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Health & Fitness Q&A With Andrea

It is wonderful getting so much feedback from people asking all sorts of questions. I always enjoy the opportunity to share experience and knowledge with so many great people. We are all on the same journey; we just sometimes take different paths. So the first question I’m going to address is a question from LH: “One question that I have for you is…although I do have a six pack, I seem to have extra baggage in my lower tummy. I do quite a bit of ab workouts and think that I eat fairly well/healthy. It seems like a never-ending battle. Are there [...]

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Shape Really Does Matter: How body types effect your or your clients training

I remember early in my Kettlebell teaching career, I made the comment in class to “rest your elbow on your hip bone”. A couple of people in the class looked at me funny and then proceeded to slouch down with a flexed spine. I looked at them and realized it was literally impossible for them to touch their elbow to their hipbone without sacrificing their back. I have a relatively short torso in relation to my legs and arm length so it was easy for me to do that while keeping my core and back braced and strong. But someone [...]

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Painful Elbows? Look at Your Technique

I can’t count how many people I run into, that have elbow pain and had to stop or back off their kettlebell or pull-up training. I’m sure you know someone who has developed pain in the elbows after working up to heavier cleans and snatches or just more volume. Perhaps they have just started Convict Conditioning or some other body weight program and then find they have to back off due to elbow issues.  Maybe you have encountered the same problem at some point during your lifting career. Unfortunately, this problem is all too common these days.  Chalk it up [...]

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Dragon Door Interviews Andrea Du Cane, Master RKC

Interview by Adrienne Harvey, RKC II, CK-FMS, Primal Move Nat’l Instructor Dragon Door: How did you get involved with training special populations? Andrea Du Cane: I had just finished a Pilates training when I got involved with kettlebells early in their introduction to the US. After I began teaching, a couple of chiropractors and osteopaths took a class from me. One of them had been working with another instructor who didn’t focus on form or technique. So when he came to me he liked my coaching style and how he felt. We developed a relationship and he ended up sending me [...]

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The Deadlift Row With Andrea Du Cane

I hope you enjoyed my last post and video on the low or pendulum swing. The second exercise I came up with during my knee re-hab was the kettlebell deadlift row. This is an incredible back and lower body exercise that again anyone can do. It follows the deadlift/hinge pattern, the key to a lower body killer workout is to keep the shins as vertical as possible and yet drop your hips down as low as possible. This exercise really targets the mid-back muscles, like the hard to strengthen Rhomboids, as well as lower trap, lats, triceps and biceps. The key [...]

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Give Your “Kettlebell Boomer” Clients the Body of Their Dreams

The Safe, Practical – And Highly Effective – Way to Give Your “Kettlebell Boomer” Clients the Golden Body of Their Dreams Andrea Du Cane, Master RKC There are an estimated 77.3 million “Baby Boomers” in the United States. Ranging from middle age to early retirement. Of this group most are still in the work force and earning good money. Some are beginning to retire with fairly secure incomes. Because of the G.I. Bill and the increased interest in higher education, a record number of this generation attended college and attained college and post-graduate degrees. Recent health studies have shown that in [...]

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How to Work with Special Populations as an RKC

Andrea Du Cane, Senior RKC I like to consider myself a movement coach. Most of my clients come to me wanting to learn more than how to swing a hunk of iron. They are coming to me to regain control of their bodies. I am teaching them to breathe, to feel their bodies, how to move, how to use the right muscles for the job, and hopefully get them out of pain. I am giving them a chance to not only change their bodies, but change their lives. As an RKC instructor, it is very important to be able to identify on [...]

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