Category Archives: Kettlebell Zen

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!

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

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.