It dawned on me on my weekend getaway that I am not quite up to par with the RKC certification prep work. I say that only because I had made an error in my mindset over the past month while training away with my kettlebells. Most people who are on schedule for their RKC certification tend to make this mistake, and allow me to bare the honest truth and admit that I, Janelle Pica, made the very same mistake most people make when trianing for the RKC.
I was reviewing the RKC Book of strength and Conditioning at my friends house I noticed the fine work and best advice ever of Brett Jones, Master RKC. IN the book, Master RKC Brett Jones discuses the most common errors made when training for the RKC. There are two. Error number one: Trying to train too hard to pass the snatch test. Error number two. Not preparing for the three 8+ hour days of work.
Allow me to raise my hand and announce that I made this mistake, but the good news is that I caught this mistake early enough o fix it.
After networking with some very knowledgeable RKC’s and emailing my trainer incessantly about my RKC prep (Kerry, you deserve a medal for dealing with me. Honest to God!), I have decided to check what I thought was a good prep routine for the RKC cert at the door. I have two weeks left in the second phase of Kettlebell Burn and will be leaving phase two for more demanding workloads to prep for the immense amount of work int eh RKC. Instead of focusing on leaning out for the certification, I will be training a bit more strategically and a bit more intensely to get ready for April, 2013. I am fortunate enough to have met some amazing trainers over the past few weeks who have given me a great RKC outline for the certification. As for “leaning out”…well, looks like that will happen by default. These workouts are murderous.
My point here is this. If you are on schedule for an RKC certification, do NOT let the snatch test be the only thing in mind when you are training. We are all going to be up against long hours of heavy workloads that will be testing not just our physical toughness but our mental toughness as well. Don’t be fooled. The RKC is a serious kettlebell certification and as such, we all need to be mindful of the immense amount of prep work needed. One test of the cert is not THE TEST of the cert, and that’s real talk ya heard.
In the next few weeks I will be posting my RKC prep routines publicly. While I realize many people keep these hidden form the general public, I am willing to release them as I know I am not the only other RKC candidate out there. If you are up for some serious training and are already a strong as it is, I am sure that what I have compiled after late nights of note taking will help you train and pass your certification. Int eh mean time, remember toe at smart, train hard, and enjoy your life!