European Kettlebell Tour 2010, Part 1

Ok, so I know I haven’t blogged in about 3 weeks.

Sorry about that. I was prepping for Europe – the RKC and my vacation. Both of which, were EXCELLENT.

Let’s get started with the Danish RKC.

My wife and I went together – I taught, she assisted. Very cool to do that together.

We arrived in Copenhagen on Wednesday and got to our hotel at just after 2pm. This was hilarious – I put Courtney in charge of the hotel there and in Paris. The first hotel we stayed in was nice – but as I said, hilarious – because it was on the edge of the “red light district!” And it was across the street from a strip club. Too funny!

Copenhagen is beautiful.

Here are some observations:

  • Never saw an overweight Dane.
  • LOTS of bicycles. One of the attendees said that bike congestion was getting so bad during rush hours that cyclist were actually starting to experience “road rage”
  • People walked everywhere.
  • Food was incredibly tasty and natural. Most was grown locally or within Denmark or surrounding countries.
  • Food is expensive.

I’m pretty sure all those things are related – what do you think?

There were some hitches at the cert – one of the instructors got stranded in New Jersey (bummer about that) because his plane was delayed. So he never made it. Another instructor had food poisoning on Thursday night and so he missed Friday, so Pavel, Kenneth, and I pretty much taught the whole cert. That was fine by me. It went off great, I thought. It was great to see Kenneth too. I hadn’t seen him since last August in Hungary. And my assistants were outstanding too. They were all over technical errors the candidates made before we had even made any of the corrections necessary – which just shows that they were really on their game and had owned the RKC basic six.

Overall the RKC candidates were well-prepared.

Interesting side note – there posture, thoracic mobility, and shoulder health was better than the American candidates. I’m pretty sure that’s because the Danes (and maybe Europeans in general?) are more active than Americans.

I love the RKC and what we teach. It’s great to see a group of individuals who can’t move well or produce force well completely change for the better in 3 days. The “a-ha” moments are priceless. I love watching the “instantaneous” strength increases. I love watching the looks on people’s faces. It’s all just really moving to be a part of something much bigger than yourself. What an honor for me. If you had asked me in 2005 when I got my RKC if I thought I would be doing this, I would’ve had no idea. I thought it was cool, but it wasn’t on my radar.

I really think everyone who uses kettlebells should at least go through an HKC. There’s something to be said for the “hands-on” approach that is just missing or lacking from the video or written material. It’s the kinesthetic portion of the learning – the “do this, not that” – that makes all the difference. Plus, the HKC really enforces the principles within the RKC, which is often time missed or overlooked or discounted in the materials found on Dragon Door. If you’re up for it, go to the RKC. Yeah, it’ll take you about 6 months to prepare for it, maybe longer, but it’ll be unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

Overall, I’d give this Danish RKC a big “thumbs up.” It was one of the best RKCs I’ve ever had the privilege to instruct. Big thanks to Kenneth for doing all the leg work.

More to follow…

11 comments… add one
  • Greg Dubla Jun 8, 2010 @ 16:31

    Geoff
    Good for you and Europe vacation.I just got back myself from the Med 12 day cruise.been using kettlebell burn and my shoulder (left) hasn’t rely this good in 3 years! I have been increasing my workload (you sneaky bugger). Bad news, blew out my plantaris tendon Sunday and will have to hold off the ‘bells for a few weeks Arggh Best of luck!

    • GEOFFN Jun 8, 2010 @ 19:59

      Greg, My wife wants to do a long Med cruise – some day. Glad you noticed the workload increase and the shoulder feeling better. How in the world did you blow out your plantaris tendon??? You sure it’s “blown” or did you strain your popliteus instead? The two feel similar – lots of swelling and tenderness behind the knee, loss of knee flexion…

  • Russ Moon Jun 8, 2010 @ 17:12

    Master RKC Neupert,

    Congratulations on being a “go to” person who can pick up the pieces when things could fall apart.

    1 Arm Clean and Press 40kg 1 set each arm 10 20
    48kg 1 ladder 1,2,3 6 12
    40kg 1 5 10
    Dual Kettlebell Press 40kg 1 5 5
    24kg 4 15 60
    Alternating Sets of Pulldowns or Pull-ups – 60 reps total
    Total press reps 107

    • GEOFFN Jun 8, 2010 @ 19:56

      Hey Russ,

      Been following your progress – GREAT stuff!

      Uh, not sure about the “go to guy” comment – guess I shoulda worded that a little differently…

      RE – the Pull Downs – I’d drop ’em and just go with low rep Pull Up ladders because the neurological groove is entirely different.

      • Russ Moon Jun 9, 2010 @ 1:00

        Thank you following the basics and slowly clawing my way with better form.

        “Go to” – those were my words to describe you and I used them to denote that you had the experience and mental presence to adjust to the changing conditions without a detrimental effect on the victims learning experience despite being a bit short handed. Will work harder on keeping my hands on the iron and my mouth closed more except to breath. You gave the credit to your assistants and fellow instructors.

        Pull Downs – I need to find something that will hold me without ripping the door frame down or a standalone unit. My problem which unless I bike to the local playground (which isn’t all bad) I need to address. Starting what will be a long assault, but I will go up in good form. Neck to bar. It almost feels like parts of the TGU where you are pinching the finger in the middle of your back.

  • Kresten Gaub Jun 8, 2010 @ 18:15

    It’s good to have you back, sir.

    I’m glad you enjoyed Denmark and Europe. I certainly enjoyed your contributions to the Danish RKC.

    Sincerely yours

    Kresten Gaub

    P.S. In recognition of how much cooler your beard was than mine – I’ve shaved mine off ;-)#

    • GEOFFN Jun 8, 2010 @ 19:54

      Kresten,

      It was great meeting you and being able to work with you. It was great to see your technique improve over the course of the weekend.

      LOL on the beard – I shaved mine off Monday when we went to Paris!

      Keep in touch.

  • Gil Flores Jun 8, 2010 @ 22:04

    Geoff!

    Welcome back – I got your new book and it looks great!

    I have it on my desk as I write this and am eager to crack it open
    and get to work. Congratulations on what I think will be an outstanding
    addition to your already stellar resume.

    Best in health,

    Gil Flores
    HKC ACE/CPT

  • Marcus Jun 9, 2010 @ 9:25

    Thanks for popping by for the RKC. And more thanks for the hip flexor stretch you hooked me up with 🙂

  • Greg Dubla Jun 9, 2010 @ 21:38

    Geoff,
    I felt it pop and heard it loudly actually running up stairs. Severe mid calf pain. Couldn’t walk. iced,elevated, some anti inflammatories. Saw a orthopedic surgeon colleage who told me likely a plantaris tendon tear/rupture with some Gastro tearing as well. It has been getting better so I hope to heal fast and get back to swinging,etc.!!
    Greg D

  • Henrik Landhammar Jun 10, 2010 @ 10:02

    Awesome weekend in Denmark! Thanks for great coaching Geoff!

    Henrik Landhammar RKC – Team Neupert

    Swedish sixpack

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