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Unfortunately, I have some sad news for you.

Robert Kennedy Publishing, producer and distributor of Oxygen magazine, Reps magazine and MuscleMag has filed for bankruptcy and has closed their doors. As you may know, I was a regular contributor to all of these magazines. In fact, I submitted a training feature on kettlebell training that wasn’t published yet…

I put in a lot of time preparing and writing this article and I was really upset to hear about RKP because I thought this article wouldn’t actually get published.

I went to the best sources I could find (Pavel, Steve Cotter, Brett Jones and Dan John) to get quotes and more information on this training “fad” that just won’t go away.

Luckily, I received the July/August issue of Reps in the mail last week. The article was published! However, I’m not sure it will hit store shelves.

I really wanted this article to be read and shared so I got a jpg of each 2-page spread. I’ve attached it below.

Enjoy the article and please share it with others as it probably will not be seen in stores. Thanks.

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NOTE: I was not present at the photo shoot. Some of the exercise pictures in this article are slightly off the technique I use when training with kettlebells. Please read the technique explanation to get a better sense of how to perform each exercise.

photo credit: andrewmalone via photopin cc

I chose JKC because I row/coach teams in the St. John’s Regatta and was looking to add strength training to our program. My wife is also running friends with Julia, so I got to meet Jon a few times and heard lots of good things. I like JKC over other gyms because of the level coaching I receive and the gym atmosphere. The energy in the gym helps me through the tough workouts.

I had virtually no real experience using weights and felt intimidated going gyms. I avoided gym-goers using free weights, especially when hearing that loud crash, as they would drop weights to the floor. I thought this was to show everyone around them that they owned that area and that I shouldn’t go anywhere near! So I guess I just wanted to learn how to lift weights safely in a gym environment.

I spent over 18 years in the British Military, so I got to use some nice gyms. 99% of my time and experiences in those gyms was spent doing cardiovascular workouts, because I could just jump on a treadmill, plug in my head phones and do my own thing! JKC is different, because they have given me the confidence to use free weights and equipment that I had feared for years. Their demonstrations and knowledge is impeccable and I thank them for their continuous belief and support they show me at every session.

Tara Rector-Whelan

Personal Strength Training by Thomas King

I started at JKC after a good friend recommended it to me. She had been coming for about a year and I was envious of her great results. I felt sluggish after failing to motivate myself with various home workout routines. I love the fun and relaxed atmosphere at JKC. It’s such a comfortable gym space and I enjoy knowing so many of the people I work out with. Jon and Thomas make an effort to introduce everyone to each other and with all the joking around,  it starts to feel like a family. Not to mention the awesome results. I’ve always liked to run on a treadmill but I’ve never had the drive to lift weights on my own. Going to JKC makes me accountable which was what I really needed. I feel so much stronger and healthier than I did 4 years ago when I started.

I heard somewhere that achieving your health goals is determined largely by what you do in the kitchen. I am grateful to have found Julia who brought direction and accountability to this most important piece for me. Having Julia in my corner has brought me confidence and certainty that I am on my way to achieving my goals. I highly recommend her if you are serious about making a change and feeling better about your health.

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