Archive for January, 2011

Beginner Classes

January 18, 2011

Want to get into kettlebell training but don’t know where to start?

Own a few books and DVDs but aren’t sure you’re doing things right?

Been to a workshop run by another instructor and left feeling like something was missing?

I get emails like this every single day. Like most forms of resistance training, most people that I have seen do not have good mechanics and have no clear picture of what they are doing with kettlebells. I even get students of other instructors coming to me needing help because what they have been shown just isn’t right!

When you consider the speed and technical demands of kettlebell training it is no surprise that even some accredited instructors don’t do a very good job of teaching people how to use them. While a Book or DVD can get you close to good form, it can often be easy to overlook vital aspects of safety and performance as well as figure out ways to train to make progress.

In the past I have taught single day workshops in Melbourne covering as many as six lifts in a 4-6 hour format. The short version is that this is only about 50% successful in giving people a great take home set of skills to maximise their training without having to pay for ongoing training. So I’ve come up with what I feel is a better way –

Starting February 1 Dragon Door Australia will be offering month long Kettlebell Introduction classes. These sessions will run twice per week on Tuesday and Thursday at 6am and 6.30pm.

The greatest benefit of this is that you will get not one exposure to training with the best kettlebell coaches in the country, but eight. Each lesson will further reinforce the ones before it, while simultaneously teaching new skills on top of the ones already learnt. So you’ll get fitter while you gain knowledge! That’s just not possible in a single day workshop.

Normally, I would charge as much as $600 over 6 hours for the amount of information I am teaching, but for these classes the price will be a low $300! Saving you 50% as well as giving you two hours for nothing!

I am convinced that this is a better way to teach kettlebells to people and will give a better result in your own training. Here’s what we’re going to cover:

  • Learn the fundamental lifts of the world’s #1 strength and conditioning system.
  • Fine tune your technique while you receive exceptional hands on tuition.
  • Experience powerful instructor led workouts – a phenomenal way to experience the endless variations of well designed kettlebell training programs.
  • Develop a warrior-like resilience – to endure and overcome the toughest tasks.
  • Discover how to train without pain and neutralise the apparent deficiencies of a high mileage body.
  • Learn these two essential kettlebell exercises that will give you the most bang for your buck. Do you know what they are?
  • Strengthen your legs and hips.
  • Understand the crucial value of quick lifts and slow strength. When and how to use them for maximum effect.
  • How to bullet proof the shoulders and back for Special Ops endurance and strength.

I am convinced that this is the absolute best way to learn how to use kettlebells. In fact, I am so sure that I will offer a 100% money back guarantee if you are not satisfied at the end of the month that you have learnt all the basic drills, greatly enhanced your own strength and fitness and can safely continue using kettlebells on your own.

Don’t delay – take this opportunity to learn from the best. Dragon Door Australia has the most experienced and highest ranked RKCs in the country. Email me at andrewread@dragondooraustralia.com for more details.

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Professional Integrity

January 12, 2011

I’ve been a member of the circus we call the fitness industry in Australia for nearly twenty years now. In that time I have met a handful of great, intelligent trainers who actively seek to better not just themselves but all those around them.

One of the things that has drawn me so strongly to the RKC over the last few years is it’s written Code of Conduct. There aren’t many groups that have such a code, and there are even fewer that pay attention to them beyond what ethics are needed to make fast money.

Another thing that I take great pride in is that a piece of paper that says you have passed the RKC is worth something. It was paid for in sweat and effort. There is no turning up on the day and making it through if you haven’t spent enough time gaining strength and fitness. The Snatch Test alone (100 reps in under 5 minutes with a 24kg bell for men) is enough to keep the tire kickers away. If you pass, you have shown that you are among the best in terms of strength, movement and understanding of Hardstyle kettlebell practice.

As the notoriety of the RKC grows, so too do those wishing to get a free ride on the coat tails of it’s success. Dragon Door have taken great efforts to reduce that with a need to recertify every two years either by taking the course again, assisting at an RKC (if invited) or by undergoing one of their new one day Recertification workshops.

Locally, there have been a few instances of people making claims about their affiliation or status within the community. And one in particular I called out. Due to injury “Chief” James Brabon of Original Bootcamp was unable to finish his RKC technique test. Unfortunately for him, due to the busy nature of his work, he was unable to satisfy the restesting requirements in the three months grace period (also made more difficult by the fact that there is no one in Australia who can retest people meaning he would have had to fly all the way back to the US to retest).

