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April Programming Notes
We have been working real hard for the last 8 weeks and it’s all about to pay off. This month, on the week of April 10th we are going to be re-testing our 5 rep maxes in our three movements. Remember to keep your expectations real. The reason we have been doing our goal weight once a week is to give us an idea of the weight we should be shooting for. I know that I am very excited to see everyone’s growth from our last 8 weeks!
After we finish this powerlifting cycle we are going to move some things around a little. We will be moving our squats to Monday/Tuesday Strength and focusing on our front squat movement, while moving our deadlift to Saturdays. Our Wednesday/Thursday Strength will change from a bench press to an overhead military press in order to build some stability on our feet.
Not only that, but we will be taking the next two months to work on our pull ups in order to build our upper backs for all that flexin’ on the beach this summer. We will be utilizing a pull up program that relies on consistent practice and your coach will make sure to go over it with everyone in classes.
Coaches Spotlight: Q&A with Matthew
Frankly, they’re awesome. I’ve done a number of different things over the years, including long distance running, more crossfit style workouts, natural movement work, and olympic lifting. I have yet to find a tool to work with that provides both the cardiovascular health I currently have and the strength that a kettlebell does. I supplement my kettlebell practice with powerlifting, but the kettlebell not only increased my strength by leaps and bounds, but my mobility and flexibility, without much true focus on it.
Who is your favorite band to listen to and why?
Shakira...Because hips don’t lie yo.
What is the best kettlebell movement for anyone to do and why ?
The military press: I once learned that the key to happiness is to press heavy shit overhead. I like being happy.
What drives you to work out regularly?
I have found that in everything we do in life, strength helps. I have yet to find something where being weak will help me. I like strong.
What else do you do when not teaching at the gym?
I actually teach fitness at a retirement home. Stayton Fit is the name of the class I do twice a week at Stayton, with about 40 or so people each day. I also do personal training and have taught the kettlebell swing to kids 8 years old and folk 90 years young.
Community Spotlight: Social Running
When it comes to the community here in Fort Worth, we have many different people doing very exciting things. You might have had the opportunity to work out with members of ours, Brian and Jeanette Frank. But what you might not know is that they also run a little running group called Social Running. And by little I mean quite a large group, averaging 100 people every Wednesday night, and races throughout the year up to around 1,000 people.
Every Wednesday, Social Running meets at the Clearfork FoodPark off of University at 7:00. They go on a social run into Trinity Park on a 4 mile loop, finishing with friends, fun, and a group finisher photo. It’s an awesome way to meet new friends and find new running buddies in town. They accept all levels and it is definitely recommended if you are newer to the running community in Fort Worth or just looking for some accountability. These Wednesday night runs are based around the idea of building community and are always FREE!
Make sure to check out their website and see the many different events they are hosting, some like the Wednesday night social runs, and other, larger, timed events such as their ever popular Mimosa Runs.
Come join us this Wednesday, April 12th, as we help Social Running celebrate their 4 year anniversary. They will be doing raffles and our own coach Matt and Puppers will be out supporting. It starts at 6:30 and there are drink specials after the run.
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