• Best to Bust a Move!

    • #1 on Forbes 'Healthiest Cities' List - Minneapolis

      #1 on Forbes ‘Healthiest Cities’ List – Minneapolis

      If there is one thing that I’ve quickly come to learn, it’s that Kettlebell Zen folks are always on the move..and that ‘s a great thing! People have traveled to Mexico, Paraguay, Thailand, Taiwan, England, Madagascar and assorted stops throughout the United States. Well now, it’s my turn! Next weekend I get to spend a whopping three days in the fine cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Twin Cities!

      Lucky for me, not only will I get to partake in a Foley wedding, but I’ll also get to hang-out AND celebrate my grandmother’s 96th birthday! 1918..are you kidding me! Speaking of longevity, I’ve got memories of all four of my great-grandmothers. They all lived into their 90’s.

      I’ll also get the opportunity to meet folks with my community of strength and movement. As a StrongFirst Instructor, I’ve got access to some of the top trainers in the world!

      On Friday, I get to meet with StrongFirst Instructor Jen Kalmes. She recently completed the Progressive Calisthenics Instructor certification with the amazing Kavadlo Brothers.

      Later on that evening, I’ll be meeting with Sarah Miller of Spirit Fire Fitness and Micheal Rendle of NE Kettlebells. Micheal is a Senior Team Leader within StrongFirst and a National Coach at Primal Move.

      Lastly, I get to see StrongFirst, Level II Leslie Branham in St. Paul on Sunday morning. We will be tackling a 175 step staircase (multiple times) in a very scenic part of the city.

      My mission is to keep on learning from the best and delivering it to you! In the meantime, take advantage of this great weather and my personal favorite time of the year…MAY!

      Best to Bust a Move! was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • Poznaya Sebya – Know Yourself

    • Skyline Wilderness Park - Napa, CA

      Skyline Wilderness Park – Napa, CA


      I don’t get the opportunity to escape the noisy urban life as much as I’d like. So when an opportunity arose to go to Skyline Wilderness Park near Napa, I jumped! A fairly steep 9 mile loop trail that led us up to the “peak,” of Sugarloaf Mountain (1630ft). We were able to  see the Golden Gate Bridge and Sutro Tower. There was also a string of Tibetan prayer flags strung across the limb of an Oak. An auspicious start to my second year with KBZen.

      I look forward to more days like this. Situations where real conversations and interactions can flow unencumbered by electronic devices. Places that allow me the opportunity to clear my mind and connect with a deeper sense of self. Natural settings that inspire awe & possibilities. That’s the thing that will bring me peace of mind.

      It was also a chance to learn! My dear friend and mentor, Cecilia Tom, is about to embark on the Master Trainer’s program with Z-health. She has a wealth of information on helping people get out of pain and move better. I’m like a sponge around her and I’m grateful that she is such a giving person!

      “Z-Health is a way to elicit maximal gains in athletic performance in minimal time by targeting the nervous system. Why the nervous system? It is what actually CONTROLS movements. Muscles are dumb and only do what they are told to do by the brain and nervous system.”

      Meredith got a heavy dose of Z-drills today and we seemed to get a little break-through with her hip hinge and swing. We employed ankle tilts, toe pulls, pelvic tilts, vision drills, camshafts, hip & lumbar circles. It’s all connected, so we will continue to assess and reassess using these drills!

      Poznaya Sebya – Know Yourself was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • Bulldog Get-up!

    • Taming the Bulldog (40kg)

      Taming the Bulldog (40kg)

      Bulldog Get-up! was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • Ohhhh (COLD) Snap!

    • What does your gym look like?

      What does your gym look like?

      Weather karma’s going to get you. They say living in California too long and you will grow soft. I combat this softness, by not letting the temperature deter me. I channel my inner Midwesterner, layer on the clothing, and start throwing iron around. Just this morning at the Foley Dojo, the temps were at 26 degrees. The Bulldog was downright frigid, but he was the key to allow me to generate heat almost instantly after two minutes with him.  It’s really not that often that we get to experience such weather..so revel in it!

      Ohhhh (COLD) Snap! was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • 15 Strong

    • 15 Strong for Hindu Squats in the Rose Garden on NYE 2013

      15 Strong for Hindu Squats in the Rose Garden on NYE 2013

      15 Strong was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • Biggie Gun Show

    • Armor Building...for life!

      Armor Building…for life!

      “3 months training 3x a week with Thomas Patrick Foley @ KettlebellZen and now I can deadlift 175#s and do an unassisted chin-up. Oh and now I have these guns. ”

      Cindy Liu (aka Biggie Brawls)

      Biggie Gun Show was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • A November to Remember

    • Lift heavy things up, put them over your head...rinse, lather, repeat!

      Lift heavy things up, put them over your head…rinse, lather, repeat!

      I’ve lived in California since 1994. I can’t remember a November where it hit a high of 70 degrees with regularity. We are certainly spoiled and need to revel in it while we can! December 1 was more of the same..downright beautiful!

      I also enjoy the cool of the morning. It is also my time for self reflection/meditation and strength training. The mental toughness to arise from your super cozy bed can be significant. Luckily, my early risings are automatic and that’s the way I like it. (thank you Grandpa Foley & Grandpa Gregor). Seizing the day like this builds momentum, jump-starts your metabolism and just makes you simply more productive as a human being. The added bonus..you’ll be better prepared to fend off the parries and blows (literally and figuratively) that come at you each day. Jumping into to the chilly temps, when a warm bed is calling your name, takes initiative. You need to get to sleep by 9 or 10pm. It’s worth it (for me). What I am finding out though, is that when temperatures hit the 40’s, or even 30’s, we begin to accelerate and grow even more. The chills we temporarily had are eliminated (ironically enough) by cold iron bells. Your layers will soon be shed, so join us! Weds. & Friday, 6am @ Beach Field

      A November to Remember was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas

  • Building Social Currency, one swing at a time!

    • Joaquin Miller Park Swingin'

      Joaquin Miller Park Swingin’

      I’m not sure where this kettlebell train is going, but I like how far we have come. Such good souls that I have met over the last nine months. Some of you have even been with me for over 18 months! I have to kick myself sometimes because I’m actually getting the opportunity to do what I really love. Isn’t that what life’s all about? I always heard that phrase, “do what you love, help people, and the rest will take care of itself.” I’m a believer!

      I’ve gotten to know so many incredible and diverse sets of people. Pastors, derby girls, architects, marketing mavens, attorneys, artists, small business owners, psychologists, healthcare providers and government employees. All brought together under the KettlebellZen Umbrella. We share information and encourage each other. Best of all, I get super-inspired by your enthusiasm, and the inevitable PR (personal record) that happens for virtually everyone when we meet.

      Building Social Currency, one swing at a time! was last modified: July 29th, 2014 by Thomas