March 2019 Club Fit Briarcliff Trainer of the Month Ron Spooner
Ron will be giving a free-to-member presentation in our Conference Room on Monday, March 11th at 11:00 am and Monday, March 25th at 10:30 am
Subject: Proper Kettlebell Techniques for Strength and Conditioning
Hi, I’m Ron Spooner, and I’m entering my fourth year as an AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified personal trainer, and the sixth year of my own personal fitness journey. Because that journey began in a place completely lacking in physical fitness, or even overall health really, I feel I have a somewhat unique perspective from most of the industry. Going from an overweight, untoned, fast food junkie who smoked a pack of cigarettes a day and drank a twelve pack a night, to someone who has taken part in the training of children as young as eleven trying to add activity to their lives, middle aged individuals trying to lose weight and get strong, high school and college athletes (some Division I) looking to get faster and more explosive, and senior citizens recovering from heart surgery (all while getting into pretty decent shape myself), I can tell you: being physically fit is definitively worth the work it takes to be so. I can also tell you that I know how hard it is, how much work it takes. I can tell you there will be set acks and hurdles you never even imagined having to get over. I can sympathize with the emotions that go along with this journey. I know what if feels like to not see what you want on that scale, to not see the body you want in the mirror. I’m also here to tell you that hard work always wins out, and results are for everybody.
Through properly managed expectations, logical progression, and a focus on functional movement patterns all goals are achievable. Functionality has become a buzzword in the fitness industry, but with good reason. Focusing on training your body to be a master of its own natural movement patterns unlocks all sorts of potential. Understanding proper alignment and technique in those patterns make you more efficient and balanced. The strength that comes with that balance and efficiency translates to confidence and ability in all aspects of everyday life. Whether you’re looking be able to carry your groceries in the house without throwing out your back or absorb contact on your way to the hoop without it throwing off your shot, it all comes down to mastery of the functional movement patterns.
Hinge, squat, push, pull — that’s it. And do it properly. Know how to do these things properly and make yourself unbreakable. Do this correctly and shed pounds, find your center of gravity, gain muscle tone, build endurance and give yourself power. Do it logically and with reasonable progression and it allows your nervous system to train at an appropriate rate, giving you a more powerful mind body connection. Do it with the right teacher and it takes the pressure off having to learn these principles while balancing your already demanding life. Who knows, maybe you’ll even have a little fun.
However you choose to do it, do it smart and do it now. Don’t wait because life is, for sure, not waiting for you. There is no finish line, but the journey is worth the effort.