RKC and IBD: Certification Weekend!

5 Minutes to Glory – August 24-26, 2012

Where do I even begin…first off


Very Proud

I had an amazing experience over the last 3 days. I learned a lot. I swung a kettlebell a lot. I got to meet a lot of really smart, great people.

Honestly, I’m having a hard time putting together complete thoughts right now – too cialis online 20mg many great moments and thoughts from this weekend keep interrupting. I know that my swing has improved – it was good to begin with but there will always be room to improve. Brett Jones has been involved with RKC for years and he is still working on his swing. I’m no Brett Jones. I’m simply impressed and humbled by the practice of achieving excellence in simplicity.

Seriously, how complicated does a really great, crisp swing look? Not very, right? But to have just spent 3 days working on only 6 moves

  • Swing
  • Get Up
  • Clean
  • Press
  • Front Squat
  • Snatch

highlights the intricacies and importance of sound fundamentals. It shows the importance of intention.

My intention for the past 3+ months has been to prepare for – and pass – the RKC snatch test (100 snatches in 5 minutes with a 24kg kettlebell).

That worked out very well. I just passed the test today!

However, what I did not plan for – or intend to happen – was to be flooded with so much additional knowledge this weekend. I thought I’d kinda breeze through the other moves over the weekend. I was intent on that 5 minute test. I’m glad I here was able to absorb so much more and learn about the challenge of making simple…simple.

This is a skill that can be practiced. Why does Usain Bolt make running fast look so simple? How do the best athletes, musicians, and artists make things look so simple? They are better at the basics than 99.99% of everyone else. Maybe they are blessed or gifted more than others. But they also know the importance and value of how the basics make things work better.

Keep it simple. You may want to improve your snatch – great. First improve your deadlift or maybe your swing. Nailing home the basics will take care of the more complex. It will help with your kettlebell training. It will help with your novel. It will help with your next work of art.

Simplifying the basics also helps with anyone living with IBD. I try to stick to what foods I know work for me. It’s nothing really crazy.

  • Organic eggs
  • Organic fruits and vegetables
  • Quality sources of protein
  • Water
  • Basic http://skylitecellars.com/ vitamins, minerals, and supplements

Our bodies are amazingly complex. Nothing really works in a vacuum – inside and out. We don’t digest food without several things happening in coordination. We don’t move our bodies in isolation. The beautiful thing is that when all these processes happen together, in sync and in harmony, is looks and feels simple

Keep it simple

  • Eat great food and drink water
  • Move your body
  • Be happy

You don’t have to do 100 snatches in 5 minutes to see how great simple feels

~With Strength and Nutrition

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