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  1. Learning from Failure:  The Early End to the April Squat Challenge
    20 Apr, 2019
    Learning from Failure: The Early End to the April Squat Challenge
    Today during class I announced the early end to the April Squat Challenge.  Actually, for me, the challenge ended on Wednesday.  That  morning I took a bike ride and had no desire to squat at any point for the rest of the day (still getting my riding legs back!).  And so I missed a day.  And “poof” just like that, my motivation was gone. But I know from experience that sometimes, it is okay to quit. Especially if what you are doing no longer serves its purpose.   I tend to get a bit obsessive
  2. On Returning to the Dome of Strength and Thoughts about Being Awesome.
    12 Mar, 2019
    On Returning to the Dome of Strength and Thoughts about Being Awesome.
    In about 6 weeks, I will be returning to the Dome of Strength, this time to pursue a Level II StrongFirst Certification. I was at the Dome 2 years ago, when I had the honor to assist on Master StrongFirst Instructor and now StrongFirst CEO Fabio Zonin’s team. And 2 years before that, I attended my Level I Certification weekend at the age of 47. I had now idea then, and am often still surprised today, that my dream would really become a reality. That I would own my own fitness studio. That I
  3. 10 Reasons to do a Swing Challenge
    20 Jan, 2019
    10 Reasons to do a Swing Challenge
    Just Kettlebells is currently in the midst of their first annual January Swing Challenge. I say first annual, because I am pretty sure we are going to do this every year. The challenge was to set a goal for how many kettlebell swings (any style, and snatches count too) that you could do in the month of January. If at the end of the month, you meet your goal, you win a free class or a $10 just Kettlebells gift certificate. And the person that has the most swings in the month will win 5 free
  4. Scars Too Are Beautiful*
    26 Jul, 2018
    Scars Too Are Beautiful*
    I often wonder when I meet someone new – particularly a new client---what they think about my scar. It’s not like they don’t notice it (though it is rare that anyone comments). It is a pretty long scar from the top of my shoulder half way down my arm. Beneath the scar is a metal plate and fourteen pins that have been doing a substantially phenomenal job holding my right humerus together. It’s quite impressive really :). But I sometimes worry if they think that I somehow injured my arm from
  5. Why I Train ...
    22 Jul, 2018
    Why I Train ...
    For the first 40 years of my life I did not exercise at all. Okay, I did have short stint with running when I was 18 (until my ankles blew up like balloons), and an even shorter stint with swimming in college (hindered by my inability to keep the water from going up my nose). But I was never was one of those people that liked to exercise. But I did like being active. I was always relatively thin (and sometimes very thin). As a young kid I played outside (remember those days?) and I rode my pink
  6. After Sinister ... (I need a new goal!)
    04 Jun, 2018
    After Sinister ... (I need a new goal!)
    So after 14 months of training toward the Sinister Achievement, I have crossed over to the other side!  When I started, I did not realize that I would be at it for 14 months!  And although it was hard work, and at times, really hard work, it was awesome being so focused on one goal. Honestly, as I sit here typing, I can still hardly believe I did it!   Here is the passing video submission:  And now, after a moment (or two or three) of basking in my own success, I find myself feeling a little
  7. It is Our Weakness that Binds Us?
    27 Feb, 2018
    It is Our Weakness that Binds Us?
    "It Is Our Weakness That Binds Us." I heard this saying last week in a different sort of forum, and it has been in my head ever since. As an instructor of strength, I was having a hard time swallowing the idea that weakness would be good for anything. Ask Fabio Zonin (the newly appointed CEO of StrongFirst) which side is his weak side, and he will tell you he doesn’t have a weak side – just one strong side and one strong-ER side. This is the message of strength I have been taught and carried
  8. It's Your Posture, Stupid
    16 Oct, 2017
    It's Your Posture, Stupid
    “It’s Your Posture, Stupid.” Is what I wish my doctor had said to me when I came in to see him 12 years ago with chronic lower back pain. Instead, he just handed me some pills. It also IS what my StrongFirst trainer said to me when he saw my first training videos. Ok, he didn't call me stupid, but he told me that my posture was “lacking”. And improved posture – specifically, being more aware of posture (which is the first step to improved posture) — is the number one comment I hear from
  9. A Few of My Favorite Things ...
    19 Aug, 2017
    A Few of My Favorite Things ...
    These are a few of my favorite things... ... about teaching and training at Just Kettlebells. 1. First, the obvious: it’s mine. My very own studio. It used to be my husband’s law office until I converted it into my mini-gym. And it’s a pretty cool space ... open rafter ceiling, original brick walls. Different. I like different. It is not a big space – we can’t fit more than six people to a class, but I don’t want to train more than six at a time anyway. Which leads me to my next favorite thing
  10. On Becoming a  Middle-Aged Athlete
    11 Jun, 2017
    On Becoming a Middle-Aged Athlete
    I was never an athlete.  I never played sports, never worked-out, never thought about being strong or physically skilled.  I was naturally thin, and never had to restrict my eating to maintain my weight.  However, I also strongly maintained that I was not a "girly-girl" and I did enjoy being physical.  I rode my single-speed Huffy  --- and then when I was 14, my new ten-speed bike ---  everyday and everywhere.  When I was sixteen and got my first job at a grocery store, I ditched the bike for a