of the workhop shall remain…and the truth is that this workshop was EPIC!!!
So anyone that knows me personally and how I work professionally to put it bluntly even though I consider myself a student of the iron game…I know what’s up. A basic workshop wouldn’t impress me and even though Dave and I are friends if I didn’t like the workshop I wouldn’t give it a thumbs up… I would just keep quiet.
So when I go to a workshop, or buy info relating to training or nutrition it has to pass 2 different screens.
Is it applicable to my own training ie, will it make me stronger? Is it something I can use with my clients?
The answer to both questions in this case is “yes”. When it comes to the techniques of strength I like to consider my form pretty well dialed in so if someone is able to pick up something I didn’t, it can potentially be a game changer for both myself and my clients. This happened with both my swings, and my getups. My swings, I wasn’t floating enough. My getups, my stance was too wide which was making me disconnect from my chiseled abs (lol). What does that have to do with my clients? Well one thing that Dave also pointed out was that monkey see monkey do. If my clients are mimicking me then if I do something that’s not optimal, then so will they. It’s a method of training called ideomotor training and if they watch you and your form is good then it will make their form good too. If it’s bad then it will make your form bad too (and that’s another reason you shouldn’t watch the Biggest Loser…it’ll make you a $hittier trainer and athlete through ideomotor training) One thing I also noticed about my own movement was during the primal move stuff, I can’t crawl backwards without seriously thinking about it before hand. Something that came out with my rotary stability test from the FMS. Other things that we covered, using target swings for accurate measurement, using swings along with heart rate to train yourself to provide a panic stimulus in a controlled environment (translates directly to performing strongman stuff)
Now the people in the seminar, well it turns out one of my loyal blog readers was in attendance (yeah you know who you are), there were some advanced trainers some of whom I’m friends with on facebook, and there were some people who had never touched a kettlebell before in their life. Every single person there improved their technique and learned a whole bunch of cool stuff to apply to their own training programs as well as their clients.
The way the subject matter was presented…well I think it’s one of the reasons Dave and I are friends, this stuff is serious stuff but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with it. Dave teaches the stuff with just enough technical jargon to let you know that he’s not just some hick from the sticks that likes to pick up heavy stuff. He’s a very smart dude and it shows with his laid back teaching style. There is a reason he is recognized as a master instructor and for a long time was the most popularly reviewed kettlebell instructor in the former (and true) RKC. I would compare the quality of it to any of the dragondoor workshops that I’ve attended…which is saying A LOT. Dragondoor lost a great instructor there (a long with a lot of other ones including the Chief and yours truly when my time expires…I am strongfirst baby)
And to close off the workshop the two of us did a strongman performance for the attendees. We rolled up frying pans, bent steel bars, nails, horseshoes and I bent steel with my nose (something I save for special occasions only). It was special because it was the opportunity to perform next to the guy that pointed me down the path of the instructor, AND the path of the performing strongman. Strength and awesomeness in stereo.
First things first, happy New Years my blog readers and friends!!!
A while ago there was an infomercial going around about kettlebell training called Kettleworx. I refrained from writing about it partially because it wasn’t worth my time, I didn’t want to bring more exposure to him and because sometimes I am better at writing then others and was saving it. I waited as long as I could and then I saw this video.
Please note it hurts me to put that video up here…physically hurts me, like when I have the beast up overhead…wait no the beast at least brings me pride and joy.
So in this particular video Shanahan is claiming to be a “badass kettlebell trainer” or “kick butt kettlebell trainer” and wishes to be listed as one. Here let me show you what a badass kettlebell trainer is like with some other videos of some true badass kettlebell trainers.
Here is Brett Jones
And here is the Iron Tamer Dave Whitley
That’s the world of badassery where I come from…not that my opinion represents the official opinion of Strongfirst or RKC or any other thing I’m affiliated with…these are my opinions and mine only…and opinions are like @$$holes…they $hit on things.
Anyways despite what makes a true badass trainer isn’t what they can do but what they can get others to do I’ll follow along…Ryan Shanahan if you can perform what I can do…even though you are bigger than I am I’ll give you your props. If you can’t you have to say “I am a tool” on your videos.
Anyways here is the my review of kettleworx.
I managed to get my hands on a copy of kettleworx because one of my clients happened to have one. It was a gift from her husband who in the fog of half sleep saw an infomercial promoting it, knew she liked kettlebell training and bought it for her. Thoughtful guy but he was the victim of marketing…like so many which is one of the things that fuels this blog.
Anyways the last I checked the heaviest kettlebell that kettleworx lists is 25lbs. My girlfriend (she’s new btw…hot and smart too) after training with me just 2 times was using the 26lbs kettlebell for getups and the 44lb one for swings and didn’t bulk up and look like a man like Shanahan claimed a while back…and used kettlebells heavier then the badass Ryan Shanahan.
