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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Eileen Backman

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Chasing Sinister ... Still
    22 Dec, 2017
    Chasing Sinister ... Still
    As those of you who follow my Just Kettlebells Facebook page know, I have spent much of 2017 Chasing Sinister. That was not my intention when I started the year, my only goals were to re-certify my Level I, and hopefully get an opportunity to assist at the Dome (which I did and it was amazing). But the idea came to me to program a modification of Simple and Sinister Training for my Level II am class. At that time I had been working with the same 5 class members for over 6 months, and I thought
  8. The Problem with Kettlebells ...
    06 Nov, 2017
    The Problem with Kettlebells ...
    I was reading an article this morning about the problem with kettlebells. And the author’s complaint was the kettlebell trainers tend to be elitist – thinking that kettlebell training is the true way to perfect conditioning and that all other methods fall short. And perhaps because I have a business named Just Kettlebells, you might think that I am a kettlebell elitist too. And if you thought that, you would be wrong. I have dedicated my group classes at Just Kettlebells  to just kettlebells
  9. 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