Christian Goldberg, Certified Kettlebell Teacher, Shiatsu Practitioner, Ki-Aikido Instructor, Ashtanga Yoga student
In the exercise capital of Colorado there is surprisingly little focus on kettlebell training. In most gyms they are tucked away, unused, even locked in supply closets. Used correctly, kettlebells yield a full body workout, combining strength with cardio conditioning. One would think this total fitness tool would be a staple at every gym, but it’s not. Why? The answer is as surprising as the problem. It is just plain hard work. Kettlebell workouts are so efficient they don’t take a whole hour. And the learning curve requires complete concentration on correct form from the beginning.
From day one I give bodyweight exercises as homework to accelerate the learning process for my students. In my experience, one solo practice is worth three guided classes. Students are asked to stay alert to physical and mental cues so they will have correct form when practicing outside of class. With more than a decade of martial arts and yoga training, I have an eye for foot and shoulder positioning that affects core strength. These safety checks and conscious use of breath are taught while students are building correct physical patterns. Kettlebell and auxiliary training opens new directions of movement in the body. As the body gains flexible strength the mind moves into healthier, more efficient fitness practices. I have seen people use kettlebells to transform their own lives.
My first Kettlebell Instructor certification was in 2004. There I met some of the most understated, profound treasures of physical training one could hope to find. I constantly learn from those who have come before me, have a deep respect for the modesty that is a trademark of great talent, and strive to learn more efficient coaching techniques. My goals as a trainer are to contribute to the field of athletics by training students to become teachers, advance awareness of healthy fitness practices and hand these gifts over to coming generations.