Archive for December, 2009

Merry Kettlebells!!

December 27, 2009

I hope everyone has had a nice Christmas.

I got the opportunity to have a sleep in – a rare treat for any trainer – plus play with my brother’s kids for the afternoon. There’s something magical about kids on Christmas that makes the whole thing worthwhile. And while they got piles of presents from us all I can’t help but feel that I got the best present of all…

Kettlebells!

Dragon Door Kettlebells in Australia!

200 authentic Dragon Door kettlebells

You see, on Wednesday the 23rd I received the first shipment of Dragon Door Kettlebells from overseas. It may have been 38 degrees. We may have had to haul 1500kg pallets 150m down the street to get them to our car park and we may have had to carry 4500kg of kettlebells upstairs, but it was all worth it!

We now have in stock everything from 8kg up to 44kg. In fact, we have 200 kettlebells now in stock.

Unfortunately, with every good news has to come a little bad. The bad news is that shipping hasn’t been finalised yet so customers outside of Victoria can’t get them immediately. But anyone living in Melbourne will be able to come by and pick up whatever they want.

Anyone really serious about strength and kettlebell training needs look no further than Dragon Door Australia – with kettlebells, Pavel’s books and DVDs and now with the HKC – we are the number one supplier of authentic hardtsyle products and training in Australia.

I hope you all have a safe and happy new year and I look forward to meeting you, training with you and supplying you with all your hardstyle needs for 2010.

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The Russians Are Coming!

December 18, 2009

I am so excited about this next piece of news I can barely contain myself. Not only has Dragon Door Australia finally gone live with our website and training facility, but now I can say that we are about to offer true Hardstyle kettlebell training Down Under for the first time ever!

This is not some made up local workshop presented by someone who learnt kettlebells from a book. Nor is this workshop about Girevoy Sport like other locally run courses. This is the real deal. A fully sanctioned 100% Dragon Door operated event that will see one of the world’s most knowledgeable kettlebell experts come to our shores.

Senior RKC Shaun Cairns – the first man to complete the Beast Challenge – is coming to Melbourne to run two HKC’s. Having had the enormous privilege of being in Shaun’s team during my RKC I am delighted to have him run this first event for Dragon Door Australia. He understands kettlebells inside out and as one of Pavel’s select Senior RKC’s is amongst the top dozen instructors in the world.

The HKC is a one day course featuring three lifts. We are going to run two, back to back, on the weekend of march 20 and 21, 2010. For more details on the HKC, and to sign up, follow this link:
Dragon Door’s HKC Instructor Workshops- Enter the lucrative world of the certified kettlebell trainer—and attract more clients for a better income. How to master the essentials of kettlebell lifting—and dramatically boost your power.Click here for Course Information or Register Now!.
How to master the essentials of kettlebell lifting—and dramatically boost your power and effectiveness as a personal trainer or coach Pavel and Dragon Door’s one-day, entry-level kettlebell instructor certification workshop .

Currently there are no authentic Dragon Door kettlebell instructor’s courses being held in Australia nor are there courses offered that have CECs. I am already in talks with both Fitness Australia and Kinnect to have points accredited to these events.

Spaces are limited at these events – we are only taking 15 people for each day! With two RKC’s and one Senior present this will give a student to instructor ratio of 5:1. This will ensure that everyone gets the absolute most they can from the day.

I can’t explain how excited I am about this all going ahead. To have the opportunity in Australia to learn from one of the world’s best is a chance that is too good to be ignored. If you’re serious about your training or are a personal trainer who uses kettlebells, you need to attend this course.

Dragon Door are the world leaders in kettlebell training. Don’t delay, don’t miss this opportunity. With only thirty spots up for grabs it will be first in best dressed.

The First Step

December 14, 2009

Confucius said that “Even a journey of a thousand steps begins with the smallest step”.

In the world of training most people skip the first step and try to go directly to something fancy, fun and impressive looking.

