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Zero Defects
Fitness
August 22nd, 2008

Some people go about things backwards - in regards to my fitness level I think that describes me. It wasn't until I hit my 20's that I started running. Before that I had not participated in any sports - my parents could never afford extra-curricular activities and they were pretty lousy role models. When I started running I was passionate about it - and pretty good. Training for half marathons kept me motivated and training hard. It also helped me keep my weight down and deal with stress. And then when I hit my mid 30's I started exploring other sports and ways to keep fit in addition to running. First there was mtn bike riding with my husband ( which I failed at horribly), then I took up karate (not bad at that, but it got too expensive) then I tried outrigger canoeing. I loved that and it gave me some terrific looking shoulders (maybe a little too much like a linebacker), but all that time in the sun and salt water does a number on the skin. Plus the racing schedule was killer. So I spent a few years mainly running until I started getting some major stress injuries. Plantar fascitis (sp?) was really slowing me down and by the time I was hobbling around (stupid I know) I went in to see a personal trainer to get "fixed". That is when I discovered kettlebells. I was intrigued with the description of a large ball that was used by the Russians for their phenomenal levels of fitness - plus the studio was convenient. So I took up kb's with Lauren. They were fun and a great way to strength train and give my running injuries a break - and then I got hooked on the results. I had been struggling with an extra inch around my waist. My sister said it was something that everybody got at a certain age and you just had to live with it. "Uh no, not me" I thought! After doing kettlebells for 3 years and making some adjustments to my diet I do not have that extra lining around my waist and I am more toned and strong than ever. It makes me feel like I have control of my body - a good thing. I still struggle with the occasional annoying running injury but now I can cut back on my running without freaking out because I have kb's. In addition, I have found that yoga helps keep me flexible now that I am (gulp) in my 50's. Yoga gives me balance too - I mean balance in my life - and I need something that slows me down.
Here is a link by the way to the kettlebell DVD that I made with my trainer!!  Who would have thought I would be doing this at age 52!! [Link Removed]


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      Yana Berlin wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • WOW that’s impressive.

      I wish I could stick to Yoga, but for me it’s a bit slow, and since it takes so much time and it doesn’t give the cardio that I need I now skip it all together.

      I saw kettlebells at the gym but never really knew what people did with them.

      It’s incredible that at 52 you were able to get in the best shape of your life. I guess there is hope for all of us after all.

      Thanks for the inspiration, off to gym I go.

      Yana



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      Reese01 wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • Yana,
      Believe me, slowing down is the hardest thing in the world for me to do as well. But I have found it is critical for me because I feel the need to always be DOING something. We should all practice a little time just BEING. We owe it to ourselves, even if it is just once a week. I appreciate the feedback!



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      Leeann wrote Aug 24, 2008
    • I have lost 12 pounds in a month. I need to firm up a little bit. I need to get back into going to gym. I like taking the spin class. I feel like it helps me with stress.



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