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Rise Above’s 7th Anniversary Party and 1-hour Long Cycle Charity Event

Seven years has gone by so fast and it is time to reflect, be thankful and celebrate all over again. Since I first opened Rise Above Performance Training I truly wanted to make a living by, building a family, helping the local community with their fitness and injury prevention needs and give back to greater causes. This year’s party was a culmination of all three of my goals.
With a very hectic schedule, this year seemed to get away from us and we could not find a good date for the anniversary party until we realized that we could combine the party with my favorite charity event; the 1-Hour Kettlebell Long Cycle.

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This October the 1-Hour Kettlebell Long Cycle event is also celebrating its 6th anniversary. If you do not know the history behind the event, Jason Dolby of the Orange Kettlebell Club (OKC) decided six years ago that he wanted to celebrate his birthday in epic fashion by combining three things he loves most in this world: lifting kettlebells, his friends and family and helping out those who need it most.
Over the six years this event has gone from 19 lifters in Southern California at the First Long Cycle Charity event, to over 760 lifters, and 67 satellite locations representing 15 countries.
Jason again teamed up with Kettlebells4Autism (KB4A) and, once again pulled off an even bigger and better event. Over 760 lifters took part worldwide and more than $36,000 was raised for the chosen autism beneficiary, Association for Science in Autism Treatment.

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This year at Rise Above we decided to be one of those satellite locations and then throw our anniversary party afterwards and the response was so well received that this format might be the way Rise Above is going to continually celebrate in the future.
We had 18 lifters; four of whom completed the whole hour solo and the rest were on relay teams of two and three. Not only did everyone make the whole hour, the Rise Above community came up big with their charitable support. Our gym alone raised $2,375 for Kettlebells4Autism (KB4A).
I am truly proud of the Rise Above community for not only supporting the cause financially but also coming in to participate in the kettlebell lifting marathon.

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In a very surprising moment after the event Charles Stone presented Rise Above with two certificates of recognition from the city of Belmont and from the State Assembly of California. It is nice to know that everything I have been building these past seven years has not gone unnoticed and we are truly impacting the community in a positive way. We want to build on that for years to come.

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With that said I could not have done it alone. Special thanks goes out to Jeff of MoveWell for bringing high quality physical therapy to Rise Above and to Debra who is the creative genius behind the design and execution of all of the posters, fliers, monthly newsletters and online work that goes into the business. I also want to thank my family for their continued support and especially to my sister for helping me with the articles, the blog and other publications. A very special thanks goes out to the entire Rise Above community who supports the gym and finds pleasure in fitness with us.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who subscribe to the email list. I greatly appreciate you reading my articles and watching my videos. I do my best to provide you with the best strength and conditioning insights. I would not have lasted seven years without the support of my subscribers. I hope to have all of you come by the gym to visit, workout or compete at the next anniversary party and lift some kettlebells for charity with us.

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For more pictures of this great event check out the album on The Facebook Page.

Saturday, October 31st, 2015 Articles No Comments

Fifth Annual One-Hour Long Cycle Charity Event

It’s been five years since the One-Hour Long Cycle Charity Event has been taking place and I am proud to have been a participant all four years running and to see this event grow each year.

If you do not know the history behind the event, Jason Dolby of the Orange Kettlebell Club (OKC) decided five years ago that he wanted to celebrate his birthday in epic fashion by combining three things he loves most in this world: lifting kettlebells, his friends and family and helping out those who need it most.

Over the five years this event has gone from 19 lifters in Southern California at the First Long Cycle Charity event, to over 200 lifters, and 30 satellite locations in 2013.

This year Jason teamed up with Kettlebells4Autism (KB4A) and, once again pulled off an even bigger and better event. This years’ event included participants from 15 countries and 71 satellite locations. Over 760 lifters took part worldwide and more than $36,000 was raised for the chosen autism beneficiary, Association for Science in Autism Treatment.

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Each year this event brings people together for all the right reason; our common love for fitness, charities that need support from willing and able donators and a family-like atmosphere. With these ingredients I should not be surprised by how much this event grows each year with people’s desire to be a part of it. I am also impressed by the unique bit of magic that the event produces each year whether it is the accomplishment of an individual goal or the bonding between athletes and their teams.

When I get lost in the hour of long cycle I think about all the different participants from all over the world that are gathered at the same time (some at 3am), all commonly lifting to bring awareness to the charity but also lifting for own individual goals and concurring a challenge.

Some lift to see if they can get through it, like I did in my first year. Some lift to do something no other human being has done before by breaking a record, like Jason Dolby did last year by pulling off one of the biggest strength feats I have ever witnessed by doing the whole hour with two 24kg (53lbs.) kettlebells for 154 reps. Some just want to be a part of something bigger than themselves.

