Albany Movement & Fitness has the pleasure to present a Kettlebell Swing educational taught by Debbie Whaley Hayes. She is one of the strongest and smartest women in our StrongFirst family. Although we come from the same StrongFirst community, often times the lineage of instructors that we learn from is different, making our instructional styles and cuing different as well. No matter how good you think your swing is, it can always get better. A new look at a familiar movement may revive your swing and help you take it to the next level.
In this video, Debbie skillfully walks us through the progressions that lead to a proficient swing, focusing on nailing down the foundation, making sure that each prerequisite movement has been sufficiently practiced prior to proceeding to the next step. Debbie’s expertise as a fellow Functional Movement Specialist mandates that movement competency be achieved for the sake of safety prior to executing the movement. So make sure that you can touch your toes, that you have a 2/2 on your Active Straight Leg Raise, and that your deadlift is solid before practicing the swing. Remember: Quality over quantity.
Thank you so much, Debbie, for being part of our blog project. You rock!
When someone shows interest in becoming a member at Albany Movement & Fitness, the first thing we do is a complimentary consultation. This allows us to get to know the client by gathering information about their goals, health-related issues, and current activity level. We also determine if they need nutritional support and take them through a Functional Movement Screen. We need all this information in order to make a professional recommendation. The final question that we ask provides the link between results and reality, perception and behavior. We expose the (false) truths that individuals tell themselves, the habitual mini stories that ultimately formulate their personal worldview. This view predetermines the value that a person places on any given thing, not only the financial value but also the relative value based on the individual’s priorities. The question is: What are the obstacles that you face in achieving your specific goals? The two most common responses are time and money.
People say they don’t have the time. This actually means it isn’t important enough. It isn’t a high priority or urgent enough to make it to the top of the list. Most of us have the inner voice that tells us, “I’m gaining a little weight.” Or “When did it get so hard to walk up the stairs?” Or “I don’t have as much energy as I used to.” We experience fatigue, weight gain, little annoying aches and pains that were not there months ago, and we are noticeably weaker but we ignore them because we tell ourselves it is normal for our age and we do not have the time to address them. We prioritize everything above our own bodies. A sedentary life contributes to a life full of limitations and dependency in the future, but we ignore the signs.
Where does time come from? Running out of time is mostly a story that we tell ourselves to cover up an ugly truth: we refuse to choose ourselves and take action. In the hierarchy of our daily responsibilities, we come last. We make lists and develop routines. We do the next thing that helps us to fulfill our obligations. After we complete these things, we feel responsible but still we have not addressed what is most important. You decide how your time is spent! The solution has nothing to do with finding more time (you can’t) and everything to do with creating more urgency, more of an itch, more desire. As human beings we are always recalibrating what is most important to us. It is time to chose your health and wellness. Time is finite, but unlike money, time is also replenished every second. At Albany Movement & Fitness we specialize in Personal training and Functional Movement. We can help you Lose Weight, Move Better, and Get Stronger! You were made to move. It is your birthright! Be vibrant and youthful with Albany Movement & Fitness!
We want you at Albany Movement & Fitness not because we are less expensive but because we are better. What do we offer that makes us better?
Smaller, more personal class sizes
Excellent location and facility
No long-term contracts
All instructors have degrees in Education with years of experience
All instructors teach well, model well, and move well.
We practice what we preach! We will listen to you and consider your input regarding your training program. It is our goal to earn your trust by operating with complete transparency. We are not asking you to switch for cheaper; we are asking you to switch for better. Albany Movement & Fitness is the better choice. Move in the right direction. Join the movement!