Kettlebell Sport for Tween Girls

Rylee Reeves picked up her first kettlebell when she was only eight years old. She developed a precarious fascination with the Russian exercise tool while watching her parents train with it at the gym. With some encouragement from her parents and fellow gym members, Rylee began training with the Ice Chamber Kettlebell Girls. Within several […]

Defining Your Own Prenatal Success

There is no shortage of prenatal exercise advice out there these days.  Opinions can range from walking to yoga, while some physicians prefer that you do absolutely nothing but rest.  Searching online only provides more proof that there is no consensus on the subject matter, especially for fit women.  So what is the proper exercise […]

Don’t Fear Strong

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS | While most women know that we need to build strength for long term health, many of us still fear the “perceived” consequences of being strong. Based on my experience there is still a misconception that lifting weights will work against our weight loss efforts and eventually lead to bulky boyish bodies…

Kettlebell Tutorial: One Arm Push Press

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS | The one arm push press is a foundational movement of kettlebell lifting. Aside from being a building block of good function and athletic mobility, the one arm push press has many attributes that can benefit women of all ages…

Retail Therapy Redefined

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS | In need of some inspiration to spearhead your fitness goal for the New Year? Check out how Karen King went on a simple online shopping trip that turned into a life changing decision to get healthy from the inside out. May her incredible story serve as a catalyst for anyone in search of some motivation to spring into action in 2010…

How Kettlebells Lift My Life

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS
One of the greatest things about my involvement in Kettlebell Sport over the past two years has been the opportunity to travel across the US and abroad to attend various meets and competitions. Even though the commitment to travel has been challenging as a mother, I wouldn’t want it any other way. Leaving home is not only an essential part of being a competitor in this sport, but also an important catalyst for cultivating time for my own interests and sense of well being. I think many mothers have a challenging time prioritizing their own needs, and I’m certainly no exception…

Kettlebell Tutorial: One Arm Swing

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS
Interested in learning to lift kettlebells? It’s vital that you first learn some of the technical aspects of kettlebell lifting in order to safely begin your program. In this exclusive instructional series for Athleta Chi, the first foundational movement we’ll cover is the one-handed Kettlebell Swing…

Kettlebells in Greece

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS
The morning of March 13, 2009 was like a scene out of an Elizabeth Gilbert novel — all the right ingredients for a perfect departure: no traffic on the Bay Bridge, printed boarding passes, and my son reaching out for mama’s big hug at curbside drop-off. Nonetheless, I couldn’t help but wonder (and worry) if I would be the only girl attending an intensive WKC International Kettlebell Sport Camp in Greece…

Fresh Start

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS
I keep this post-it on my cork board as a reminder of how far I have come. The 30% refers to my body fat seven months after my son was born. In the spirit of the new year and renewing our healthy lifestyle, let’s talk about how some (not all) of us relate to food…

A Coach’s Gold Medal?

by Mayachela (Maya) Garcia, CSCS
One of the most challenging aspects of my training for kettlebell sport has been wearing multiple hats as both competitor and coach. At our recent meet in Colorado, I had a hard time balancing it all. We stepped into the professional biathlon division for the first time as a team. On the surface, everything looked great…