It was a pleasure to see Coach Rudnev work with some of my
myself before going to UA (Underground Athlete) for a
training day. He really is the "Yoda", Charles Xavier of Kettlebell and physical culture.
His approach was very succinct and applicable to get
points across in record
Forever The Student:
In this blog I want to make a point about consistency in
doing anything or
any activity for fun or otherwise despite what I like to call ADHD marketing has us
believe. In the
"fitness" world, most people want progress without
buzz word is "variety" and while balancing training is
important, training without a goal is "hard
work" when it doesn't have to
be. Losing weight , and looking good are poor choices for goals unless you make it quantifiable and measurable. Progress,
quantifiable is enjoyable whether one competes or not in anything. Its why kettlebell sport can be done for fitness, it means work for less time or lighter weight or don't but you will gain fitness benefits that complement your current regimen.
As a swimmer dropping time is exciting on a side note and quantifiable.
Sometimes with regard to the masses, there is a high turnover rate in the fit biz. 'Here is the
magic answer". "I don't want consistency, I want variety" (subconcious)
Learning "boring" consistency when you can have variety
The underlying principle is
consistency of activity generally (x per week) and
the activity itself).
Someone said. "You have to
sweat" and people don't
want to because its effort based and not
in a general activity of exercise (how many x per
week/month etc) and also the actual activity(biking twice
per week etc).
People actually believe and argue for skill-less-ness and
capitalized on it.
The trainer is there to tell me etc. I don't need to "think", just do. Yes in the right context but typically that takes time. Thus the person is being provided for rather than learning to fish. Empowerment occurs with the latter though I'm not discrediting learning from a trainer/coach. I'm discrediting not paying attention in doing so.
Developing skill happens whether we want to recognize it or not. Broad but stay with me.
ANYONE who pays attention will learn what it is they are
doing and be able
to repeat it or take the knowledge for their own if they
decide to pay
Coach Rudnev's visit
That was my second one on one with my coach exclusive to my knowledge. Not that many. I paid attention!
So one must take advantage and not for granted the lessons being taught listening to every single word and nuance as much as possible. It saves time and frustration.
With kettlebells, I can almost identify based on the weight where one can see a distinction in
mindset as one progresses. Natural ability as well as lifestyle play a role and vary. People who start out at 40 have a different ability than someone at 15. Take into account someone who had been an athlete before and one who had not.
Fun to Serious
People who continue to progress to high levels, generally
are silent doers but some are not. It phases in and out.
Those who are predisposed to a harder sport (heavier
kettlebell weight) who announce goal prematurely,
usually shy away from the responsibility have legit
excuses because of the subconscious.
Those who have legit excuses not to train will never make it, because a
is still an excuse. It is not a bad thing. Life happens. Its not divided into good and bad.
Its about priority.
It boils down to becoming honest with yourself.
This is not meant
as belittlement, but meant as a an indicator that people
may have life
events or this that and the other and are not willing to
of their life to get to the next level. The hard truth is sacrifice is what it takes;
sacrifice to stick to the plan.
Sticking to the plan:
Programming is relatively simple if the information
between coach and
student is transparent.
Quite frankly, I'm not sure having multiple
"Masters" is a bad thing but its up to the
student to be forthcoming and
honest with assessing if "this makes sense"
when trying to mix and match? It depends on what its for and why. Most athletes have more than one.
Does the student relay all that they do or do not do, how they feel consistently ? Or is it I"can or can not" ?
go with the former, be brave and provide feedback to your coach/trainer if you are having too much to do or too little and why. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of a coach.
Undertraining and overtraining are common challenges and
are never fully
understood. It comes down to the individual and monitoring them specifically to make a determination.
That is the point of competitive sports be it strength sports, speed
sports and endurance sports. The trick is to take what is working and
improve upon it. The first step is to identify what is working.
At some point or another it is exhilarating to jump in
water that makes you feel alive in a way that shocks you. After
about 10-15 minutes, its fun and the inkling to get out cometh. After 30 minutes, one loses feeling in the
toes and fingers. After that its move
In the situation of 90 minutes in the water 5 days a
week, misery begets the individual. I'm
talking about the childhood of swimmers.
It was tough and /or miserable but at the same time, it
was fun. It was fun to compete, in this
case swimming meets. It was fun to
belong to community, in this case a swim team.
It was fun to celebrate after with regard to the success of everyone. It built character .
Unfortunate circumstances brought a bunch of us swimmers
together recently with the death of a friend who shared our experiences. The silver lining was seeing everyone and reminiscing
about the individual as well as our own experiences we shared. To a
point, the more miserable the experience shared, the stronger the bond it would
There were 20-30
kids with 3 shower heads after our daily hypothermia of a 90 minute 65 degree
pool swim. It was like a nature show
where the Gorillas(bigger kids) were in the shower heads while the smaller
primates(I was one) caught the mist off the shower until the manager came to
kick us out 45 minutes later.
Eating 2-3 deep fried philly soft pretzels from the swim
club snack bar with two tablespoons of sugar (each) did not affect our "8
pack ribs" status.
No exaggeration as it was between 60-70 degrees for a sub
80 lb swimmer to swim for 90 minutes in the morning (7:30-9) and before the sun
hit the water. It was not a heated
pool. And swim season started in early
June NJ. The sun came up around 8
am. Us kids were innovative to the nth
degree of ways to procrastinate.
