Sunday, August 24, 2008

Kettlebell BBQ in NY

Yesterday I had the honor of hosting a small get-together featuring some of the East Coast's premier kettlebell lifters and trainers.

First to arrive was Franklin Herman, AKC/RKC. Franklin these days, seems to be popping up across America, wherever a kettlebell may be found. He appeared in full tie-dyed fashion, representing both kettlebell camps...

Franklin, fresh out of the Functional Movement Screen Certification, proceeded to line us up one by one for movement screenings. I am happy to report I scored an "18". Franklin has the individual breakdown and my biggest issue turns out to be mid-back tightness as demonstrated during the overhead squat movement. Seems I need to spend more time working on my thorax.

Also in attendance were, from left to right, Master of Sport Ashley Hughes, AKC Kettlebellgirl/Clubbellgirl Laurie Rudach and AKC Coach and Yogi-Extraordinaire Stan Lee.

Lauri was kind enough to bring along a few of her clubbells and gave us a brief hands-on demonstration. I really liked the way these felt. Very different from kettlebells. At the same time, I immediately felt the strain in my back, so I opted to watch more than participate with these. Perhaps in the not too far off future, I will start to play with these.

Laurie and Stan also helped with a some Prasara transition movements that I was having trouble with. We were all over the place. You'll see in this pic, my friend Marion, laid out on the ground. I think the kettlebell women were too much for him. Trust me, he was smiling only moments before hitting the ground.

Once again Mother Nature was very kind to me. Another beautiful Saturday! I was very proud and honored to have such a fine group of friends visit me at the Kettlebells NY Ranch. Hopefully, this will be the first of many such get-togethers.

When things finally wrapped up, I popped two Aleves and iced my back. I was very pleased to wake up this morning feeling no worse for wear. Hopefully, it won't be too long before I am able to pick up a bell and start swinging for real again.


hunashaman said...

Wow! That is quite a lot of amazing people together. I wish I could have joined you guys.

Stanford said...

Thank you and your beautiful family for having me over. I had a great time and the company was amazing. Thanks for the referral for the two fellow Brooklynites. I will follow up with them and let you know how it goes.

John Wild Buckley said...

Oh Man! That looks like it was fun!!!

Howie Brewer said...

Johan, wish you could have been here!

Stan, so glad you were able to make it. What a small world, huh? Awesome we got you some Brooklyn students from a BBQ in Rockland County!

Big John, sorry you missed it. The margaritas were STRONG!!