Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kettlebells, Corrective Exercise, & Honolulu - Hardstyle Hawaiian Time!

That's right, folks! It's been a LONNNNNNNG time comin', but Doc's finally coming back to Hawai'i and bringing the Power of Pavel & the Goodness of Gray along with him!

I'll be teaching my first workshops on Oahu this coming June 7th & 8th at the newly opened Fitness Ranes on Beretania in Honolulu!

1213 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI 96814  (808) 398-4931

But who are these workshops for?? Who can actually do them safely? Who's invited? And what will I get?

1) NEWBIES: For those who've never touched a kettlebell before, but want to see, feel, and understand the safest methods to train with this old-school Russian training tool that will get you stronger, kickstart your fat-loss safely & effectively, and training in the metabolic sweet spot while minimizing your chances of injury, this is the perfect intro.

Why? Because if there's one thing that I pride myself on, it's training people to have a solid grasp of fundamentals.

Whether you're a total beginner or a seasoned pro, the key to performance lies in safely refining the basics, and that's where Doc's delivery shines!

Instead of no pain, no gain, it's all about NO PAIN, NO PAIN when I teach!

2) KETTLEBELL INSTRUCTORS: For those of you insiders who've been following my work with the RKC/StrongFirst Hardstyle kettlebell training crew and earned your instructor certifications, don't you worry! The insights you'll gain will help you supercharge the stuff you already know & take it to the next level. Ask almost any instructor who's already attended any of my workshops, and I'll guarantee that anyone worth their salt took away far more game-changing goodies than they were expecting!

It doesn't matter if you've trained with another kettlebell certification group or not, I'm not putting people on blast. My whole goal is to give you more tools to help keep you, your clients, and/or your patients moving, feeling, looking, and performing better.

Considering that people will likely be coming from all over the islands, this could very well be the perfect networking opportunity for you as well to hook up with other trainers, physical therapists, and potential client referral sources! In addition to all of that, you get a special discount! Scroll down to see more!

3) BEACHBODY COACHES: It's been a few years since Tai Cheng has been released, but don't think I haven't heard your requests for a kettlebell training program! While Beachbody has yet to formally approach me to put one together, I've continued to teach for my personal teacher & mentor, Pavel Tsatsouline, as a Senior StrongFirst Girya SFG instructor.

In spite of the lack of a specific program in the Beachbody library, kettlebells and the "Hardstyle" training method have still attracted the attention of mega-coaches like Mike French (pictured above), who even trained hard & earned his instructor certification!

The kettlebell is the best weight-training device that I've found in my decades in the fitness, martial arts, and strength & conditioning industry. Its versatility in terms of space, variety of exercises, and benefit is damn hard to match!

So what are you waiting for? Scroll down towards the bottom of this post & register! If you're an active Beachbody coach, you just might get a nice discount off your registration!

4) PAIN MANAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS, REHAB DOCTORS, & PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: There's a reason why I got into kettlebells in the first place.... I was injured.

I couldn't run, I couldn't sleep through the night without pain, and I couldn't train without suffering for days afterwards. 

What changed all of that?... The methods that both Pavel & Gray Cook used to re-train my body got me back to where I could sprint right out of a seat, sleep through the night without my arms & hands going numb, and back to where I could move with power & confidence instead of the fear that the smallest movements were going to set off another injury.

The progressions we're going to go through with both the lifts and the Prehab-Rehab progressions are designed to get you moving better, feeling stronger, and suffering less. This stuff is the soul of what I do in my clinic in SoCal for everyone from the professional athletes to the person recovering from an injury post-surgery. For those of you who are medical professionals & movement therapists, this is some of my very best stuff, and I'm giving it to you!

I'm gonna be peeling back the stuff that everybody takes for granted to a level where even the most experienced look at what I'm teaching & have to stifle the urge to scream "Holy $h!#!!!!!"

Like I said before, if you understand basics, everything else is easier, safer, better, & lasts longer. So I'm kicking off Saturday with Hardstyle, High Detail & peeling back the ballistic hinge to reveal the essentials of restorative joint alignment & power production, and then changing gears to bring it down to the ground with the Secrets of Strength - The TGU Unlocked. 

Now this is way more than the workshop footage you may have seen that I did with IDEA on Kettlebell Rehab. This is breaking down what it really means to optimize, showing the value of the finer points, and re-educating your body in a way it's probably never experienced before!

