For Whom the Bell Tolls

photos by Jeff Sweeney

photos by Jeff Sweeney

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by Job Abraria
Kalin McClure grew up in Eureka, IL, and experienced chronic neck and shoulder issues. She found relief in exercise and, in wanting to share the benefits of her experience with outers, became a personal trainer.

She is a certified personal trainer, a certified kettlebell instructor with StrongFirst and RKC, and a Functional Movement Screen professional.  Curriculum was developed by Pavel Tsatsouline, who pioneered kettlebell training in the West   StrongFirst is a school of strength that teach men and women how to quickly and safely reach high levels of strength.  StrongFirst employs several effective modalities—kettlebells, barbells, and bodyweight—but one set of universal training principles. As the motto of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program goes, “One mind, any weapon.”

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Kalin’s training services focus on rehabilitative exercises and helping clients recover from injuries as well as issues like persistent neck and back pain. Along with rehab exercises, her focus is on strength and conditioning: creating strong movement patterns to help clients reach their goals.

The Kettlebell is one tool that McClure uses in her service. A strange looking dumbbell that is basically a handle attached to a flattened cannonball of varying size, kettlebells make traditional dumbbell moves more challenging. Their weight isn't evenly distributed, so your stabilizer muscles have to work harder.

Researchers found that people who did 20-minute kettlebell workouts torched almost 300 calories.  When you factor in the muscle-sculpting impact (the calories burned after you exercise as your body repairs its muscle fibers), the total expenditure could increase by up to 50 percent.

Fitness impact: Five stars – you will be lucky to finish a workout, and your body will feel, no one leaves class without sweating out.

Learning Curve: two  stars – everyone can do it, but there is a process and controlled movement that has to be learned if not mastered to really do it right, but well worth learning.