But to add to Waitzkin’s idea: getting surprised is NOT the only thing we can count on. We can also count on the kindness and wisdom of true friends, and fellow GS athletes and coaches, who truly have your back, no matter what. They continue to be a deep source of inspiration, not only for how to be strong physically and mentally, but also for how to behave magnificently, both on and off the platform. It is because of them — and you — that I continue to lift and encourage others to lift.
For those of you who are going through tough times, be kind and patient with yourself, and don’t give up. We are here for you, and you can do this! And for those who are on the fence about competing, try it! You just might surprise yourself 🙂CONTINUE READING
“And happiness… what is it? I say it is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing or that, but simply growth. We are happy when we are growing. It is the primal law of all nature and the universe…” -From Page 121 of J.B. Yeats’ “Letters to His Son W.B. Yeats and Others 1869-1922” This […]CONTINUE READING
What is a kettlebell? It’s a ball of metal with a handle. It’s a simple, portable workout tool designed to develop full-body conditioning and fitness. You can use kettlebells to compete in girevoy sport (GS) or kettlebell sport (more on this later), or to perform various movements to improve your strength, conditioning, agility and balance. […]CONTINUE READING
“I teach kettlebells,” I said. Blank looks crossed their faces. “Kettle-what?” “Kettlebells. It’s an exercise tool — it looks like a cannonball with a handle,” I replied. I described some exercises and the kinds of lifts, like the swing, clean, jerk, and snatch. “It’s an efficient way to to improve your cardio and strength. I […]CONTINUE READING
Life throws curve balls at everyone at some point, sometimes one after another. That’s what happened to me beginning 2006: my mother passed away suddenly; three years later my brother died of an accident. I constantly felt overwhelmed with a stressful social service job, as I struggled to carve out a more hopeful future. In […]CONTINUE READING