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News & Events – December 16, 2014

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A correction to the last news & events blog… The North Beach Kettlebell post-holiday Open House will be on Saturday, January 10th from 5pm to 7pm. I must’ve been looking at the wrong year when planning the party. =)   Maintenance and Mobility Continues We’re continuing with December’s theme and it’s LUNGE-A-PALOOZA week! Come to class and get your lunge on! Your hips, glutes, inner thighs, and abs will thank you for it!   Last Couple Days for the Giving Tree And we only have a couple of tags left on the tree! You all have been awesome and your generosity…

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News & Events – December 9, 2014

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Thank you to all who have brought in shoes for our Giving Tree. For those of you who’d like to participate, you still have time! Please grab a tag from the tree, shop for, and bring in the new athletic shoes by December 19th. Another cool way to get your family involved is to ask your kids to come shopping with you. One of our fellow kettlebellers, Angela did this and I wanted to share it with all of you. Instead of you going and buying the shoes yourself, bring your kids and let them pick out shoes, in their size,…

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News & Events – December 4, 2014

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  Thank you to everyone who participated in the MOVEmber Swing Challenge! Together, we raised $460 for the Boys & Girls Club and completed 44,309 swings as a group! Way to go NBKBers!!!   Onward and Upward! MOVEmber was a huge success and now we’re moving on to a big December. No challenges, just a focus on maintaining the strength you built during STRENGTHember and endurance you built doing MOVEmber, plus a little focus on MOBILITY to keep you active through the stressful holiday season. Come to class and keep moving this December!   North Beach Kettlebell Giving Tree We’ve also got…

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North Beach Kettlebell Giving Tree for FAM

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Help us spread a little Christmas Cheer… At NBKB we have a “No Shoes Required” policy! But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring shoes to the studio! NBKB is partnering with Family Assistance Ministries and Our Saviors Lutheran School to provide NEW TENNIS SHOES for children within our community! Here is how you can help: Visit the Giving Tree located at NBKB between now and December 19th. Choose a gift tag(s) for either boy or girl. (Shoe Size provided) Place the sticker gift tag on the unwrapped shoebox and return it to NBKB by December 19th.   If you have any questions,…

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup

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It’s That Time of Year again… It’s getting cold and it’s time to cozy in on the couch (after you’ve swung your kettlebell for the day, of course) and have some nice hot soup! Easy Butternut Squash Soup 2 bags Trader Joe’s Pre-cubed Butternut Squash 4 cups Chicken or Vegetable Stock 1/2 Cup of 1/2 and 1/2 or Heavy Cream 1 tbsp. Butter Salt, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon to taste In a stockpot combine 2 bags of Trader Joe’s pre-cubed Butternut Squash with enough chicken or vegetable stock to completely cover the squash. I used 3 cups chicken stock 1 cup water….

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Gabby’s Vacation Training

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As I work on a few recipes that are inspired by my trip to Hanalei Bay, Kauai, I thought I’d share one of the workouts I did while away. I was fortunate to have many activities at my fingertips and took full advantage of the warm water and breathtaking scenary in which to hike, surf, snorkel and play! My gracious host also just happens to have a kettlebell on hand and I brought along my TRX. Island food is plentiful, as were the Mai Tais, and I had my fair share. So, with that in mind I grabbed the Trx,…

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Why We Swing

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Oh, the swing… If you’ve been to my classes, you know I love the kettlebell swing. You sweat, you feel strong, you throw heavy weight around. What’s not to love? Still, you may be asking what’s so spectacular about the swing. The swing is an efficient movement for burning fat, strengthening your back, and tightening your abs. If you can get all of that done with one movement, why would you do anything else? When it’s done correctly, the swing is one of the most efficient full-body exercises there is. I like to use words of wisdom from people smarter…

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3-Part Back Health Series – Part 3

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You’ve stretched your hip flexors in Part 1, you got your glutes firing in Part 2, now let’s activate those “Dear Abby’s”. A lot of people think “sucking in” is activating their abs. It’s actually quite the opposite. Sucking in deactivates most of the muscles in the trunk and makes your body an hour-glass shape and if you think about it, an hour-glass is not very strong in the middle. What you want to do instead, is make your body a column. Columns are strong and supportive and when you practice the exercise below, you will feel the strength and…

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

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What happens when we get a much needed rainy day in sunny SoCal? I pull out the crockpot and make a pot of soup. Here is the recipe for one of my favorite comfort soups. 1 lb of dried green split peas Olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 2 organic celery stalks, chopped 2 organic carrots, peeled and chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 5-6 slices of cooked bacon 6 cups of water 2 teaspoons of fresh thyme, minced 2 teaspoons fresh sage, minced salt pepper In a large skillet, heat about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over a medium-high heat….

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