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Learning to Wait

I was listening to a sermon one Sunday, and the subject matter was “Learning to Wait’

This one really attached (awakened/spoke to) a theme that has become only too reflective of our present culture.  It was about patience and faith and primarily, our lack of it.  As I sat there, what resonated through me was how prevalent that is in today’s culture.  Not just religious or spiritual faith, but faith in general, faith in the processes of life and the living of it.


 Spiritual faith says (if) I understand that if my goal is heaven that my life here on earth is nothing but preparation to that end.   And in order to reach that my work towards that goal must be both diligent and stead fast.   The same holds true for all life’s pursuits “In order to reach my goal my work towards that end must be both diligent and steadfast   Nowhere does it say easy or instantaneous This is a hard pill to swallow in the face of the overwhelming drive for instant gratification which has become the cornerstone of our society. We, so very many of us have lost true faith, we have no patience.  We have lost the patience to trust the process.     


In the past few years, the advancement of technology has been driven by speed.  How fast can I look up or down load or send information.  How fast does my device process information, do I have the best and the fastest.  3g, 4G, 5G. We wait hours in lines so we can have the gadget that will do more things faster and complain profusely when things are not happening fast enough.  We make decisions based on what will look better in the short term rather than what will be better in the long run.  Take MMA(Mixed Martial Arts), this has become the fastest growing segment of martial arts.   Why is that?  It’s because the public sees it as a shortcut.  I can just learn tofight, I don’t have to worry about learning boring katas or forms. (Not true by the way, but it is the perception).  Everyone wants to be the best.  Very few want to do the work.  It’s not by accident that in the old martial arts movies, the master is always depicted as being old and venerable, reflective of the fact that true mastery takes time.


As Trainers, our biggest challenge is instilling faith in our clients.  We are inundated with all the quick fix promises and hyped miracle drugs or invasive surgery. Where I am today is a product of the things I did in the past.  Where I want to be will be product of what I do from this point forward.  I didn’t get this way overnight, I can’t fix it overnight.


What I must do, is change what I have been doing, so I can change what I will become.  At the same time understanding that what I will become may not be what I envisioned because once I have accepted that reality I have already become something else.


“Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Kettlebell Burn 1200 Calories


Since I began working with kettlebells in 2004, I have been confident that it is the premier training tool available today, both for fat loss and for overall functional strength. For the majority out there in gyms today, training or working out has been about losing weight. Repeatedly I hear the comments about the need for more cardio and the skepticism about how kettlebell workouts are probably more effective than their present workout.  
Sparked by shows like The Biggest Loser, and movies like 300 in which Gerald Butler and the Spartans used kettlebells in part to hone their chiseled physiques, kettlebells are becoming all the rage. Enthusiasts claim twice the results in half the time. 
The claims that the kettlebell delivers superior fat loss to any other method have finally been vindicated by scientists. Funded by the American Council of Exercise (ACE), research published in the January/February 2010 issue of ACE FitnessMatters proves that there’s plenty of scientific truth to back up the fat loss claims.
ACE is one of the oldest and most respected fitness research and certifying bodies in the United States.  ACE is ultra conservative. They don't do fads and they don't do gimmicks. They do solid research.  They want proof.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin are stunned by the research: Kettlebell calorie burn is off the charts.
 Dr. John Porcari, leader of the study, said, “So they were burning at least 20.2 calories per minute, which is off the charts. That’s equivalent to running a 6-minute mile pace. The only other thing I could find that burns that many calories is cross country skiing up hill at a fast pace.” That's 1,200 calories per hour.
The research team led by John Porcari, Ph. D and Chad Schnetter, M.S at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse Exercise and Health Program, used a VO2max kettlebell snatch protocol developed by Dragon Door author and Master RKC kettlebell instructor Kenneth Jay, in Jay’s bestseller Viking Warrior Conditioning.

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New beginning

Welcome to our new web site.  As you can see there are several changes, hopefully all for the better. Please take the time check out the new features and give any feed back you may have so we can continue to grow and improve.  In future I hope to use this blog not only to inform, but to communicate. I welcome any questions or concerns you have in regards to fitness health and training.  I will post response here for everyones benefit I will also be periodically posting my training progress for those who are interested. Thanks for joining us.

