The Key to Strength is Hard Work and Patience

I have always considered myself an old-fashioned girl. Al and I love antiques, simple living and a good challenge.

I guess that is what attracted me to the kettlebell in the first place. It is an old-time strength tool that is simple, vastly challenging and extremely rewarding.

It has been truly wonderful to share my passion for kettlebells with others as a gym owner and strength coach. People get strong with kettlebells pretty darn quick ... but I tell them to wait a year or two or three and they will see even more amazing changes in their bodies and in their lives.

Wow! Years! That's a long time! 

But not really.

I rebranded as a kettlebell gym Nov. 1, 2013 so we are coming up on a year together with some of our gym members who have done a heck-of-a-lot of swings, getups, cleans, presses, hand-foot crawling, foam-rolling, pulling, pushing, lifting and carrying and so much more.

And they are very strong.

And even more exciting, with kettlebells, I have seen their former injuries disappear. I see them moving better, squatting lower, hanging longer, and lifting heavier with less recovery time. I see them learning how to care for their bodies in a way that is sustainable over time.

Our members are training to be strong for the rigors of life and sport and they know that changing one's body and building new healthy habits doesn't happen overnight. 

In our fast-food, give-it-to-me-now culture, strength is ray of light because it is something that is carefully cultivated over time. 

It is a reward for hard work and the results are as individual as a snowflake.

So we pick up the kettlebell and begin a journey of hard work and patience that leads us to some level of strength -- and we are not sure where the ending point is.  But the final destination doesn't seem to matter because we are enjoying the journey.