So much of our training life is spent trying to gain strength and fitness, but is it what we really need? Most people could really benefit from gaining some extra movement skill, joint mobility and flexibility first. What good is loading up a squat if you can only squat half depth with poor form?

And so the continuum of training should be: mobility, stability, strength and then finally conditioning. If I could liken it to a car imagine having a car with bald tires, wheels out of line, no brakes and dodgy suspension. Then we drop a new engine in the car and take it to the track. It’s great going in a straight line but what happens when you arrive at turn 1 faster than you’ve ever been before with no brakes, wheels wobbling all over the place and a car that won’t steer?

If that is your body you wind up hurt.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to put new tires on your car, get the wheels balanced, new suspension and a full service before dropping a new engine in?

In the realm of training, learning how to stabilise a load is pretty much the first thing that is expected of a client. As soon as anyone, whether they are in shape or not, enters a gym they are expected to lift weights. But if someone isn’t able to stand with good posture, or walk with the body held in good alignment then how can they be expected to keep proper alignment when lifting an external load?

Andrew Lock, physiotherapist to the stars has said that bodyweight training is like the primary school of physical training. Without developing these essential skills that we can use for the rest of our lives everything else we do is compromised. As Grey Cook says “there is no point stacking fitness on dysfunction”.

If bodyweight is essential skills and similar to primary school then barbells and dumbbells are like high school. A big step forward. But again, if you can’t achieve a full controlled movement, pain-free with just bodyweight what point is there in adding load? So while resistance training is a great tool it is a further step up the chain.

The final step is university level movement skills. And this is where kettlebells come in. By having to be balanced in an extra plane they create a much bigger demand on postural awareness and dynamic balance. Where barbells and dumbbells only have to be lifted against gravity which only works straight up and down, the kettlebells has to be balanced in a forward and backward manner because of its pendulous nature.

So the very first thing people should do is to take a look at well thought out bodyweight training programs. One of the best known bodyweight training books in the world is Pavel Tsatsouline’s Naked Warrior. This has been the number two best seller on Amazon.com’s fitness books list! It’s available now through Dragon Door Australia. Don’t waste another second on performing training that your body is ill prepared for. Learn the secrets of full body tension, muscle irradiation and how to protect your spine and shoulders during dynamic movement.

Contact us now or visit the website for more details.

We. Are. Live!

December 3, 2009

I hope Bruce Buffer, announcer for the UFC, doesn’t mind me stealing one of his catch phrases!

After months of work I am proud to say Dragon Door Australia is now up and running. You can check out the new site here at: www.dragondooraustralia.com We will be selling all of Dragon Door’s products here in Australia as the official distributor down under.

Already in stock are Pavel’s main kettlebell books – Enter the Kettlebell and Return of the Kettlebell (both book and DVD for both). In addition there is his non-kettlebell books such as Beyond Bodybuilding, Power to the People and Marty Gallagher’s modern iron classic Purposefully Primitive. We are also stocking Andrea du Cane’s smash hit fat loss kettlebell workout for women Kettlebell Goddess and the brilliant Grey Cook/ Brett Jones masterpiece Kettlebells From the Ground Up, plus Master RKC Kenneth Jay’s scientifically backed Viking Warrior Conditioning.

While we don’t have all the Dragon Door products in stock yet we will be getting them soon. If there’s something you’re after just let me know and I’ll add it into the next order.

In addition we expect our first shipment of Dragon Door kettlebells to arrive just in time for Christmas! I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on a pair of the best bells in the world again! There’s something just innately better about using a bell that has the RKC stamp of approval on it. Everything about these bells is designed as Pavel intended – to be the ultimate hand-held gym. From the non-slip finish to give better grip to the rust proof coating to the size of the bell and thickness of the handle – don’t be fooled by local imitations!

Feel free to drop by the site, or to email me if there is anything you’re looking for but we don’t have yet. I can be found at andrew.read@dragondooraustralia.com