November
19

RKC, my next learning experience…

At my facility we have a set of core values, two of which are Be Innovative and Have a Growth Mindset. I think that as a business, especially one that is a direct reflection of me, it is important to have some “rules” that guide your actions. As part of trying to live up to the two I just mentioned I am always looking for learning opportunities that will allow me to continue to develop the best mountain bike training programs in the world.

This last year my big investment was going to Mike Boyle’s facility for a 4 day mentorship. It was a great experience that I wrote several blog posts about (do a search for Mike Boyle on my blog to find them) and this next year I wanted to find another “hero” of mine in this industry and see what they had to say. After thinking about it and looking around I signed up for the RKC Certification coming up in May.

RKC stand for Russian Kettlebell Challenge and is the brainchild of Pavel Tsatsouline, the man who helped popularize kettlebells in this country in the mid 90’s (yes, they’ve been around in the US for that long). He also wrote Power to the People, one of the simplest yet most profound training books I’ve ever read. In it he talked about how the nervous system impacts your strength levels and how to “reprogram” it to get freaky strong, things that have shaped my training programs ever since.

So, getting the chance to learn about kettlebells from the man himself is something I’m looking forward to. In addition to attending the class there is also a physical test – 5 pull ups and 100 snatches with a 24 kilo (52 lb.) kettlebell in 5 minutes. The 100 snatches is a feat and something I’m looking forward to training for. I gave it a test run a couple weeks back and got 77 snatches, not bad but not good enough for the RKC.

I’m also curious how my riding will be impacted by my training for the snatch test. When I can crank out 100 in 5 minutes will I have more leg drive and endurance? Will I be faster and more powerful? Or will it make little difference on the trail? I guess I’ll find out and see that knowledge impacts the next generation of programs I write.

-James Wilson-

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  1. Drew Freeman says:

    I have done the RKC and RKC level 2. It is an amazing certification. For me personally doing the 100 24 kg snatches might have given me a little more explosive power in my mountain biking but not much. If anything it definitely helped build up great grip and forearm strength and endurance plus I think it has really helped with my HR recovery. Except me being 6’2″ 185 lbs the 100 with 24 kg is not too challenging. For someone that is shorter and lighter it would probably have a much greater effect on their mountain biking.
    The snatch to me is by far my favorite explosive kettlebell lift. It works your whole body so well. It can only help you on your bike that is for sure. Snatch goals for me this year is the 200 in 10 min with the 24 kg, and 100 in 5 min with the 32 kg. I want to accomplish both of these before next years mountain bike season here in MN and see how that helps my biking.
    Enjoy the cert James. Pavel and the other Master KB trainers are all great people and love to teach. It is a fun and challenging cert. Enjoy the pain!!

    Reply • November 19 at 1:40 pm

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