"But I already know the Swing & Get-Up! Saturday is gonna be boring!"

Yeah, I thought so, too, when I went to my first RKC. As a personal student of Pavel's, I didn't think that the Swing or Turkish Get-Up would be even worth a mention as far as stress to me. Some of you may have heard that the Turkish Get-Up is one of my favorite exercises, so much so that I wrote the book (literally) for Gray Cook's Kettlebells from the Ground-Up DVD. But when I went through the RKC for the first time, a tall Danish fellow named Kenneth Jay, who was then a Senior RKC, called me out in front of the group for corrections on my Get-Up technique. Because of him giving me insights into how to look at something I took for granted for months & months, I ended up learning TONS more about the Get-Up, eventually becoming one of the world's authorities on its execution. 

If you think it's all about the high bridge, you couldn't be more mistaken!

During the Saturday session, I'll break down the TGU's 3 layers of benefit as a movement screen, a corrective exercise, and a strength & conditioning tool so that you understand how to address a multitude of people by applying a wonderful tool in a bunch of ways that are tailor-made to your audience & help you create strength that you never knew you had while improving your 1RMs!


Sunday's all about Subtle Strength. Developmental sequence training is something that the badasses in the rehab, chiropractic, osteopathic, and physical therapy worlds have been paying attention to for a while now. Most of the fitness world doesn't even have this stuff on its radar yet, but it's the best kept secret in terms of low-risk, high-reward fitness & rehab training, especially when paired with the human performance GPS known as the Functional Movement Screen

This material is what forms the basis for my Prehab-Rehab 101 DVDs, which were recently released by & have been blessed by some incredible praise!

So you need to be a medical guru to attend or understand the material on Sunday? NO WAY!

This stuff is going to be taught in a language that EVERYBODY can understand. I'm not big on geek-speak. I'm big on everyone going home with as much USEFUL information as they can possibly apply successfully.

The coolest thing about the Prehab-Rehab progressions that we're going to cover on Sunday is that they're NOT just for the injured or weak, just like they're not just for the pro athletes. The progressions we'll go over are for EVERYBODY, and as soon as you see how to break them down & get the most out of them, I have no doubt that they'll become part of YOUR TRAINING sessions!

How will we measure improvement? Simple! By revisiting the lifts from Saturday, the Sunday progressions will show you how much better you move & perform. That's a built-in gauge for you to not only see how well you're doing, but a great way of communicating that benefit to your clients!

OK... Now that I have your attention, people who register for BOTH Saturday & Sunday will receive a special swag bag with some of my favorite goodies inside!  EXPIRED as of 5/19/14. Since we didn't change the price for the early bird special on 4/26, we're just gonna do away with the swag bags for any registrants who are signing up between now & the workshop date.


You can choose to come just on Saturday or Sunday, but the best value for your dollar (and your training) is going to be for both days. These are EARLY BIRD PRICES & will go up on April 26th at midnight! Once we sell out the limited number of spaces, no more will be opened. 

Why the limited number of spaces? Because I want to make sure that I get a chance to work with EVERY SINGLE PERSON during the course of the day. This isn't about me showing you a couple of cool moves & just leaving you to struggle with an assistant. I want you to leave having the experience of working DIRECTLY with me! 

Also, Fitness Ranes isn't some big-box gym where you're just one of the nameless crowd. This is a special place, and you're going to be one of the first people in there to learn some potentially life-changing stuff. So it was a big honor for me to be invited to teach there by Bruddah Chris, and I want to make this something special for all of you!

Just go to the drop-down menu of the days you want to attend and register based on your affiliation! We will be checking IDs & require proof of either RKC/StrongFirst instructor certification OR active Beachbody coach status for those of you who are planning to enjoy those discounts.

YOUR BEST VALUE - Both Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8, 2014

Registration options

But if you can only make it to one day, it'll be an honor to see you and a pleasure to work with you or either of these days!

Saturday, June 7, 2014 only: 12noon - 7pm

Kettlebells Fine-Tuned workshop (Saturday June 7th, 2014)

Sunday, June 8, 2014 only: 9 - 12:30pm & 1:30 - 5pm

Prehab-Rehab 101 workshop (Sunday June 8th, 2014)

I'll be looking forward to seeing you there at Fitness Ranes - 1213 S. Beretania Street, Honolulu, HI!

Much aloha,