Tuesday, May 11, 2010

17 months and counting...

As my beginner class is getting through their second week with kettlebells I'm reminded of what I went through learning the different exercises. Over the past 17 months I've come a long way from the 232lb girl that got winded doing a set of 20 double handed swings with a 25lb kettlebell. Even though I haven't reached my own fitness goals quite yet, I am still working towards them. It's not an overnight process. I try to remind everyone of that, especially those that didn't know me back then. Remember that when I demonstrate an exercise, I've done it literally thousands of times before, so don't be discouraged if you don't get it right away - I certainly didn't.

The beginner class has to be one of the most difficult classes to attend because there is so much learning involved. Remembering what each exercise is called when you learn at least 2 new ones a class can be tough. There is a lot of technique involved in using kettlebells and it is important to pay attention to your form so you're using the correct muscles to perform the action and you don't hurt yourself doing it. Once you have the fundamental skills, you will learn the more advanced stuff more easily and you will never run out of new things to learn - 17 months later and I'm still learning!

This type of exercise is likely not comparable to anything you've done before. You may be a runner, a weight lifter, a swimmer, or maybe you don't exercise at all; this workout will kick your butt either way. It is intense, it's cardio and strength training rolled into one and as long as you're putting everything you have into it, you're going to be rewarded by the results.

So, for those of you that didn't know me 17 months ago, here are a couple of pics so you can see what using kettlebells and pushing my limits have done for me. Since I'm not done yet I won't call this a before & after pic...how about a before & "for now" :)


  1. You are a total inspiration Julie! Even when I make faces and complain during a workout :)

  2. You look fantastic Julie!!! Congratulations on your weight loss and your passion as a trainer. :) It was a pleasure taking the Nutrition & Wellness course together in Dartmouth. I wish you all the best with your Personal Trainer Certification as well. I know you will rock it! :)