Anyways my client who gave this to me was using the 53lb kettlebell for getups…more than twice what kettleworx uses. So does kettleworx work? Probably not…even if you can get through the cheese of the video…which brings me to my next point.
Beyond the bad training info, beyond the light kettlebell which btw if the ball weighs as much as the handle defeats the purpose of using a kettlebell…the production is awful. With an annoying grin Shanahan will say something to the effect of “Now we are going to do swings for 60 seconds” which stops after 40 seconds or something to that effect. Thank goodness because those swings are awful and shouldn’t be performed by anyone regardless of how light the kettlebell is.
Now he also claims to have the most popular kettlebell video on youtube…you know how? It’s because the thumbnail that goes along with it has a scantily clad woman on it…which because men tend to be horn dogs automatically generates tons of views.
Now on his website under the frequently asked questions, he says that proper technique is essential to kettlebell training. Well I agree with him here, unfortunately neither he nor his anorexic looking models demonstrates it and with weights to light to generate any kind of reasonable training stimulus. Now admittedly there are different styles to kettlebell training but despite him claiming to be the global leader in kettlebell fitness (b.s.) his technique doesn’t resemble the Strongfirst/RKC technique which is internationally recognized as the gold standard of physical training with kettlebells nor does it resemble AKC or IKFF technique (the gold standards of kettlebell lifting sport). So what makes this guy’s technique correct? Well he claims it so I guess it is /rolls eyes. Remember there is no licensing board when it comes to this stuff and anyone can claim anything on the interwebs.
Anyways it’s difficult to get past the sheer cheesiness of it and I guess he is trying for a new market by trying to make himself seem hardcore or whatever… I find it hard to think of anyone as hardcore when they are doing rowing in a video and saying things like “uh oh there’s a shark, we have to go faster”. Well I suppose hardcore is something that can be claimed…if it’s earned but it takes more to be a badass then wearing mma style shorts with a skull on it and having a dummy wearing a ski mask in your garage.
So Shanahan, are you going to rise to the challenge?
Now one of my resolutions for the year is to provide an alternative instead of just criticizing. You know to actually provide something of value instead of just trashing something. So, since the market was originally for fat loss, and now for becoming a “badass” I’ll refer you to another badass kettlebell trainer by the name of Geoff Neupert.
Geoff Neupert has a kettlebell fat loss product named kettlebell burn and it realigned how I design my programs. He has a section specifically dedicated to strength and it will make you stronger and the fat falls off faster.
If you need 20 minute workouts he has another one called kettlebell express (sorry I don’t have the link but I do have the ebook). I’ll admit I haven’t field tested express like I did burn but I know Geoff, I trust Geoff and I know his stuff delivers as promised. He’s a coach first and and internet marketer second which is more than I can say for most people promoting via the net.
So a couple years back I had gotten ripped and wrote a program lovingly called 12 weeks of torture that explored several different avenues of the different training styles that I was into back then. Recently I had taken it down and had it redirected here which there is a good chance that’s how you ended up here. Here is why.
I didn’t think anyone was still doing it and it was costing me money to keep it up.
I’ve grown as a trainer since then and no longer thought it was a good program and thought you deserved better.
So I had a dilemma, leave up a website that might be getting traffic to what I believed to be a sub par program but was still getting traffic…or pull a fast one that I think will help you out better and I went with the latter.
The problem with 12 weeks of torture is actually partially in the title…I made a program that was hard…ish but didn’t really have that much rhyme to a reason. It was diet and exercise and that’s why it worked but truth is you could do the same if not better with other programs that would also be user friendly. Actually what I had originally envisioned back then was to have text and videos and other cool stuff but it was my first non free website and I didn’t really know what I was doing internet wise. I actually still don’t but now I can have people help me out with it.
So I’ve been getting email about getting a new program up that you can follow. Truth be told I don’t need to put up another one because there are still program that I did that had more intelligence already up on my youtube channel but chances are you missed it. Until I come up with something new…I’d rather you followed this program instead since it is a better program.
There are better things then that too. As you already know I am a huge fan of Kettlebell Burn by master RKC Geoff Neupert. Also coming from the standpoint of a newly single guy I have to say there is something to the whole Adonis Effect thing and it’s been fun field testing whether or not the Adonis Effect is a real thing or just a marketable thing. It’s real baby Now personally I don’t follow their program since I tend to be more performance based with the steel bending and all but I can’t argue with their results.
So in the mean time sign up for my newsletter that includes a new the 7 strength myths busted ebook that I wrote and if you still want me to write up a program I will…but I need to know which goals are most important to my followers so I can create a program around it. Please respond in the comments below so we can get a dialog going and I can figure out which goals are important to you.
Ok as you know I used to update my blog pretty regularly with blog posts that were simultaneously meant to educate and entertain you while simultaneously giving you an idea of my personality, making you trust me by being honest whether or not it was popular opinion (especially if it isn’t popular opinion lol) and then all of a sudden my blog posts and youtube videos stopped coming out. The few that did were seemingly uninspired and I figured I’d let you know what’s going on because some of you have expressed concern for me which even though I may never have met you, it means a lot.
