Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Why do I reccomend Dragon Door Kettlebells?

It's just a hunk of iron right?

All kettlebells are NOT created equal....

Why Dragon Door Kettlebells are superior from Dave Whitley on Vimeo.

Getcha some Dragon Door Kettlebells!

RCK Authentic Kettlebells on SALE

Thursday, April 23, 2009

July 4th Kettlebell extravaganza

For the very first time, the Dane of Pain, Kenneth Jay, MRKC and myself will be doing a

H-U-G-E two-day kettlebell workshop in Atlanta, GA on July 4th and 5th, hosted by Condition Gym.

Details are here:Strength and Conditioning Workshop with Kenneth Jay and David Whitley July 4-5

Don't miss this one if you -
Have MVO2 questions
want to press a heavier kettlebell
want to increase you SSST score
want to maximize your Full Body Power
want to learn to bend steel and tear cards

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Training update

40kg Pushpress 12 sets of 5/5 in 15:00. These felt very strong. some were strict presses, but most were push presses.

5:00 rest

10:00 of grip work w/ 20lb pinch lever curls & 115lb Rolling thunder DL didn't keep a rep count.

1x28kg squat & swing, 10:00 5x5 of each. Focus on perfecting the alignment and firing everything correctly. Knees are feeling pretty good.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Biggest loser-Jillian's kettlebell technique FAIL.

I got a BARRAGE of emails along with all my local folks last week when Jillian broke out a 10lb kettlebell on the Biggest loser. I must admit, I have never watched the show, but I did find this clip and see what all the fuss is about.

Jillian has no idea how to use kettlebells. Now, she may be great at other stuff, but she ain't got it when it comes to kettlebells.

This is just one of the many clips of its kind from personal trainers who mistakenly assume that they can use the tool.

Like my buddy Josh Hillis, RKCII said: My issue then is making this mistake on national TV in front of an audience of millions who think you are showing correct form.

In fact, I like what Josh had to say SO much, I'm just gonna restate it here:

I will Teach You To Do The Kettlebell Swing Correctly

Celebrity/TV trainers of the world: I know you are trying... You just need to get some instruction on how to do it. I just want to you to demonstrate correct form.

I recommend all celebrity trainers get five sessions with an RKC Certified Instructor.

I'm going to make an offer to any trainer who is on TV: If you fly out to Nashville, I'll teach you how. For free. If your producer wants you do a kettlebell segment I'll be your technical advisor.

Please: Allow your audience to see kettlebell movements performed with correct (safe and effective) form.

What Not To Do

I'm going to ask that all trainers, not just celebrity trainers, but ALL trainers not teach kettlebell movements if they don't know to do them correctly.

I'll put it as gently as possible: DO NOT TEACH ANYTHING YOU DON'T KNOW HOW TO TEACH.

The reality is, knowing how to do a kettlebell swing correctly is only the first step. There is a HUGE gap between knowing how to DO something, and knowing how to TEACH something.

It doesn't matter if you are a celebrity trainer - if you haven't gotten some instruction from an RKC Certified Instructor, you don't know how to do a kettlebell swing. And if you aren't RKC Certified, you don't know how to teach it.

I agree with Jillian about a few things: Kettlebells are a superior way to burn fat, lose weight, get strong and to have more fun working out.

So I am with Josh: Hopefully celebrity trainers will get some more information about how to do kettlebell swings correctly, and then the next time you see kettlebells on The Biggest Loser, or Fit TV or some other show, then millions of people will see how to do kettlebell swings with powerful, safe, effective form.

I'm hoping they all take us up on the offer. Or if not Josh or me, then another RKC.
Seeing kettlebells on TV at all is an HUGE step forward for the fitness of America.
Seeing them done correctly would be the next level.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

My RKC student in the Boston Marathon

Perhaps you remember this lovely young lady:

Her name is Kelly Cassidy and she was on Team Whitley at RKC Oct. 2008. She did an awesome job and made me very proud.

Since then Kelly has decided to give the Boston marathon a shot and has been training hard and raising money for Brigham and Women's Hospital. HERE is where you can go to help Kelly!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Montgomery AL-Kettlebell Basics and Beyond – Russian Kettlebell Workshop

Date: 4/18/09
Time: 11:00AM – 3:00PM
Place: Old School CrossFit
230-A Mendel Parkway East
Montgomery, AL 36117
mark@alabamacrossfit.com (www.oldschoolcrossfit.com)
Featuring: David Whitley, Sr. RKC The Iron Tamer
Cost: $200.00; due by 4/11/09
You will learn:
-To develop and use full body tension for increased strength
-All aspects/varieties of the kettlebell swing and mistakes you must avoid
-The steps in completing the Turkish Get Up in a safe and effective manner
- The Clean, taming the arc, hand and body position for an effective press
-One arm press & full body tension; the press is only as good as the clean
-How to handle two bells in performing the clean and the press
-How to snatch without banging your forearm.
Be prepared to workout; physically and mentally.