Mental toughness is variable depending on the background. Its like an apple and an orange. Mental toughness at what? Everyone has their weakness and
strength. But I digress.
Mental toughness is laughing in the face of misery or
crying in the face of misery while pressing on;) And by laughing I don't say because its
mocking, or treating it as trite and trivial but because its so horrible that
its either laugh or cry. And kids did
cry. Every time someone would take a
breath while swimming, their bawling face would be seen by all. It became comical and that comes back to the
Peaceful Warrior quote. "Keep a
sense of humor, especially about yourself, it is a strength beyond all
measure." I remember laughing at myself
very hard at the situation of misery I would be in here and there. It was a healthy way to gain mental
One of the swimmers I saw recently became a Navy
Seal. He made a comment that the cold
water was nothing compared to practice :D
Maybe he exaggerated a bit but I would guess that it was God awful. I forgot to mention that we had practice in
the afternoon as well. (1 hour). It
became12.5 hours of swimming per week.
Anyone that was on the team would call me a wimp for posting this but
actually its admiration of them and how as a team, people had a good time
despite the misery. Misery loves company
(seems self inflicted), but its good to have company while in misery (no
choice). People tell me "you don't have to swim". I was an 8 year old kid. :D
choices were limited but I'm glad I did it. Somedays its ok to "give up" or
"quit" or "fail" that day.
Save your strength and come back stronger another day. If you must quit, its not the end of the
world. But keep quitting temporary and
stay the course for the long haul.
As kettlebell lifters, most would follow the thought
process to train with others making it easier if not manageable, especially for
those days when one does not feel like it or is off. Agreed, as the sport grows I hope that I
train with more and more folks as it always seems to mutually inspire.
We will meet at 6pm Lake Anna 8000 square feet, 9 bedrooms. The limitation will be my ability to coach and not space. Its a large place.
Another Training Camp. Its closer, more room to train, and more recreation.
We will do warm up, GPP (contextual), SPP, Kettlebell Lifting and active recovery. Like last time there will ample opportunity to ask questions and gain insight in how to increase athletics, KB or otherwise.
Facility is 8000 square feet. Food will be provided for breakfast and lunch.
This is a no kidding "walk away better" specific instruction to you training camp.
at 6 pm. Directions will be provided the night before to registrants
More and more people are liking(or hating;) ) that Team Kettlebell Lifter is getting stronger. And while this coaching thing is new, I feel everyone is learning coaching as well as lifting including myself. Having a consistent base of several lifters at once is helping me realize different aspects of technique that I do and don't explain.
Coach Rudnev having coached countless lifters understands this as I'm starting to.
Thanks to my students and coach (IKSFA President) for teaching/learning. Good lifting this year:)
Sheesh, just kick me in the teeth! :P
"All of these are symptoms of the same disease: a manic reinterpretation of “democracy” in which everyone must have their say, and no one must be “disrespected.” (The verb to disrespect is one of the most obnoxious and insidious innovations in our language in years, because it really means “to fail to pay me the impossibly high requirement of respect I demand.”) This yearning for respect and equality, even—perhaps especially—if unearned, is so intense that it brooks no disagreement. It represents the full flowering of a therapeutic culture where self-esteem, not achievement, is the ultimate human value, and it’s making us all dumber by the day.
Thus, at least some of the people who reject expertise are not really, as they often claim, showing their independence of thought. They are instead rejecting anything that might stir a gnawing insecurity that their own opinion might not be worth all that much.
Experts: the servants, not masters, of a democracy
So what can we do? Not much, sadly, since this is a cultural and generational issue that will take a long time come right, if it ever does. Personally, I don’t think technocrats and intellectuals should rule the world: we had quite enough of that in the late 20th century, thank you, and it should be clear now that intellectualism makes for lousy policy without some sort of political common sense. Indeed, in an ideal world, experts are the servants, not the masters, of a democracy.
But when citizens forgo their basic obligation to learn enough to actually govern themselves, and instead remain stubbornly imprisoned by their fragile egos and caged by their own sense of entitlement, experts will end up running things by default. That’s a terrible outcome for everyone.
Expertise is necessary, and it’s not going away. Unless we return it to a healthy role in public policy, we’re going to have stupider and less productive arguments every day. So here, presented without modesty or political sensitivity, are some things to think about when engaging with experts in their area of specialization.
We can all stipulate: the expert isn’t always right.
But an expert is far more likely to be right than you are. On a question of factual interpretation or evaluation, it shouldn’t engender insecurity or anxiety to think that an expert’s view is likely to be better-informed than yours. (Because, likely, it is.)
Experts come in many flavors. Education enables it, but practitioners in a field acquire expertise through experience; usually the combination of the two is the mark of a true expert in a field. But if you have neither education nor experience, you might want to consider exactly what it is you’re bringing to the argument.
In any discussion, you have a positive obligation to learn at least enough to make the conversation possible. The University of Google doesn’t count. Remember: having a strong opinion about something isn’t the same as knowing something.
And yes, your political opinions have value. Of course they do: you’re a member of a democracy and what you want is as important as what any other voter wants. As a layman, however, your political analysis, has far less value, and probably isn’t — indeed, almost certainly isn’t — as good as you think it is.
And how do I know all this? Just who do I think I am?
Well, of course: I’m an expert.