We are very excited to feature Rebekah’s story, including her amazing experience with Kettlebell Kickboxing, her KBIA certification experience and her journey to start her own class and open a studio teaching the KB method in Kansas…
To learn more about our certifications check out the KBIA Kettlebell Kickboxing ‘Teach It’ page here
When I was growing up I was a ballet dancer, and pretty serious about it. I frequently took three or more classes a day, and sometime even threw in some gymnastics too, so I was in pretty good shape without ever having to think about it. I also lived in the woods above a lake, so I lived a pretty active lifestyle: hiking, canoeing, biking, etc. I didn’t know a thing about exercise beyond ballet, because there wasn’t much of a need.
And then, I went to college. My lack of knowledge about nutrition, combined with the fact that I gave up dancing to do theater instead, meant a pretty dramatic weight gain over the four years. I looked at pictures of freshman year, compared them pictures taken my senior year, and wondered what on earth had happened.
After grad school I moved to New York City with my sister, where we fed off each other as we both gradually discovered what kind of fitness we loved. I became a ballet barre teacher while she got Pilates certified, and we shared with each other what we learned. After various classes around the city and various workout dvd’s, we ended up taking a Kettlebell Kickboxing class, and became addicted. It was a fun and effective workout, and I quickly gained a lot of strength and mobility. After about a year of ‘KB’ Kettlebell Kickboxing, I realized one day that I felt as good as I had when I was dancing as a teenager. Suddenly I could move gracefully again and was even stronger than I had been! So, when Dasha gave me the opportunity to train to become a teacher, I was immediately thrilled! I originally asked her do do the certification, and after we discussed my goals I was glad to be signed up for the KBIA course with her in her NYC studio. The KBIA certification was incredible, it was an introduction to kettlebell biomechanics and technique, I learned so much about teaching both class, small group and private lesson structure. The second part of the KBIA was all about the trademark system of KB moves, series of techniques, the effective time intervals and variations – it was so much incredible information. The training and KBIA certification and education course most definitely evolved my fitness thinking and enhanced my teaching.
Teaching in the flagship studio in NYC was a wonderful experience. I got to watch my own students transform and gain strength right in front of me! Having recently moved back to Kansas City, I’m so delighted for the chance to start a Kettlebell Kickboxing program here! I truly think this program is life changing and I’m so excited to spread it into the Midwest!