Monday, May 18, 2009

Lone Star Kettlebell

Being a native Texan and having a newish business in Texas, I thought it fitting to let some of you know the meaning behind the name of my business, "Lone Star Kettlebell."

The Lone Star has always been a prominent feature upon the Texas flag. From its ties to Mexico to its independence and to its eventual statehood, the single star on the banner has proved to be a steadfast fixture in the hearts and minds of Texans, giving it the nickname, "Lone Star State."

The Lone Star itself stands for 5 characteristics, represented by each point on the star, that each Texan should strive to achieve and live by:

Courage - Moral Courage, Mental Courage, and Physical Courage
Righteousness and Moral Integrity

The Lone Star also stands for, in my own mind, a certain rogue or maverick mindset (probably going back to the early pioneer days) that comes with the training territory I've embarked upon. It always seems, as RKC's or "kettlebellers" or power lifters or just plain strength enthusiasts, we are on the outer rim of the "fitness" world. Don't get me wrong though...I like it out here! I'd rather be out here, because this is where the results happen, where new ground is broken and where iron sharpens iron.

These are characteristics I strive for in the small business that I'm a part of. The last part of the name, "Kettlebell," purely represents my training philosophy. The kettlebell has arrived on my doorstep as one of the most useful training tools to ever grace the training room floor. The Hard Style philosophy of kettlebell training, championed by Pavel and the elite group within the RKC community, encompasses much of the way I teach my clients and train myself which has become a huge part of my life and an awesome part at that!

So, there's a little Texas trivia and personal business history for ya!


Terence Mitchell said...

Hi J

how are you??

You and I are pretty even pound for pound, how about a friendly race to a 600lb DL?? I pulled a 555lbs beltless last week and feel like a bit of friendly competition and motivation!!


Jason Marshall said...

Nice pull!

That sounds like a deal, Mitch! I've been close for several years, but haven't really made a consistent effort, but you've got me motivated now!

What are you weighing?

Terence Mitchell said...

Okay great!

As I type im weighing 94kgs.. im sacrificing a few other goals to get a 600lb pull...

I really believe the diff between a 550 and 600 pull is the set up and mental attitude!

I look forward to sharing DL notes with you... BTW i pull conventional but have respect for the sumo...


Jason Marshall said...

I totally agree with the mentality. I had my DL day yesterday and really crapped it out. I was out of it mentally, a little broken down and have had some sinus issues to boot. I pulled 530 last week for a triple and couldn't budge 555 this week. Prepping the mind is huge for me!

I've pulled conventional for the last two years, but have switched to sumo for the upcoming PL meet I've entered. Honestly, both pulling styles are about equal for me right now.

Good luck on the training and I look forward to hearing from you!