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It's Only Water

"It's only water".  For years, this was my common response to the multiple choice we are faced with regarding hydration.  Yes, we do need to be properly hydrated, but apart from taste, there was little difference in the choices of water.   My personal choice was the simple but effective Brita filter.  That was before I was introduced to Kangen Alkaline Water.   About 2 yrs ago I was at the office of a friend and Registered Dietitian Lucho Crisalle.  He was getting his water from his Kangen water machine. I asked what made that machine different. He gave a brief explanation and recommended I try it for a couple of weeks and tell him what I thought.   I have had my own machine for at least 18 months and have been drinking it ever since.   Now it's your turn.

Truth behind bottled water

Americans will spend an estimated $9.8 billion on bottled water this year. This will create 4 billion pounds of trash, which will cost our communities $70 million to clean up. Bottled water is not safer, better tasting or more convenient than tap. So why do Americans keep reaching for more and more bottled water?
Bottled water is inaccurately perceived as the healthiest water choice. We have images of clean mountain streams and bubbling springs of pure water, but the reality is that more than half of all bottled water is derived from municipal water. The purification process removes everything from bottled water not just pollutants, leaving the water void of any nutrients and benefits that are naturally in pure water.
So, what do we know about water, and why is this different?
Drinking water everyday is crucial to maintaining good health. Our bodies are comprised of almost 70% water. Many of the beverages we choose to drink instead of water come with "extras" that our bodies don't need, such as sugar and caffeine. These beverages give us a temporary boost, but their corrosive acid levels are detrimental to our health, don't satisfy our thirst, and make us feel fatigued and dehydrated. Such bad habits take a toll on our health, our energy, and our overall happiness. Thankfully, there is an easy way to avoid these issues.
Water is the key to maintaining good health and hydration. Unfortunately, the world's water is polluted with agricultural run-off, sewage, and other toxic agents that compromise our health. Kangen Water® has a clean, pure taste, without losing any of the important minerals that are normally lost in bottled and filtered water.
Kangen Water® also has the ability to properly hydrate the body while creating a positive alkaline environment.
What is Alkalinity?
As with most things in life, optimal health begins with balance. Our bodies must maintain a pH balance of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. A pH scale is used to determine whether a substance is acidic or alkaline. On this scale 7.0 is neutral. Anything above 7 is considered alkaline and anything below 7 is considered acidic.
The pH levels of your body water affect every cell. Having the correct balance of acid-alkaline will help you obtain optimal health. This can be difficult to obtain if you are not drinking ionized alkaline water.
Because modern lifestyles are full of stress and acidic foods, our bodies are flooded with acid. Your body has an amazing ability to regulate itself, and will go to great lengths to maintain a healthy pH balance of 7.365, slightly alkaline. In an attempt to balance itself, your body will store the excess acid in its cells. This creates unnecessary stress on your organs and other body systems. High acidity levels will interrupt cellular functions.

Kangen Water® also has the ability to properly hydrate the body while creating a positive alkaline environment.

Properly balanced levels of alkaline help neutralize acid in the body, creating a defense against viruses, bacteria, fungi, and other disease-causing organisms. Additionally, Kangen Water® is armed with antioxidants that can fight free radicals at the cellular level.With its hydration, good taste, detoxification, and anti-oxidation, Kangen Water® is the promise for good health that you have been waiting for! What could be more important? After all, your body is water.

Prevention: Pure and Simple
Preventing disease involves more than proper nutrition and exercise. The toxic environment and acidic water can actually attribute to the thriving of many diseases in society, because high acidic levels make the body hospitable to bacteria, viruses, and even cancerous cells. But cancer and other diseases cannot thrive in an alkaline environment. Kangen Water® effectively raises the body's alkalinity and fights against free-radicals that damage healthy cells.
An important part of the Enagic business philosophy is realizing true physical health. Your body is smart, but if you don't provide it with the crucial elements, it won't perform to its maximum potential. Make Kangen Water® part of your daily routine. It doesn't take a dramatic life change to start improving your health. Pure, clean, living Kangen Water® is at your finger tips. 
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Hardstyle Ventura

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of particapting in at Hardstyle Ventura Workshop hosted by Sean Schniederjan, RKC and lead by our leader Pavel Tsatsouline.  In attendance was Master RKC Rick Reifkind, Seniors Will Williams, David Whitley, Doug Nepodal, Team Leaders Jay Armstrsong, Mark Toomey, Dr Mark Chen, Mike Castrogiovanni and Jeremy Layport and Franz & Yoanna Snideman. As well as a couple of other visiting RKC's. 

It is always a pleasure to work in such company.  With Pavel's leader ship we are each encouraged to contribute to the unwavering goal of providing only the best quality information to our clients and our own training. The knowledge we gain and share only continues to make the RKC the premier strength training organization.

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