Christina Danos, Canada

Meet my friend Christina Danos, who is from Canada, and is my Long Cycle twin 🙂 We met at IKFF Worlds Competition in November 2013, where we tied for first place in the 54kg weight division. Both of us lifted a 16kg kettlebell 78 times in 10 minutes, earning us Rank 2 in Sporting Perfection…

KettleSpark Notes: On Fatherhood

This year marks the seventh death anniversary of my mother Mila, yet I still feel her loving presence. Her compassionate and relentlessly positive spirit lives on in my family and in the lives of people she touched. Although I will definitely write about my mother one day, today I want to celebrate the man who…

Gan Power, Ireland

[From left to right: Gan Power, Paolo Encarnacion, Bea Rodriguez (me), Sheryl d’Haenen, Nico d’Haenen] A little over a year ago, I started learning the girevoy sport (GS) style jerk from Coaches Nico d’Haenen and Paolo Encarnacion in the Philippine Kettlebell Club‘s brand-new facility in Pasig City. (I will be featuring Philippine Kettlebell Club in…

Christopher Doenlen, USA

Meet my friend and teammate, Christopher Doenlen, who is originally from Florida and currently based in Washington, D.C. We met in March 2013 at an IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) Competition. He is one of the people who made my first competition less nerve-wracking — he checked my form, and since he knew that I…

Cynthia Roulston, Canada

Meet my friend Cynthia Roulston, who hails from Canada. We met in June 2013 at an IKFF (International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation) Competition in Chicago, where she hit a Personal Record — triple digits in the Long Cycle event! In the brief time that I got to know her, three things about Cynthia impressed me the…