Monday, December 11, 2017

Meet our Members Monday: Sharon McAdory

Originally interested in finding a traditional weight training routine, Sharon McAdory stepped through the doors of Seattle Kettlebell Club in mid-July when she kept seeing the club’s sign on visits to her parents, who live in the area. 
 
Before joining the club, McAdory had done Pilates for two years and enjoyed weekly 3-4-mile walks, but feeling like she was in a fitness rut, she was yearning for a practice that would help her gain muscle, burn calories, and lose weight. 

“I needed more weight training,” McAdory said. “I didn’t feel like I was getting stronger.”



Working as a pharmacist, not only does McAdory find herself on her feet all day, but she also works long hours and her schedule varies, so she appreciates that SKC offers classes at a wide range of times. She likes the convenience of being able to work out before or after work, and since the classes are 45 minutes, she likes being able to get in a very effective workout in under an hour. 

“Trying to coordinate life with family, friends, and workouts takes a lot of time,” McAdory said.

When she does have free time, McAdory enjoys going to movies, doing community work for her church, and sightseeing in the area.


When McAdory first started coming to SKC, she was attending classes 3 times a week, but after she participated in the club’s 21 Day Challenge back in October, she now tries her best to make it a priority to train 4 times a week. 

“When you start seeing results, it makes you wanna do more,” McAdory said.

Even though the classes are in a group setting, McAdory feels that since classes are so small and the kettlecoaches prioritize safety, members always receive positive yet constructive criticism. She also praises the nice amenities, cleanliness of the club, and the fact that all the members and kettlecoaches build relationships and encourage each other. 

“Everyone is happy to be here,” McAdory said, “and I think that goes a long way.”

McAdory is currently alternating between the GAP and Sport classes. She enjoys the GAP classes because of the variety of exercises and the fact that cardio is included, but she also likes the competitive challenge that the Sport classes bring.


“Come in, and give it a try. Stay at it, and you can go up in weight,” McAdory said. “The most important thing is that [the coaches] are concerned about your safety.” 

For more stories like McAdory’s, keep viewing our blog, and for information on class packages and rates, visit seattlekettlebellclub.com/join


 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Transformation Tuesday: Carey Evenson



Born in Alaska, Carey Evenson grew up hiking and skiing. She’s been in Seattle for 20 years now, and before becoming pregnant with her son, Evenson took Boot Camp classes for four years.  After her son was born, it took her two years to get back into the fitness game. 
 
“I didn’t feel strong, and I wanted to feel strong,” Evenson said. 

Evenson discovered Seattle Kettlebell Club when she kept seeing its ads on Facebook, so she decided to give the Core-6 intro workshop a try, and before she knew it, she was hooked. 




Although she had been a recreational runner, before joining SKC Evenson had never been into strength training, so she enjoys that SKC’s classes offer strength and cardio elements. 

“Its been an amazing addition to my life, and I feel really lucky to be a part of this community,” Evenson said. 

Living in Columbia City with her husband and son, Evenson is head of the creative team at a marketing and PR firm.  

“We focus on clients and campaigns that make the world a better place,” Evenson said. 

Evenson is a fan of all things outdoors. Along with being an advocate for tackling environmental issues, she enjoys gardening and growing her own food as well as taking advantage of all the hiking and camping that the PNW has to offer. She also enjoys camping at her family's property in the San Juan Islands and traveling in general. Her favorite vacation has been when she and her husband spent two weeks in Croatia, and she looks forward to taking her 3-year-old son on his first international vacation.

When Evenson first started training at SKC she could barely snatch a 4-kg kettlebell, but she’s been with the club for over a year now, currently snatches 12 kg and will be competing in the 2017 Seattle
Kettlebell Pro-Am Competition on Dec. 9th.  She says that training to compete is beneficial because it helps her set goals.  


“As I think back, if you would have told me that I would be competing in kettlebell lifting, I would have laughed in your face,” Evenson said. 


The community, support, and constant challenges are some of the many factors that keep Evenson coming back to SKC, and she notes that the club’s wide time range of classes (starting at 5:15am) make it possible for people with a variety of schedules to attend. 

If she were to offer advice to those new to kettlebell sport and fitness in general, Evenson notes that just attending class is a huge part of seeing results. 

“I just kept showing up. I didn’t do anything special,” Evenson said. “Keep showing up.  It will stay hard, but it will also keep getting easier.”

Monday, December 4, 2017

Meet our Members Monday: Hallie Truswell




Although Hallie Truswell has been a member of Seattle Kettlebell Club since January, she was no stranger to the fitness world before she started kettlebell training. Along with 25 years of experience as a coach, swimmer and triathlete, Truswell has competed in 6 Ironman triathlons (2.4 mi swim, 112 mi bike, 26.2 run). 