Well truth be told back in the period between September through now I had separated from my wife which was an extremely dark time for me. If you have been on my newsletter (hint you should sign up for my newsletter) then you might have noticed a I had recommended doing an incantation to yourself to get you through a dark time where you look at yourself in the mirror everyday and say “You are too strong and awesome to be defeated” and you repeat that until you are better. I won’t go into the details behind the split because I don’t think it would be fair to her family and they have always been good to me. Suffice it to say it was necessary.
I’m now divorced and loving it. When I used to live for her, now I sum up my marriage in 6 words “Whew that was a close one”. If there was one thing my ex wife was right about it is that I was literally built to be a bachelor. I have been officially back on the market since January 1st this year and dating isn’t exactly rough…when you are a strong, confident, ambitious, goal oriented guy that is proportioned like a Greek statue (fact!) and has a good heart and sense of humor. One thing I can tell you is that a while back I was curious about whether or not there was anything to the Adonis Effect. Oh it is real and it is spectacular albeit you need to have the personality in place in order to get them to realize there is more to you then looking good without a shirt. I’ve also been studying some of the stuff put out by Mystery and Style because I believe that if you are going to do something you should do it right and you can do it right by studying the people that have done it before you and then absorbing what is useful and discarding that which is not.
So suffice it to say, “I’m back baby!”
and I’m back with a vengeance.
So now this blog is going to take a couple new directions rather then simply being about kettlebell training and general things with life. I’ll give advice on dating, body weight, strongman feats and a couple other things. Don’t think of me as a guru. Think of me as the Asian kid in class that you use to get the answers from rather then the teacher. I’ll be writing about my life, not in detail because some things are better left unsaid. I’ll just say that having the Adonis Effect is a cool thing
Anyways this blog post is to just tell you that I’m back.
Just now I asked my facebook following what I should blog about. Fellow metalhead Shawn Torrents (a dude I go back and forth since the days when Myspace was cool) recommended I blog about our favorite band. So I will.
You know I love old school heavy metal of all kinds. When it comes to my taste in music, yeah I love listening to Pink Floyd, and yeah I also love listening to the Rollingstones but the band I find myself drawn to over and over again is a band called Judas Priest.
The vocal power of their frontman Rob Halford is unmatched. I brought my cousin to the last concert entitled Epitaph and he couldn’t believe the power of the dark side. Seriously the man’s voice is f’ing ridiculous. Some might say it’s vocal effects and I claim bs because then everybody would sound that incredible. Singers like him just aren’t around period and at one point I sought to make my voice like his till I found someone who essentially reverse engineered what singers like him do naturally. That’s how I found Jaime Vendera who is to voice what Pavel is to strength. In case you are wondering, yes I can scream high and loud. The karaoke guy dreads it when I am about to hit a high note because his equipment is in danger.
Now another dude Paul Reddick recommended I blog about Chuck Norris. I’m afraid to because we all know what a roundhouse kick to the face would do to this handsome mug. We just can’t have that so don’t tell him.
Now one thing that always proves popular is to blog about sex which is another thing that one of my friends had suggested. Well to be honest I wouldn’t really know what to write about. Techniques? Positions? How to talk to girls? Well the words coming from someone built like a Greek God and the words coming from a fat guy with the upper body strength of a wet noodle would be different. I’m not a fat guy with the upper body strength of a wet noodle so I can’t comment or speculate on that. Besides my Friday nights aren’t spent going out with girls…yet. This is what I did last Friday night right before going out.
Well Melody Schoenfeld RKC remembered that I had promised to make a blog post dedicated to her awesomeness so I will try to make an abridged version…sort of like a cliffs notes tribute.
Melody was an assistant RKC when I went through back in 09. While there I hadn’t really had a chance to talk to her but she found me on facebook and when I checked out her facebook profile and saw that we had a lot in common, we rock. The fact of the matter is Melody rocks…literally. She’s a kettlebell swinging, hard rock singing princess of pain with a soft spot for all things furry.
She isn’t exactly a big girl but she’s become pretty strong though I’ll be honest I don’t know what kind of numbers she’s putting up these days. She’s proof that both women and vegans can become strong if one wished to do so…and you should wish to do so because being strong is awesome.
Now as you know, one of my goals is to be a beast tamer (do a pistol, a one arm overhead press and a pull up with the 48kg/106lbs kettlebell) I do believe it is her goal to do the Iron Maiden challenge (the same exercises done with a 24kg/53lb kettlebell) so maybe our paths will cross either in hard rock, or hardstyle. Either way it’ll rock regardless.
So if you have the opportunity to watch Judas Priest, do it. If you have the opportunity to work with Melody do it. You’ll either get strong, or you’ll go deaf
Eric J. Moss
over and out
Thanks for being awesome.