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Warrior Dash and Kettlebell Class

Hey everyone, we're finally leaving this morning to head up North for the Warrior Dash.  Patrick has made his warrior helmet, Francis is encasing himself in duct tape, and Elizabeth has the warrior tummy bug.  This should prove interesting. 



So, when we get back on Sunday, it is going to be the start of something entirely new.  I will be teaching kettlebell classes on Tuesdays and Fridays at the St. Francis of Assisi Community Center in the Cupertino Room.  Class starts at 9:30 and will run for approximately 45 minute.  What will be really fun and exciting is that I don't know if I'll actually have kettlebells by next week, but details like that are pointless to worry about.  I am an expert at "winging it".  The class is free, but I am asking everyone to bring their own kettlebell or purchase one from me at cost.  (Approximately 25$ for the smallest size, add two dollars for each 2kg increase in weight.)  The appropriate size for a beginner is 4 kg, or 8.8 lbs.  If you purchase your bell from me, I will allow you to trade it in and just pay for the price difference as you increase your weight.

I will still be offering personalized training and some group training and I am still coaching weightlifting over at the Athletic Performance Center.  The APC may be hosting the NC State USA Weightlifting meet come next May.  Watch my blog for announcements.

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