On Saturday, Feb. 6th Boot Camp Fitness and Training played host to the first HKC in Florida. For those of you who don’t know, HKC stands for Hard Style Challenge (certification). This is an entry level Russian Kettlebell Certification focusing on 3 basic Kettlebell exercises; the squat, the Swing and the Get Up.
Doug Nepadol, Senior Instructor came from CA. to conduct our certification. Assisting me was my son, Ryan who is an RKC from Orlando. In attendance was John Fox from MS, Tristan Phillips from NY, my husband, Rick, my sister, Janine Thomas, Mark Liles and Rodney Gallon from Success Athletic Training and Greg Hawthorne from FSU’s Athletic Dept. Last but not least; two of my awesome clients, Nick Mack and Mike Munroe.
The day started with the required pull ups for men and flex arm hang for women. Everyone passed with flying colors. The next 8 hours were spent learning, practicing, perfecting and learning to teach others how to do the 3 basic moves. Each attendee was then tested on their ability to perform the Swing, Squat and Get Up. I am proud to say that everyone passed.
What sets certifications from www.DragonDoor.com apart from the rest of the fitness industry is that there is a standard and there are expectations. I’ve been to many “certifications” in which I was awarded a certification just for attending. There was no testing. Certifications were given just by showing up. You will not find that with Dragon Door’s HKC or RKC. The failure rate for both is around 30%. Many of those who fail; fail to train.
You don’t just get a Russian Kettlebell Certification from Dragon Door; you earn it and it’s hard work.
With that being said, I am very proud of my family members who received their certifications but I am especially proud of my clients, Nick and Mike. They worked hard and they earned that certification.
Out of our 9 attendees, almost half will go on to train and earn their RKC in the coming year.
In October of this year, Dragon Door will hold it’s very first RKC certification in Orlando, FL http://www.dragondoor.com/wpkb53.html . Even though the cert is 8 months away, my newly minted HKCs have already begun their training.