When it comes to changing your body, there are many methods, some less obvious than others. Keira Newton, trainer, and owner of Dynamic Fitness, discovered just that when she picked up a kettlebell for the first time.
Dynamic Fitness focuses on transforming the form of each member and creating proper functional movements for better overall fitness.
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Tell us about Dynamic Fitness and how it is set apart from other more conventional fitness centers.
Like most gyms, we attract clients who are interested in changing body composition and feeling better. Kettlebells are highly effective tools for accomplishing those ends.
But the cool part of DF is that as trainers, we are more interested in function than form. And kettlebells happen to be great tools for teaching proper movement mechanics or functional movement, as well.
So, we get people in the door who want to look and feel better, and we generally achieve those things. But at the same time, we also “trick” people into moving better by teaching sound mechanics.
Once clients are moving better, and with strength and confidence, we introduce more complex mobility and flexibility sequences to achieve more graceful movement. We sell body transformation, but we ultimately teach movement.
Your website shares your inspirational story of how you lost 44 pounds and reshaped your body by using kettlebells. What was it about the kettlebell that motivated you more than say a regular boot camp or cardio workout plan?
I watched my husband do kettlebells for several months before I finally tried them out. My first impression of watching him practice was that kettlebells were kind of barbaric and silly.
But I also had just had a baby and couldn’t easily get to the gym, so I was intrigued by how his short, intense workouts combined cardio, strength and flexibility work together.
I picked up a kettlebell, did about 20 minutes of work with it, and was blown away by the kettlebell burn. I was out of breath while working out and then sore for a week. And I knew that this workout was no joke. My pregnancy weight just melted away, and I was hooked.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
Our mission statement promises that we will help clients “transcend their fitness goals.” This goes back to my first point about form and function. Clients come to us to improve their “form,” in other words, “to look better naked,” to paraphrase one of my coaches.
That’s the primary goal when the majority of people come to us. But for us as trainers, improving body composition is just the hook to get people addicted to better movement.
And getting people moving better — with more grace, ease, and flow — gets them to “transcend their goals,” because they move past mental and physical limitations. We start with strength, and strength builds confidence.
Confidence builds trust in our training principles and allows clients to evolve way beyond body composition goals. We’ve got middle-aged clients doing deep, flat-footed squats, swinging across the monkey bars and doing somersaults or handstands.
Fitness is transformed to play; exercise becomes fun, and clients stay motivated because they’re getting way more than they ever bargained for.
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Do you ever implement workouts that don’t include kettlebells?
We use body weight drills, TRX, sandbags, club bells, battle ropes, climbing ropes, tractor tires, logs, you name it. Again: kettlebells and bodyweight drills are our vehicles for teaching movement mechanics.
Once you have sound mechanics, you can play safely with all kinds of strength tools. This allows us to maintain variety and reinforce that sound movement opens up all kinds of possibilities.
What are your suggestions on pre- and post-workout nutrition?
It depends on the individual’s goals. Someone trying to build mass will need lots of calories. The idea is that someone looking to build should always eat before they feel hungry. We have specific strength programs to cater to this crowd.
However, for the majority of folks who are trying to stay lean or lose weight, we encourage lean proteins and vegetables for the majority of meals and the strategic use of carbohydrates as post-workout replenishment fuel.
The majority of our clients are middle-aged folks who have unforgiving metabolisms.
Since nutrition matters even more than exercise for people with body composition goals, people need to exercise good restraint when opting for empty calories in foods like refined carbs, sugars, juices, and alcoholic beverages.
We encourage people to eat a clean diet at least 80% of the time. This allows folks to achieve goals and still have space to indulge from time to time.
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