By the way everyone, RKC Vienna is in Vienna VIRGINIA, and NOT Vienna AUSTRIA!
Ok, glad we got that all cleared up!
I have a few things to discuss today regarding my future RKC certification in April. The first portion of today’s blog post will be about my own hard lessons learned as a brand new trainer. After witnessing the intense training loads from RKC Philly in September, I spent a few months training myself to death with a whole bunch of workouts designed to increase my endurance, conditioning, and strength (in short, I got freaked out by the volume of training at the RKC and decided it was a good idea to train REALLY HARD all the time to get ready for RKC Vienna). The good news was that into week three, I had gained a nice lean pound of body mass and my overall strength and conditioning was nothing shy of amazing. I only noticed a problem when I was trying to push myself to maintain these demanding, hour long or so workouts on top of a hectic work schedule, blogging on this here blog, studying for NASM and…well…you get the picture. By week four, I was a mess. After burning out after month one, I had to scale all my workouts back to the basics.
So, I had a training foul that took me a month to recuperate from. Oops.
Looking ahead at the RKC, I realized I had done my body a disservice as over training on my part resulted in some not so fun physical changes that I am still working on fixing. I am five months away from the certification and realize that I, the HKC Janelle Pica, still have some lessons to learn when it comes to designing my own workouts. A word of advice to yinz reading this all, don’t do HIIT style training every day. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you it’ll crush you rather than build you up. With any fitness certification, you have to train SMART to reap that last bit of success you may be looking for, especially when you’re troubleshooting your own workouts. Forgive my tag line, but it isn’t always about training hard. Again, lesson learned.
With all that in mind, I spent some time searching around for the answers to my problems that were written down by the RKC Master level trainers (because sometimes, even “the expert” me make mistakes, and instead of throwing my arms up in the air, I have decided to consult the expertise of even greater experts to find the solutions to this little puzzle of mine). I am pretty good at researching and correcting problems when I catch them early enough (read my About Me page in case you don’t believe me). After thumbing through some old training manuals, consulting some people on the Dragon Door forums, and emailing the living crap out of my trainer, I was referred to arguably the best resource out there to whip my Burgher Butt right back into the shape I need to be in for RKC Vienna.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Master RKC and kettlebell GENIUS Geoff Neupert!
I had been eying up Geoff’s program called “Kettlebell Burn 2.0” for the past month or so as my trainer kept referring me to train in the manner Geoff trains for my RKC cert. After too many weight fluctuations, terrible fatigue and general feelings of “I feel like absolute *explicit deleted*”, I decided to cut to the chase and..well. LISTEN to what my trainer was trying to tell me all along. I purchased the “Kettlebell Burn 2.0″ program and spent my day off work testing out the first workout of phase one of Geoff’s program. Now, I have just begun this training style so I can’t give you a full on testimonial yet, BUT…what I can say is this!
If you are on the RKC track and are looking for a comprehensive training guide with strategic nutritional guidelines for optimal leanness, then my friends, you’ve found exactly what you are looking for. The search stops here! PERIOD!
I will be documenting my progress over the next three months of the program. Geoff Neupert’s program is a 16 week program designed as a fat busting, strength building, and endurance conditioning program. What’s even better is that this program focuses on all the major movements you will be tested on at the RKC Certification (the swing, the Turkish get up, the clean/clean and press, and the snatch). I am not exactly sure why I waited so long to pick up a copy of this manual, but cest la vie! Be on the look out for some smarter training in the next few months. I am incredibly excited to get started, and if you are up for the challenge yourself, dare to train smarter with Geoff Neupert!
That’s all I have for yinz today. Wish me luck, and I’ll be rooting for you as well. Remember to eat smart, train hard (AND TRAIN SMART) and enjoy your life!