It takes a real man to stand and admit that they were wrong and the Chief has done so, removing all indication that he has passed the RKC from his site. We’ve also worked hard to ensue that the misunderstandings and confusion caused by email etc. have become a thing of the past. In turn I also need to put my hand up and say, that in an effort to protect the brand and serve notice to others in Australia who have misrepresented themselves, that as the highest profile of these he has been caught in the crossfire. James Brabon has been in the industry for a long time and has rightfully become well known and influential because of the strength of his business, his integrity and honesty. In particular I am impressed by the forthright and immediate way he has sought to fix any issues and appreciate the time he has taken to do so.

The Code of Conduct clearly states – I am an RKC therefore I shall carry myself with honour in both my professional and personal life. While james Brabon may not hold the piece of paper he has clearly shown that he has the right mentality to be one of us if he chooses to retest at an appropriate time.

Now, if I could just get some other monkeys of the fitness circus to behave I’d be a pretty happy camper.

Kettlebell Extravaganza!

January 4, 2011

Last year saw the first time ever that a Dragon Door ketttlebell certification was held in Australia. Now, with a growing army of expertly trained instructors, and having run three Hardstyle Kettlebell Certifications, each better than the one before, I am proud to announce what will be the best ever kettlebell event in the country.

Here’s what is going to happen:

On Friday March 18, Senior RKC Shaun Cairns and I will be running 90 minute FMS/ PT sessions. There will only be a very few of these available – 5 at most. We did the same thing in Sydney for Master RKC Dave Whitley and they sold out in a day. Every single person who attended those sessions raved about them and how good they were and many people expressed interest in attending future sessions so we’re doing them again! These sessions are being run by the top two kettlebell trainers in the Southern Hemisphere! Shaun is the only Senior RKC and I’m the only RKCII/ CK FMS! With the FMS component being done by the top trainer in Australia, and the PT session being run by one of Pavel’s elite Senior Instructors, and the only Senior in this half of the world, you are going to have the best 90 minutes of training you’ve ever had! With the first 30 minutes being used to pinpoint and fix your weaknesses, you’ll feel the best you ever have as you begin your training session with Shaun where he’ll go to work on whatever you want to work on. This combination – FMS/ movement then performance is the same as the model used by leading sports coaches and trainers to get their athletes ready for elite competition.

To read more about Shaun Cairns and Andrew Read just follow the links.

March 19 will be the HKC.

March 20… Hold onto your hats….

The day following the HKC we will be running a series of four workshops. Here is the short version –

Clean and Press –

  • How to get the most out of your press – while putting the least amount of strain on your shoulders.
  • How to stop strength “leaking” from your knees and hips – and what the pros do to prevent that.
  • The key characteristics of a good press.
  • How to instantly increase your pressing strength using these Russian secrets.

The Snatch –

  • Learn the ins and outs of the Czar of kettlebell lifts.
  • Learn how not to bruise your arms while snatching.
  • The Snatch is a 3 stage rocket – unlock the secrets to finesse the stages to get more from your training.
  • See why the kettlebell rules for elite conditioning.

Kettlebell Program Design –

  • Learn the key principles of strength development and how maximise them with the kettlebell.
  • Learn how to recognise when to push and when to hold back for elite level conditioning.
  • Discover the hidden strength secrets of the RKC elite.
  • The basic laws of successful progress and how to make gains on top of gains.
  • The perfect number of reps for greater strength.
  • How simple and basic mean successful and strong.
  • Learn how a single kettlebell can be used to take you from ordinary to extraordinary!

RKC Preparation –

  • Learn how to get strong and not burn out!
  • Hone your technique to a new level.
  • How to pass the snatch test in four easy steps.
  • Learn the secrets to get in shape – don’t waste time on show off exercises that won’t help you pass.
  • Take away proven programs to get you ready for the big day and how to use them for maximum effect.

Like I said – it’s going to be a big three days! Shaun is an amazing instructor. This is the guy who is a benchmark for strength amongst the RKC, the first ever Beast Tamer and a guy who accomplished all that using just a 32! Prices will be up in a day or so, but I wanted to give everyone a head’s up so they can start to plan their New Year for maximal strength! Click the link below to reserve your spot in this amazing instructor course!

HKC Certification