Ladies and gentlemen, art, strength, fashion and fitness have hit the blog today. Yinz ain’t seen nothing yet! 😉
Welcome to a great Monday blog post with yours truly, The Primal Burgher. I have been doing a lot of training in and around this Great city of Pittsburgh lately that has kept me super busy. Not only that, but I have had a ton of inquiries about certain lifts from a good number of clients, friends, and friends who ended up being clients :). Over the weekend, I had a wonderful opportunity to visit a dear friend of mine who had been following my blog since day one. Not only that, but this woman took a serious liking to functional fitness and requested my help to get her in shape for her upcoming pin-up modeling photo shoots.
Please give a warm welcome to friend and fellow paleo enthusiast Kat Wolfgang of
katwolfgang.com. Kat and I have been friends for a while now and recently started connecting more after my RKC. Awestruck by my own primal journey to health, Kat took it upon herself to transition into a more primal friendly lifestyle. Not only has she felt better eating a more clean diet, but she has also noticed some serious strength gains as well. A newbie to the world of kettlebell fitness, Kat contacted me in order to learn some basic drills to enhance her overall conditioning. In her own words “Strength is a beautiful thing, and I needed more instruction to maximize my own strength from a knowledgeable professional. My particular fashion niche is geared towards healthier body images, and kettlebells are a part of my own maintenance of a strong and healthy body image. ” I couldn’t have said it better myself!
After reviewing some basic kettlebll swings, we worked on one of my favorite kettlebell moves, the clean and press. Helping a beginner in this lift can be a little challenging as the clean and press is a more technical lift. As a quick review, when you go to clean the kettlebell, you want to make sure you stand straight up into a vertical plank position. You may not need to hike the kettlebell as far behind you as you would a one arm swing. Really, you want just enough leverage to gently elevate the kettlebell into the rack position. Form there, it’s just a matter of driving your feet into the ground, tensing your abs, and lifting your arm. Remember, the clean and press should engage not just your upper body, but your core and legs as well. Here’s a quick review and Kat’s wonderful demonstration of the lift itself!
Didn’t she do just fine? ROCK ON KAT!
Now, in the video above I mentioned that Kat and I had been working on some pretty wild photos (wild only because I don’t normally get all “dolled up”). Since Kat is getting back to her passion for fashion, she went out of her way to transform me into her very own pin-up style creation. So…just what does a pin-up style RKC look like?
They look a little something like this!
That’s all I have for you today everyone! Remember to eat smart, train hard, and enjoy your life!
Janelle Pica, RKC
This blog post is dedicated to Kat Wolfgang. I have learned so much about life from you. May you continue to live one day at a time. May you continue to enjoy one moment at a time. Thanks for your incredible inspiration and your undying friendship! I wish you all the success in the world!