Although she is now a regular member of SKC, and plans on competing in the club’s 2017 Seattle Kettlebell Pro-Am Competition on December 9, Truswell is still dedicated to Triathlon. She owns the business Zūm Racing, which focuses on individualized training for triathletes and runners for competition.


Truswell was recommended SKC by Allison Moore, one of her former training partners and currently one of the trainers at SKC. With her busy work schedule, Truswell was looking for something new, challenging, and fun that she could perform in shorter periods of time.  

“An hour at SKC leaves me challenged, sweaty and gets my yeah yeahs out; and I’m beginning to see some muscles I didn’t know I had,” Trusewell said. 

Truswell lives in Columbia City with her husband and 3-year-old Portuguese Waterdog. She enjoys seeing friends, traveling, and hiking. 

“[Washington] is a beautiful state once you get outside the city,” Truswell said. 

Agreeing that newcomers often have misconceptions about kettlebell training, and a lot of these misconceptions come from the fact that many people either do not even know how the sport works or how beneficial this type of training is. “Even my husband doesn’t know how I get a full body workout with kettlebells,” Truswell said. (Note: she’s working on getting him into the gym so he can check it out himself.)

Truswell urges people new to the sport to ask questions, not be intimidated, and not to get discouraged. “So much of it is technique; be patient because it will come.” 

Not only do the health benefits and gains in strength keep Truswell motivated, but setting goals to compete also helps her see progress and results. 

“Every time I come in, I’m getting a little stronger,” Truswell said. “Ultimately, while I always want to do well, I’m competing against myself.” 

Some of the major factors that keep Truswell coming to SKC are the scene, atmosphere, and sweet Nespresso machine (free!), not to mention the awesome coaches and hot towels at the end of each workout. 

“Everybody is supportive yet competitive,” Truswell said. “It’s laid back yet focused.” “It’s dialed in, challenging and above all else, fun!”

To learn a little more about Truswell and her business, Zūm Racing visit zumracing.com.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Camille’s Kettlebell Journey: 3 Class Week



My alarm goes off at 4:45 am, and I know I need to get up soon to make the 6:10 am GAP class, which I already told my boss I would be attending. I never really need to inform him when I’m coming to a class, but here’s a tip: telling someone that you plan on working out at least gives you some accountability if you do not show up. However, my bed is warm, and it is still dark out, and I was currently running on less than six hours of sleep. 



I set my alarm for 5:30 giving myself another 45 minutes of sleep. My first decision is to just take the noon class instead because no matter what I am going to reach my goal of three classes this week. As I lay in bed dozing in and out of sleep, I keep asking myself “Do I really want to workout after my shift on a Friday when I could just get it out of the way before work?”  


Since I commute all the way from Bothell, the 6:10 class was now off the table. So, by 5:22, I decide that I can make the 7:05 class, and haul my ass out of bed, rinse in the shower, and throw on the workout clothes I set out the night before. This brings me to my next tip: set out what you’re going to be wearing the night before especially if you’re working out early. There is no way I am digging for a sport’s bra in the dark in my cluttered room. 


From the time I wake up, I manage to get out the door in a record 25 minutes. Again, the key is having clothes, food, and my work bag, ready to go the night before making it easier to get ready with little thinking. I cannot stress enough how much I despise getting up early or just mornings in general, but the upside of driving to Seattle this early is that I can dodge rush hour traffic, which I may hate more than early mornings. 


You may hear many people say that the hardest part of getting into a fitness routine is showing up, and those people are right. Once I was at Seattle Kettlebell Club, my bells next to my mat, I wondered why I was so dramatic about getting out of bed a mere hour and a half before. 

How I feel after a successful workout week



The flow of the classes has become easier, and I’m able to transition from exercise to exercise with more ease making me more confident with cleans, jerks and long cycle, so I’m less stressed about form and more focused on improvement. My biggest struggle has been straightening my arms at the same time as bending my knees during the jerk. My body keeps wanting to bend my knees and then raise my arms. Tyna describes the jerk being difficult because “it’s like trying to rub your stomach and pat your head at the same time.”


Another struggle is also anything that involves pushups. Sometimes we do pushups with or without kettlebells, but either way, I always find my arms wanting to give out, but the best way to see fitness improvement is to do exercises that are difficult.  Plus, I can feel myself getting stronger, and I’m slowly moving from 4-kilo to 6-kilo for certain exercises, but I must constantly remind myself not to overexert my muscles. 


So, what are my goals for next week? I want to get in some walking or hiking this weekend, and I plan to take three GAP classes again next week, but also fit in a day of traditional lifting as well. For those who are not early birds, SKC offers classes all throughout the day. Visit seattlekettlebellclub.com/calendar for the complete schedule, and keep on eye on our blog for more on my kettlebell journey. 

-Camille Borodey