Archive for February, 2010

What you need to do to pass the HKC

February 18, 2010

If you’re a trainer successfully completing a Dragon Door course will put you miles ahead of your competition. Full stop. The skills and techniques learnt at the HKC will open your eyes to so many new training ideas that your clients’ progress will skyrocket. People take note of those things and sooner or later you’ll have a whole new group of people wanting your services as a  trainer.

But, the standard is high. We don’t let just anyone into our club. The HKC is not a beginner kettlebell seminar like the locally offered courses. It is a one day instructor certification modelled on the world famous Russian Kettlebell Certification, the gold standard for kettlebell instruction world wide. In other words, there is an assumption that you already have the skills down to a high level of proficiency before attending the course.

Once there we will teach you how to break those skills down, troubleshoot your clients’ technical flaws and instantly correct them with a tool box of fail safe drills. No local course can do that.

But what if you want to come but your knowledge of kettlebells is limited? Given the timing I can say that you have a few options. The first, is to buy Pavel’s bible of kettlebell training Enter the Kettlebell. There is a reason this book is cited as THE reference source for kettlebell training – because its jam packed with 100% awesomeness!

Here’s the scoop – Pavel is the guy who made kettlebells popular in the West. He’s a world renowned strength and conditioning guru. The majority of kettlebell courses all proclaim to teach “Hardstyle”. Hardstyle is Pavel’s creation based on his extreme knowledge of force production, power training and physical culture.

So why go somewhere else when you can learn from the source? Enter the Kettlebell is the number one kettlebell instruction book in the world written by the market creator. I can’t even count the number of times I have read my own copy in getting ready for the RKC and then in further refining my technique.

If it has a drawback, it is that some people learn better with moving images, such as from a DVD. If that is the case then the Enter the Kettlebell DVD is a good idea.

Personally I find the combination of the two to be the best. Originally I bought the DVD, but sensed there was something missing from the explanations. Once I bought the book I found a wealth of extra information and program design. The programs contained inside ETK form the basis of everything you need to become strong enough to pass the RKC while the technical tips are what will allow you to quickly learn correct form for the HKC in just a few weeks.

Another option is to attend our HKC preparation class which starts this weekend. Taught by Pavel’s top instructor in Australia, at the HQ for all things Dragon Door in Australia, this is the best way to get ready for the HKC. The cost is $240 for 6 hours of instruction aimed solely at making sure you pass the HKC. This weekend starts at 11am, and the other two days are March 6 and 13. For more information call Andrew Read on 0412 658 434.


Train With the Best

February 1, 2010

I haven’t yet met anyone who was interested in getting fitter, leaner or stronger who hasn’t enjoyed training with kettlebells, provided the instruction was good. Unfortunately there are many poor trainers around. Rather than take the time to go and learn from the best and soak up the knowledge they would rather do something haphazardly in the rush to make a quick buck before moving onto the next exercise fad.

And that’s where Dragon Door Australia is different. We don’t use a wide variety of toys in our training, nor do we introduce new exercises every session – we’d rather see our clients master a few things and really get a good benefit from that than from trying out a hundred different things.

In training there is a thing called SAID – Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demand. In short, you get good at the things you do often. If your workout changes all the time, or the equipment you use during the workout changes all the time, then you aren’t really going to benefit too much from the training. The real benefits of training come from being able to work the hell out of an exercise, really loading it up, or being able to hold your posture even during a very intense set. Not from randomly changing your session every time.

Not only that but our classes are run by the very best – only RKCs or HKCs will ever run our classes. In other words, people who have passed the highest level of scrutiny in terms of their own technique and their teaching ability. And all that means better results for you.

Now with classes running at 6am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and at 6pm Tuesday and Thursday there are plenty of available time slots for training. We also limit our classes – we would prefer that every student has textbook form and can train safely, without risk of injury, rather than cramming people in trying to make more money.

Have a look at what others have had to say about training with Andrew Read, the head instructor at Dragon Door Australia.

Classes are held at 555 Victoria Street, Abbotsford. For more information either contact Andrew at or on 0412 658 434.

Remember, to get in the best shape of your life you need the help of the best trainers around. Nothing competes with the RKC system for kettlebells and our trainers are at the top of their field in Australia.