“ Beep Beep beep…Beeb beep beep…!” is the sound that awakened me from my deep slumber, dragging me into a state of consciousness. For a second, I had hoped that the sound I was hearing came from my dream. Realising that it was not a moment from the movie, Inception. My conscious self momentarily begged my body not to be alerted by that.
I then rolled over to reach out for my electronic device, knowing that I had two decisions in that instant:
1…Was to press the snooze button and slowly allow myself to drift back into dreamland.
2…To go against every single command that my body is conveying to me by making the decision to get up.
While these thoughts crossed my mind, I held my cell phone up in my hand, looking at it squint-eyed to see the time change from 4:00 to 4:01.
I then got up to switch the kettle on, knowing that it was the lightest one that I was going to lift for the day while I got ready for my first session at Flux Fluid Motion in Hillcrest.
For Colin Harris, trainer and co-owner of Flux Fluid Motion, getting up at 4:00AM is a regular occurrence of his daily schedule, as his specialised kettle bell classes begin as early as 5:00AM.
Kettlebells in Full Swing
Due to some difficulties checking-out of my hotel at 4 in the morning, I had arrived a bit late for the first session at Flux. As I walked in, the kettle bells were in full swing, while the fast-paced music kept every participant’s motivation high, which was evident at how they tackled the training regimen with such intensity. This excited me, as I knew that I was going to be challenged.
While I observed the class that was in session, Colin filled me in on how the Flux Fluid Motion gyms operate. Although, to date, more and more gyms have in-house physiotherapists, chiropractors and biokineticists, the kettlebell specialists not only differentiates themselves by focussing on working out with the oddly shaped free-weight, but also with how they utilise the Flux medical staff.
When one signs up with the Flux gym, the Flux staff takes one through a couple assessments.
Above: Colin Harris gives a client some personal attention.
However, before one makes the decision to become a Flux Fluid Motion member, one is given the opportunity to experience a session at no cost. This is what they call the F.I.T session, which stands for the Flux Induction Training.
Each participant also works out with a heart-rate monitor of which the behaviour of the client’s heart is recorded into database after each session. The readings of the participant’s heart-rate monitor are also displayed on a screen, which enables each participant and the trainer to properly manage each session. This ensures that every client is safely maximising his or her session to their full potential.
One can imagine what a spectacle it is, witnessing a highly energized class in session, with everyone checking out their heart-rate on screen while swinging their bells in unison.
No Tea Party with these Kettles
So, I got to observe the first session and Colin gave me a good idea of what Flux is all about. I was ready to destroy whatever Colin had planned for me, even though I had some minor cold symptoms.
When Colin explained what I had to do while pointing out what he had written on the board, I felt that I would be mildly challenged by the workout, as it mainly consisted of calisthenics movements.
So with that being in my comfort zone, I was feeling pretty good, even with the slight sniffles and a scratchy throat. After about 3 sets, I felt that I would come out unscathed and slightly disappointed, due to the seemingly oversold regimen due to the hype that was created by regular Flux gym goers.
Perhaps my mind spoke too soon, as my body was starting to take its toll towards the end of the warm-up. Visions of me rolling out of bed occupied my mind as I realised that I may be getting a lot more than what I bargained for.
While I caught my breath preparing for the session to commence, my muscles knew that what was to follow the kettle bells, was anything but a tea party, as I was about to go through GPP (General Physical Preparation) and SPP (Specialised Physical Preparation) of heart-rate training.
Following that was some kettlebell sport practice and if that was not enough to humble me, Colin threw in some endurance training. What makes this mode of training unique, is that it enables one to improve on strength while one is rehabilitating oneself through injury. This is the exact reason why Colin fell in love with the sport, as he started lifting kettlebells after he needed to rehabilitate a back injury, which he suffered doing martial arts.
I can certainly say that a sense of disappointment was not felt, but rather the soreness of my muscles. Despite being out of my comfort zone, it was the best fun filled workout that I had for a long time.
Give that Man a Bell
Even though kettlebells were developed in the 18th century for weighing crops, farmers (and circus performers) utilised them to display their strength. The sport surrounding these weights date back as far as the 1940s, however it is only of late (thanks to Flux Fluid Motion) that kettlebell sport is coming to the fore on the African continent and therefore South Africa.
Colin was part of the first South African team to have ever participated at the Kettlebell Sport World Championships (IKFF organisation) last year. Later this year the competition will take place in Kazakhstan, in which Xolani Ndimande, another Flux member, will be representing South Africa.
What makes his participation so special is that he will be the first black participant to compete at a World Championship in kettlebell sport.
The S#*T and Bells
Due to the challenging and strenuous nature of kettlebell sport, you would easily understand why CrampNOT would be immensely beneficial, especially for someone like me, who has not been conditioned to train the way I did through the F.I.T session.
Although I did not cramp, kettlebell training stimulates muscles I did not know I had. So that sense of muscle fatigue that I experienced halfway through my session, had me screaming for my dose of the neuromuscular S#*T!
Even a shot after my session would not have been so bad, as CrampNOT helps with that stiffness, due to its neurological function.
Come round to FLUX MOTION in Hillcrest to visit Colin and his gang, so that you can experience the benefits of kettlebell training and so that you can grab your dose of the S#*T !
CrampNOT is available at Flux Motion Hillcrest, leading sports stores and pharmacies and on http://www.e-pharma.co.za