The Kettlebell Workout

Kettlebells come out of mother Russia. No surprise they have a long legacy of strongmen.  In the 14th and 15th century, wrestling live bears was the extreme sport of the day. The bear was penned. The man would antagonize the bear by banging a drum until the animal attacked him. The man usually won.

Any villager, no matter how poor, could pour cement into a cast iron kettle and have all the equipment he needed for super-strength and endurance. Developing the habit of flinging the kettlebell around on a daily basis,  gave many Russians the back, legs and core strength to excel in bear wrestling, weightlifting or the Red Army, where kettlebells figured heavily in basic training.

If the kettlebell is alien to you body, as it probably is, you’re about to discover a whole new level of hurt. Be sure to chose the right weight to avoid injury, but substantial enough challenge to give you some pain the next day. For women, that’s usually about 15 lbs, for men it’s around 20 lbs and 30. But a real man should be able to handle a 50 pounder in short order, or so I’m told. You will be able to add weight quickly.

If you’ve got bulging discs, don’t bother. However, if your back is merely weak, it won’t be for long. It tones the body like nothing else.  And even for hardcore lifters it’s a great new way to shock your muscles.

Take a class, or book a training session with me. And prepare to wrestle the bear.

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Cleaning Out

Drainage is key to longevity. And when it comes to weight loss, improving your drainage is an easy way to get an edge that doesn’t involve the hard work of exercise and diet. Which is not to say you should slack off.

How do you improve your drainage? You’re already putting the herbal fiber mix in your smoothie every morning. But that’s not enough. For immediate results try colonics. It reduces the swelling in your stomach and bad odours on the toilet that come from blockages in the intestines.

For those of you who don’t know, Colonics is colon irrigation. It’s like an enema only more effective. An apparatus is inserted into the rectum. The water that flows into you is unpressurized, gravity feed. And feces flow out.

If you’re not use to being penetrated in this area , or any area of your body, it might take a little getting used to. But it doesn’t take long for the squeamishness to go. You’ll be glad to get rid of that toxic waste.

Colonics teaches your body drainage. You get to know the difference between a clogged system and a clean one. The results I’ve seen over the past decade in myself and other people have been tremendous.

This is especially true for people who are prone to flus and colds, etc., and others who have had bad acne or skin blemishes clear up. It does a lot for skin quality, and for the immune system in particular.

Of all the people I know of who have recieved colonics, including my mother and many of my friends,  I’ve never known it to harm anyone. Colonics reduces the risk of cancer and many other diseases, especially diseases of the intestinal tract.

If you stink up the whole house when you use the bathroom, don’t worry about the good bacteria. You only have mostly bad. Just take your probiotic supplement afterwards.

Karen works out of High Park Chiropractic and Integrated Health Centre, next to System’s Fitness at Bloor West and Clendenan Ave. It’s a clean and sterile atmosphere and yet comfortable and relaxed. And Karryn has a way of taking away any of the awkwardness you might feel.

Here’s Karryn’s email in case you want to try colonics: Kstarr_A@hotmail.com

See you at hot yoga tomorrow.

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