Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Agatsu Level 1 Certification

Over the February break (last week) I had the pleasure to travel to Montreal to attend a five day intensive training seminar through Agatsu Academy.


We started with a handout of their Course Work Book.  And I have to admit - sitting here writing up this post is the first time I have flipped through the information. It's great though! It begins with emphasizing the importance of mobility and then extensive technique of all of the important basics - swing, clean, snatch, TGU, windmill. And other important ones - like the jerk! Apparently the e-version of the workbook has videos included - so if you are a beginner and not sure of a few things - you don't have to rely on just the words to guide you.  I recommend it.

Course work book.
The days were long - starting at 9:30am and ending at 6:00pm or 4:00pm.  The certification at the end was the test for Level 1 KB Instructor but throughout the week we learned more than just things about the kettlebell.  We were taught handstand progressions (amazing!), joint mobility, adaptive body work, lots of great warm up drills (like the lizard walk - I will try to find a video), stick work (see video at the end of this post below), some ring work and more! 

At the end we did our testing for KB 1 and we all got certified. :)


I don't have any plans on teaching or finding clients.  I did sign up for a personal training cert - but unfortunately it got cancelled (through a gym out here).  I mainly did it for my own education and as a learning experience.  I do recommend Agatsu if you want to learn more about kettlebells - there was one person who was there that had very little knowledge, and now she has lots!  I came in with a few years of kettlebell work, and a few good years too.  I didn't have many problems (with kettlebells at least) to iron out - so it may be a problem for a few people that have bad habits.  So the sooner you get it - the better! 

I do have plans to start training for the Level 2 certification.  The requirements are much more stringent - like ring push ups and pull ups.  I will have to work on them and program them in.  I plan on doing this certification when my Level 1 expires - in 2016.

Here is a list of the top ten things I am taking away from my week in Montreal!

My Top Ten: 

1. The very first day I wrote in my note book: 'have a yoga practice.'

2. If you don't program something in to your program - it won't happen.  Dec 2012 I made a HUGE list of goals I wanted to complete for 2013. Barely any of them happened. Why?  Because I thought they were magically going to happen.  What a joke! A handstand won't happen if I don't practice them.  I won't suddenly get strong enough or comfortable upside down if I don't actually get upside down!  I won't be able to do multiple pull ups if I don't physically practice pull ups or program them in to my training. 

3. Eating a whole baguette (even if it is free!) will make my stomach hurt tremendously.

4. $12 oatmeal at an expensive airport restaurant is really messed up.  I'm pretty sure I could have bought enough oatmeal to last six months with $12.

5. I want to put an effort in learning the French language.  Montreal is bilingual, yes.  But visiting there made me realize how much I am missing by not knowing it.

6. It doesn't make sense to only train the things I am good at.  

7. From my journal: "If I looked different, and couldn't do pull-ups, would I be satisfied?  Probably not.  I'd rather be able to do pull-ups at any [body] weight and at any body physique."

8. There is a regression for anything.

9. I am an introvert and this week was draining.  But it was important for me to stretch myself in more than one way and that included a new city and new people.

10. Movement is everything.  I want to be able to move everyday and in all forms.  Sitting is for chumps.  Being static and stagnant - that's for the barely alive.  The body I have is the only one I have - I might as well see what it is capable of.

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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Yoga and bible verses

I go to a yoga class through the gym at my university.  It is geared towards beginners and is a yoga practice that is focused on relaxation and restoration.  It isn't a class that I want to always be in (I want to eventually do cool stuff like inversions and hand balancing) but it nice after a week of school work and a time where I can just breathe and relax and look out the window through this really cool stained glass!


Here is a selfie of me that makes my nose look very... round.  Does it look like this normally?


Before going to work one day I stopped in at Bulk Barn (and I didn't buy any candy!) but I got two Go Macro bars.  They are nice - I enjoyed them.  If you don't like rice syrup based bars I wouldn't buy them.
They were very large, chewy, and tasted ok for something that comes in a package bought from a barn. 


I love finding quotes or verses that I enjoy and finding a way to make them into an instagram image or even just a picture to share.  Here are a few of them.  Share them (copy and paste or save them on your computer) and use them whatever way you'd like.



Do you have a favorite quote or bible verse?  I'd love to use it to make a word photo of it for you!











Sunday, February 2, 2014

The Well 2014 - Lead me to drink.

I went on another retreat the other weekend.  I guess I didn't learn with my first one?

This one was for young adults specifically, so I wasn't helping with any leadership.

Generally - it was an enjoyable experience.  We learned about the importance of being a good leader or being a good follower of someone who is a good leader.  I don't think the latter is a cop out - "I'm just a follower."  In a way, it is much harder to be able to discern who is a good leader in your community, who is worth following, who is worth buying in with and buying in to their ideas.  Figuring out who you will lead you, your church and the mission is very difficult.

Everyone is a leader though.  We all have our circle of influence.  What we manage, who we affect, what we can change.

A few verses that stuck out to me this weekend were:

James 1:5-8
If you don't know what you're doing pray to the Father.  He loves to help.  You'll get his help, and won't be condescended to when you ask for it.  Ask boldly, believingly, without a second thought.  

and:

Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong. Take courage.  Don't be intimidated.  Don't give them a second thought because God, your God, is striding ahead of you.  He's right there with you.  He won't let you down; he won't leave you.
And the following list of words were shared:


Twenty-one words of a leader

1. character - adversity reveals it
2. charisma - add value to other lives
3. commitment - what am I living to die for? (being "all out")
4. communication - complicated things made simple
5. competence - able to go the extra mile
6. courage - stand when needed
7. discernment - relies on intuition and rational thought
8. focus - chase two rabbits and they both will escape
9. generosity - put people first
10. initiative - take more risks
11. listening - connecting & learning
12. passion - desire determines destiny
13. positive attitude - it's a choice
14. problem solving - handle one thing at a time
15. relationships - handle people well
16. responsibility - get the job done no matter what
17. security - insecure leaders take more than they give
18. self discipline - the first person you lead is yourself
19. servanthood - love people more than your position
20. teachability - study more than you talk (listen 10x more than you talk)
21. vision - attractive, magnetic, uniting.  

We were asked to think about the attributes we for sure we know that we have, and the ones that we are lacking.  And even if you are not a Christian or religious in any way - it is interesting to see these words and to compare them to the people you are allowing to lead you, to whatever degree, and to think about whether you honestly have these qualities.  (And honesty and humility are not on this list - and I would add them!).  

Security - insecure leaders take more than they give stands out to me personally in my life at the moment.  

Do you have all of these attributes or working towards one in particular?  Do they people surround you have complementary attributes?  Does your spouse or partner have the attributes you are missing?