Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I hope you all will come out and participate in our Swing -A-Thon fundraiser for this worth while cause. Please read below from one of our Rapid Results Fitness Instructors who is in charge of this awesome event!!!
Dear Friends and Fellow Kettlebell Enthusiasts,

I hope that you are doing well. I was recently recognized by the local Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation as an outstanding young professional in the RTP community. In accepting this distinction as part of the Top of the Triangle inaugural class, I have committed to raise at least $2500 to help support the Foundation's research and care programs. Betsy has graciously allowed me to host a special fundraising class at Rapid Results in which ALL proceeds from the class will support the CF Foundation!

WHAT: Kettlebell Class and SWING-A-THON to benefit the CF Foundation

WHERE: Rapid Results Fitness

WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2011 at 1:30pm

Instead of the usual $20 drop-in, I am asking that you donate at least $15 to participate. The class design will accommodate individuals new to kettlebell training as well, so absolutely feel free to bring any one in your life that has been curious about kettlebells with you. This includes family members, your significant other, friends and work colleagues--the more, the merrier!

In addition, a special Rapid Results membership discount will be made available for those who participate. Please mark your calendars and plan on coming to get a great workout in and simultaneously support a great cause.

In the event that you are unable to make it and/or would like to do more to support the CF Foundation, just click on the link below to make a donation which will be credited to my fundraising efforts. Any amount you can donate will be greatly appreciated! It's also important for you to know that the CF Foundation is an efficient, results-driven organization. All contributions are 100% tax deductible and nearly 90 percent of every dollar is made available to support research, care and education.


Many of you may already be touched by someone fighting CF. Not so long ago, children diagnosed with CF weren't expected to make it to kindergarten and now the median life expectancy is 37 years. Tremendous progress has been made in understanding the disease, improving treatment and developing a strong drug pipeline and I really do believe that will continue to see significant advances in controlling and curing CF in our lifetime.

I look forward to working out together to make a difference in the lives of those with CF. Thank you for supporting me as well as the mission of the CF Foundation.


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fighting Cancer with Fitness

As many of you may be aware October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection. In keeping with the theme of awareness of cancer, this blog post is dedicated to the awareness of cancer (of all kinds) and the positive effects exercise can have on cancer patients fighting this dreadful disease.

Through the power of the internet, my guest blogger, Liz Davies, and I "found" each other. She had come across my blog and asked if she could submit an article regarding the power of exercise and it's effect on cancer patients. This is near and dear to her heart, as it is mine, so of course I was thrilled to post it now. Our hope is that this message will reach many and especially those fighting this dreadful disease. 

 Fighting Cancer with Fitness

Unfortunately, many people in the world are faced with having to fight cancer. Cancer treatment might include chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or medications. These treatments could have side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting or constipation. Therefore, many people are now choosing to fight this horrible disease and its side effects with fitness.

People who have cancer feel that they just do not have the strength to do any sort of exercise. However, fitness can give individuals cardiovascular endurance and reduce anxiety. It can also help lower blood pressure, decrease depression and fight fatigue. Fitness can give cancer patients a feeling of control and self-esteem.

Cancer patients are told that it is a good idea to exercise about 150 minutes each week. Walking, swimming or jogging are examples of fitness activities that could help cancer patients. Stretching is also a good activity to do. In addition, studies are now showing that fitness can prevent cancer from returning, and it can possible stop the progression of the disease.

After being diagnosed with cancer, fitness can actually reduce the chance of dying from the disease. Furthermore, chemotherapy is hard on the immune system; therefore, exercise can help mend the immune system. Cancer has also been known to spread faster in people who over obese. Therefore, fitness also helps control weight, which might be associated with a more bleak diagnosis. One of the side effects of cancer treatments is the loss of bone and muscle mass. Exercise can help eliminate these effects. This is true for all types of cancer including breast cancer,pancreatic cancer , and even rare types like papillary mesothelioma.

In women, exercise decreases levels of hormones and insulin to avoid the development of breast cancer. In addition, fitness can help reduce the chances of colon cancer because exercise produces a general balance of energy. Because hormone metabolism and insulin are controlled by energy, the colon does not have as much exposure to carcinogens.

Many people worry about whether exercise is safe for cancer patients who are undergoing treatments. It is completely safe for individuals who are receiving cancer treatments to exercise. However, patients should not push or overexert themselves.

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, fear can creep in. Therefore, people need to have the strength to fight and to not give in to the disease. Exercise can help give cancer patients the perseverance that they will need to endure during this difficult time in their lives.

Liz Davies is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer especially interested in health and wellness. She became particularly interested in ways cancer patients can cope with the side-effects of their treatment after her mother became an oncology nurse for lung cancer.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Do Kettlebells Isolate Muscles??

That's a great question. The reality is, whether you are doing a biceps curl or triceps extension, your body doesn't work in isolation.

EVERYTHING is working, just at varying degrees.

A class member recently asked how to "isolate" the triceps with kettlebell training.
The answer is simple: Press, press, press some more.

Oh, and here's the best part: According to some of the leading strength coaches in the field, the triceps are primarily fast-twitch muscle fibers, which means that in order to "tone" them, you need to use heavier weights, which of course means you must use lower reps.

Not only that, the triceps are made up of three parts: the medial head, the long head, and the lateral head. The part that makes your arm look the tightest is the long head and it is best worked heavy from an overhead position.
Good thing we perform our presses with heavier weight and lower reps!
If you look at my arms, they were built off compound exercises, like the clean and press, the snatch, rows, and even squats! You can train yours the same way for similar results.

What's the bottom line? If you want tighter looking triceps, learn how to push your feet through the floor, pull your kneecaps up, squeeze your butt, tighten your abs, power breath, crush the kettlebell handle, and press from the lat. That way you'll use your WHOLE body to make your arms look better and not only that, your entire body will be worked in the process--also proving that you can't work the body in isolation!
See you in class.