Friday, July 18, 2014

SFG Kettlebell User Course - Chicago, IL August 24

SFG Kettlebell User Course
Betsy Collie Senior SFG Instructor
Sunday, August 24, 2014
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Central Time)
Registration $299 

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Lona Fitness
314 W. Superior St. Chicago, Illinois 60610
United States
Phone: 919-403-8651

The one-day SFG Kettlebell Course is more than entry-level user instruction for the AK-47 of exercise equipment—the kettlebell. It is education in moving strong.
No previous kettlebell experience is required. No matter what your goals are, we strongly urge you to take this Course. On one end of the spectrum, subtleties taught in this course have been instrumental in helping Donnie Thompson make a breakthrough in strength while making back problems a thing of the past—and eventually breaking the 3,000 pound world superheavyweight powerlifting total record. On the other end is Tracy Reifkind, who lost over 100 pounds in less than a year.

  • Kettlebell training safety procedures.
  • Essential joint mobility exercises.
  • Sophisticated breathing techniques for strength, back safety, endurance, and reducing the stress level.
  • “Hip-centric” (McGill) movement, a must for strength and back health.
  • Strength Stretching™ principles and key exercises which enable greater expression of strength while dramatically reduc- ing the back, hip, and knee stress.
  • “Lat-centric” shoulder mechanics which protect the shoulder while significantly increasing strength.
  • The most “functional” exercise—the deadlift.
  • A powerful drill for strengthening the feet and the ankles and injury proofing the hamstrings—the one-leg deadlift.
  • The single most beneficial exercise anyone can do—the swing.
  • The get-up—your strongman mentor.
  • The most foolproof squat—the goblet squat.
  • A foundation for barbell skills (this course is a prerequisite for our barbell course).
  • What GPP really is and how to program it. Misunderstanding of general physical preparation, prevalent in the West, even among coaches, prevents one from reaching his or her athletic potential and predisposes him or her to injuries.
  • The principles of effective program design refined and condensed from the Russian methodology.
  • A number of foolproof program design tools and sample programs for a variety of training goals


Dear StrongFirst,
I just wanted to send you a big thank you, and 2 thumbs up on your kettlebell course. My wife and I attended the SFG Kettlebell course in Fayetteville N.C., taught by SFG Senior Instructor Betsy Collie. The Course was hosted by SFG instructor Jill Mahurin at Silverback Fitness.

I am a 51 year old field operations paramedic for New Hanover Regional EMS in Wilmington, N.C. Myself and 100 coworkers will respond to over 60.000 calls in 2014. I have been surfing for over 40 years with an extensive competitive history. I stand paddleboard race for cross training, and have earned 2 black belts. My wife Melissa is a massage therapist and surfer, and very gifted at both her trade and passion. I have been training with  kettlebells for 6 years. Probably like most, I bought the ETK book and video, went to my courage corner and began to practice. Kettlebells have kept me strong, resilient, and kept my hips powerful. I believe all good athletes move from the hips.

Wow, what an eye opening day. Betsy and the StrongFirst course content were fantastic. Betsy brought such passion and energy to her instruction. She really wanted you to get a deeper understanding of  the StrongFirst principles. This day was true goldmine of knowledge, as Betsy was able to instruct and prepare you to get strong before the movements. Her cueing and masterful correctives brought so much more tension and strength to my game.

The course content was much more evolved than the HKC certification I obtained in 2011.Everyone who attended had a basic grasp of the movements being taught, as Betsy was able to teach the subtle details that get the most out of each rep. Two of the biggest pearls of wisdom I walked away with were “zip it up and finish the lift”, which really brought each rep full circle. Tension when needed, relaxation when needed. She was excellent in having to get our pelvis tucked, kneecaps up, shoulders packed with lats in control, and breath control.

Once again, Betsy’s attention to detail is finer that frog hair. She’ll see it, she’ll correct it, and she has the depth and knowledge to explain it. There is also so much more than the 5 movements listed , with the yang plank, dead swing , and “the plan” hid- den in the mix.

Thank you Pavel and your team for making this information and course available. you have greatly improved the quality of my life, and me as an athlete. I guess I’m going to have to put my sites on a SFG certification in the future. And in conclusion, all I can say is, take this course, train with Betsy , and get Strong!
Andrew Herzog, NREMT-P Carolina Beach, N.C., USA

I couldn’t agree more Andy! My husband and I also attended Betsy’s StongFirst Kettlebell Course at Jill’s facility. I emphatically echo what Andy said. This was my second experience being taught by Betsy as I followed the recommendations of this forum when I started S&S last January and sought a StrongFirst instructor to get my form checked. Her passion and depth of knowl- edge for the kettlebell far exceeded my expectations on both occasions. There were so many nuggets of information to take away and Andy mentioned several. One thing I will add in that regard (really there are so many that will present themselves as I train and re-read my notes!) is how important it is to practice technique and own the movements; especially before moving up in KB size. If you read this forum regularly you won’t have to wait too long to hear someone ask “should I move up a KB size” or “am I ready yet” or “wow! When I jumped up to the 32 it took me much longer to progress”. Strength is a skill and part of that skill is learning to be humble in the face of iron. Betsy reminded us that learning the foundations and principles of these movements will help us achieve our goals safely and efficiently.

“Thank You” to StrongFirst, Betsy, and the class attendees who have enriched my experience.
Amy Wolff