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Going into the fifth year I knew I could finish the hour long lifting solo having done it for four years in a row. With the satellite location being so close to the gym, my goal this year was to get a few Rise Above members, going beyond their generous donations, to participating in the event itself.

My goal was realized and we had three other lifters along with myself completed the hour and shared in the wonderful experience. Big congratulations to Debra and Lee for being the dynamic duo and completing the hour with the 16kg kettlebell switching every two minutes.

Also congrats to Carolyn for going solo with the 8kg kettlebell, she did so well that I can see her with the 12kg next year.

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One again I feel blessed to have members from the gym participate with me and get to experience this event. I am also very proud of the support we received from Rise Above Performance Training members and their generous donations. You all came through and helped raise over twelve hundred dollars to help support KB4A; I want to thank you all for your support and generosity towards this cause.

I am thankful there are people out there like Jason Dolby to use their gifts to help inspire and heal others. I am also thankful there are people like you, the Rise Above Performance Training members who didn’t hesitate to help out and support.

I cannot wait until next year to participate in the event again and I hope you all are inspired to participate as well.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014 Articles, Kettlebell Training No Comments

Sixth Anniversary Party Recap

I find it hard to believe it has been six years since I first opened Rise Above Performance Training and last month we held our famous anniversary party. The party is not only a time for celebration but a time for me to show my gratitude to our clients, family and all the people who support what I do.
This past year was a huge milestone for the business because it also celebrates being in the new space for one year. This new space might simply seem like an upgrade for clients with new paint and more room to move around, but for me it is much more.

 

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This is a sign of progress. I have always taken a conservative approach to business with my motto being never to make any huge financial mistakes. I realize mistakes will be made, I am myself after all, however I realized that I could not move until the time was right and financially feasible and this past year the time was right.
With this progress I am constantly moving more towards my goal of having a place to treat all adults and athletes who are looking for the best in training now with recovery options. Along with adding Stretch Therapy I was finally able to incorporate a physical therapy component to the gym by adding Jeff from MoveWell Physical Therapy and things could not be going any better. We are able to reach out and help more people with their physical needs and that is the whole goal for the business and who I want to be as a trainer.

The Anniversary Party is a celebration of these improvements and this year was another huge success. We started like we always do with the Strongman Competition where two teams of three participants competed in three different events to try and become the 2014 Champions.

The Strongman Competition consisted of three events. The first was a five-minute single kettlebell push press competition where the participants tried to get as many repetitions as they could in five minutes and they could only switch hands one time. The weights were as follows: men 24kg, women 12 or 16kg depending on their strength level. Overall everyone did great and we had one exceptional lifter, Ivette, complete 112 repetitions with the 12kg. With her marks, she advances to the 16kg kettlebells next year for sure!

The second event was a timed relay consisting of tire sledgehammer slams, sled pushes and kettlebell farmer walks. One competitor had to complete 10 repetitions of sledgehammer slams, on one side of the tire then quickly push the sled 50 feet (weight 150lbs men low handles and women high handles) back and forth, hit the tire 10 times on the other side then walk 50 yards with two kettlebells in the low position (men 36kg, women 24kg). When one of the team members finished the next one went until all of them completed for their total time.

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The final event was a team medley where one person performed their best two events. Events included 10 pull-ups (men bodyweight, women with a band), two kettlebell get ups on each side (men 24kg, women 12kg), ten kettlebell snatches on each side (men 24kg, women 12kg), medicine ball overhead slams, (men 50lbs, women 25lbs), sandbag walking lunges (men 70lbs, women 50lbs.) tire flip 50 feet.

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I’d like to congratulate all of the teams and each of the participants for making it a memorable event. Congratulations to Drew, Ivette and Lee for winning this year’s event.
I am truly amazed and thankful for another great year of Rise Above Performance Training and I owe it all to the members and to the people who help me out behind the scenes. Special thanks goes out to Jeff of MoveWell for coming on board this year to bring high quality physical therapy to Rise Above and to Debra who is the creative genius behind the design and execution of all of the posters, fliers, monthly newsletters and online work that goes into the business. I also want to thank my family for their continued support and especially to my sister for helping me with the articles for the blog and other publications.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who subscribe to the email list. I greatly appreciate you reading my articles and watching my videos. I do my best to provide you with the best strength and conditioning insights. I would not have lasted four years without the support of my subscribers. I hope to have all of you come by the gym to visit, lift or compete at the next anniversary party.

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Sunday, October 19th, 2014 Articles No Comments
 

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