What was something you were a beginner at this year? Were you kinder with yourself because you were a beginner? If you let yourself be a beginner, what would you learn to do in the next year?
#reverb11 is a daily reflective prompt that runs every day through the month of December. It is an opportunity to reflect on the year that has been and manifest what the new year may hold. It was started by Gwen Bell in 2009 and has been passed on to individuals to host in 2011.
Prompt courtesy of Don’t Be a Picklebump
For me it was the kettlebell.
Back in January, I read Tim Ferriss’ book “The 4-Hour Body”. I got to the chapter where he profiled a woman by the name of Tracy Reifkind who lost more than 100 pounds through healthy eating and the kettlebell. I was intrigued and heavily inspired. I had never really heard much about kettlebells before. But the way it was described and the overall benefits one gains from using them grabbed me hook, line and sinker.
So that weekend, while we were up north and of course me being the novice on kettlebells, we went to ShopKo where I purchased a cheap set of them (I cringe as I admit it was the Jillian Michaels set, forgive me). But I didn’t want to fork over a bunch of cash on something I might try and not like. I wanted to check it out first and then decide if I wanted to invest in the real deal.
I amassed as much information as I could about the kettlebell. Of all the stuff I read and watched online, the ones that stood out to me as being the best in terms of quality and correct form were all Russian Kettlebell(RKC). The Jillian Michaels crap was hilarious. Even as a beginner, I could tell by just watching her videos that something was just not right.
Instead, I turned to videos and advice from such people as Pavel Tsatsouline, David Whitley (The Iron Tamer), Tracy Reifkind and Girya Girl – all Russian Kettlebell Certified instructors and all very helpful.
On January 17th, I started practicing with the kettlebell and fell in love.
I used my Jillian Michaels kettlebells until I got the basics down in terms of form and then I ordered my first official Dragon Door kettlebell which was their 8kg (18lb) kettlebell. It was a bit light for me so it wasn’t long until I ordered the 12kg(26lb) ones.
So many things changed for me. My posture, my strength, my endurance, my energy (to name just a few things) all improved. Weight-wise, I haven’t changed that much and that is my fault. I have lost a lot of inches though and I’m more happy about that than pounds.
Workouts or kettlebell practice is short and sweet. Time ranges from 10 minutes to 20 or 30. It gets your heart rate up quickly and works your entire body like no other workout I have ever done. Plus, it is fun and you don’t need a lot of space to do it. Right now I use a 12kg (26lb) and 16kg(35lb) and plan on getting the new 18kg(40lb) kettlebell next. (Christmas wish list!) In 2012 I hope to work up to the 20kg(44lb) and up.
It’s almost been a year and I’ve slipped and slid away from the kettlebell a little bit in the last couple months. I haven’t been as consistent as I should be. I let personal stress and depression turn my head and get in the way of my workouts. I am to blame for that but I haven’t given up on the kettlebell. I will get back to it. I will work towards my goal of certification. I am determined to do that. I will. 🙂
As for next year, I plan to be a beginner podcaster. That is my main goal (among many others) and I’m looking forward to it!