StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge

On 28th October 2017 Unique Results will be one of 120 locations worldwide hosting the Strongfirst Tactical Strength Challenge (or TSC).

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We will be encouraging a number of our own members to register as well as welcoming others from surrounding areas who can sign up to complete the challenge at our venue. The event will take place from 2pm onwards when the studio will be finished with our regular classes and sessions. Afterwards, we are planning on a couple of drinks and some food in a local pub/restaurant TBC.

Registration is $30 and includes a FREE TSC T-shirt when registering before 15th August.

The Tactical Strength Challenge (TSC) is a strength challenge consisting of three events: a three-attempt powerlifting deadlift (for a 1RM), one set of pull-ups for max reps (or a flexed arm hang for certain categories), and kettlebell snatches for max reps in a 5:00 time period (weights vary depending on category entered). Continue reading “StrongFirst Tactical Strength Challenge”

The UR 10,000 Swing Challenge.

Some of our regular Kettlebell class attendees have heard me talk for a while about the 10,000 Swing Challenge. The 10k Challenge (to save me keep typing the whole thing) was originally designed, tested and written about by Dan John in his book ‘Never Let Go’ and in a T-Nation blog of the same name.

This post is specifically about the challenge and how we will implement it at Unique Results for our members. This is something that will require some individual training time and will not be possible to complete solely in our set class timetable. This will therefore demand a degree of commitment and should not be approached lightly. It is however something that I believe the majority of our regular class members would be capable of achieving (but it would most certainly be a challenge – hence the name).

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Below, I have lifted certain sections from the original blog and also clearly stated where I would modify the structure to be most appropriate for our clientele as I know your abilities, level of conditioning and strength and also what is most ‘reasonable’ for you. The modifications I will make are also what I will be following as I will doing this challenge alongside you as well. Continue reading “The UR 10,000 Swing Challenge.”

Failure, Experience & Progression. A Lesson Learnt.

This weeks blog is written by Mark Laybourn, Pilates teacher, Sports massage therapist and member of the Unique Results training team.

I thought I’d pen some words about a recent, and probably by now, well known experience.

As you may know, I was fortunate enough to be placed on a recent Kettlebell Certification Course held here at Unique Results. A course taught by Mark & Tracy Reifkind from the USA. Both extremely knowledgable, professional and passionate about Kettlebell training.
Now, the outcome sadly didn’t go quite according to plan. I won’t bore you with the details as many of you already know them.

As I walked out of the course (and I’ll be brutally honest, I did exactly that. I walked out) my immediate reaction was “I’ve failed in a big way”, “I’ve let people down who put their trust in me” I didn’t want to be there, it wasn’t going well and all I could think of was watching my son play football. I spent the remainder of the weekend doing just that, be it right or wrong. Continue reading “Failure, Experience & Progression. A Lesson Learnt.”

Love what you do and appearance will follow.

“It is the pervading law of all things organic and inorganic,                                                      

Of all things physical and metaphysical,                                                                                               

Of all things human and all things super-human,                                                                            

Of all true manifestations of the head,                                                                                                  

Of the heart, of the soul,                                                                                                                        

That the life is recognizable in its expression,                                                                                

That form ever follows function.                                                                                                          

This is the law.”

Author, Louis Sullivan – Great American Architect.

How we look, or how we perceive ourselves to look is aesthetic in nature. Aesthetics is:

“the study of sensory or sensory-emotional values, sometimes called judgments of sentiment and taste.” (Wikipedia, 2009)

Which is to say – it’s subjective. Everyone has different judgments on human appearance, and finding the ideal of human physical beauty is a job best left to artists, not trainers. Each person who embarks on physical training (as opposed to sport training) may have a certain goal or ‘image’ they are striving for initially, that may change over time. Continue reading “Love what you do and appearance will follow.”

A Weekend at the SFG2 with Dan John.

Nancy Searle performing double military press.
Nancy Searle performing double military press.

Many of the regular Unique Results members have asked me over recent months why I seemed to be training so regularly with the kettlebells with my training partner (and UR member) Guillaume Justier (also known as the Parisian Bull 🙂 )

Guillaume Justier (the Parisian Bull) at the top of a 32kg TGU.
Guillaume Justier (the Parisian Bull) at the top of a 32kg TGU.

The answer is that we were both preparing for the very challenging StrongFirst Girya Level 2 (SFG2) Kettlebell Instructor Certification which took place over the weekend (8-10th May 2015) at Unique Results. We had both taken and passed the Level 1 in May 2014 and had set ourselves the very daunting task of doing the more advanced certification.

To pass the Level 2 we would need to pass all of the Level 1 ‘Standards’ again along with a new set of Level 2 Strength and Technical tests. Continue reading “A Weekend at the SFG2 with Dan John.”

Why train with Kettlebells?

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We all want to look our best, feel our best and be fit and healthy.

What if I told you there was an exercise modality that was so efficient that you could reap faster gains in less time than more traditional methods? I would then tell you that you would no longer need to spend time doing separate strength and cardio sessions because it could all be encompassed in one workout.

Sound good? It gets better! Next I would tell you that you could improve your balance, power, coordination and flexibility while building amazing core strength, blasting fat and seeing beautiful muscle tone. Would you be interested? Well, this fitness tool does exist. It is called a Kettlebell! Continue reading “Why train with Kettlebells?”