My trip to Tuscany

Now onto why I was really sunning it out in Tuscany.  I am priveleged to be part of something called RMAX International, a ‘Global Peak Performance community of teachers and students’.  Naturally, I am more student than teacher but our founder Scott Sonnon developed a system of training known as Circular Strength Training (CST) which reflects elements of a whole range of other more traditional fitness systems like Yoga, Thai Chi, Russian Sambo, Indian Club Swinging and many others.  As a fitness professional I was getting involved in Clubell training and my search led me to the great man, finding out that a whole set of bodyweight exercises also formed a large part of his training.  I came to realise that there were some UK-based RMAX coaches around so in the summer of 2011 I attended my first CST seminar in Marylebone at Diego Core’s Field and Training Clinic.

In this course I learned what was required of me to become CST certified.  Only 100 repetitions of three exercises known as the ‘TRIAL BY FIRE’

with 15lb clubs.  Check this demo out

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKE1LS930P0

After months of practise I attended the first UK certification in Slough UK, attended by people from all over Europe and beyond at Vik Hothi’s centre IMAS UK.  Thankfully I passed this gruelling fitness test and felt a great sense of honour and achievement.

It was also a great honour to meet Scott Sonnon as well as European head coach Alberto Galazzi

One year on and I have benefitted greatly from being a CST instructor.  I understand human movement so well now and have a good idea on understanding proper human biomechanics. This is particularly important when deciding what kinds of exercises to give to people.  The actual exercise programme resulting from CST is TACFIT where the aim is to condition ourselves physically and mentally for the challenges we face in life.  An integretive programme where there is a lot of emphasis on breathing, recovery and mobility and where the exercises do not comprmise any of the aforementioned, unlike with other systems where the actual exercises can involve a higher than normal level of good mobility which does not suit most 21st century desk-jockeys.

So my journey took me to Florence where there was a convention for all European based instructors.  I was thoroughly impresses by the Italian boys and girls who look very committed and enthusiastic about what we are involved in.  My aim is to now prepare for my Tacfit certification and my CST retesting, hopefully ending with attending the TACFIT bootcamp in Capri this time next year.  I am excited about this journey and know that in following it I can find the fittest version of myself so I invite all readers to do the same.

Tacfit classes are held every week at Diego Core’s Centre the link for which is above (like on his name).  So come along and try something different and do things you never thought you could do.

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Clubbells? What do they do?

So as if the picture above isn’t enough to answer the question.  Since taking up and teaching clubbell training I am often asked what these tools do.  I suppose it’s a valid question.  After all, we all know side bends get rid of love handles right? (As if).  More on that in another post.

So I have criticised ‘Arnie-style’ training as being time-consuming, boring, with the potential to ruin posture, knees, lower back and shoulders, defo in the long-run.  Clubs however are obviously more fun because of the variety they provide.  Club training allows greater and more liberated movement at the joints to keep them healthier especially when a certified trainer like myself can make sure you have the right mechanics suited to the relevant exercise.  For a more detailed look at clubbell training check out the following link

http://www.clubbell.tv/

For girls, working with lighter clubs will tone your arms a lot quicker because the basic pressing and casting movements load the arms muscles eccentrically, meaning that they strengthen whilst lengthening.  They will even help you perform some of the advanced yoga moves involving hand-balances as you work more on stabilising the clubs using your core and shoulder girdle.  Bodypump on the other hand is just another Arnie workout separating the body into individual building blocks, when we are actually an integrated system.  Scott Sonnon teaches us that we are in fact one muscle and one bag of connective tissue with different attachments.

Clubbells in a gym may look strange but look who else is training with them:

The US

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeoaKaU9VjQ

Norway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3AbyWCRNVE

Italy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=becwzuNv5DU

So you’re not alone.  This is the clubbell revolution and allow Cesar Clavijo to explain a bit more

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1JSnBulaVA&feature=plcp

This video makes me proud to be part of the CST family.  Tomorrow is when I start getting back into my club training, aiming to get as proficient as Cesar in the video.  You will also see the aesthetic benefits I will have aquired through training like this.