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What is the SKOGG Kettlebell Method?

The SKOGG Kettlebell Method is our kettlebell program. It combines conditioning, strength training and power development in a clean, easy to follow package. This includes the use of kettlebells, body weight and other functional training equipment.

This Method is used everyday at the SKOGG Kettlebell Gym and on Virtual SKOGG by thousands of members around the world.

What is the SKOGG Kettlebell System?

The SKOGG Kettlebell System is a five DVD set designed to teach proper form and technique to anyone who is learning kettlebell for the first time. Get the DVD Set >

Holiday eating

Well it’s that time of year again and it means it’s time to break out the stretchy pants as we ramp up for the 6 week eating season that we all face.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again…don’t beat yourself up for falling off the diet wagon. There are 52 weeks in a year and as long as you get back on the wagon in January you will have 46 good weeks to maintain your healthy lifestyle….just make sure you get back on that wagon!

Let’s justify this by stating that as long as you get back to eating healthy, you’ll still earn a 92% for the year and in my book that’s still an A. Something else to consider is the increase in calories during this period is an opportunity for you to put on MORE muscle because after all, muscle growth requires calories and what better way to make the best of this calorie surplus than to build body transforming muscle.

As you know, Sue and I published a book called the Skogg 60 Day Challenge that has been recently released in most book retailers across America, giving you the reader a road map and guided journey to reaching your best you. It’s an easy to read and follow nutrition plan that is sustainable for your entire life. I stay on this plan all year long and allow myself indulgences within moderation and still maintain my love for food and a lean body without feeling like I’m sacrificing anything.

Does this sound like any other program you’ve done? Yes it does. Give it a try, it’s 60 days that you won’t regret.

The Book

We’ve done it! After a year of updates, narratives and editing, Sue and I have taken our in-house nutrition program and put it in print!

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Warming up before you play.

Do you warm up before you play? As you age this should become a priority because our locomotive has a tendency to turn off rather than idle and starting that big engine takes time and will not perform well when its cold. Continue reading »

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By Michelle Brannan |

Post Holiday Self Loathing

Did anyone else out there eat their way to a food coma over the holiday? If you did it’s OK. You are not alone.

The average American eats 4500 calories on Thanksgiving day alone and if you’re at all like me the madness continued until January 1st with a large assortment of cookies, cake, pie, Ice cream and everything else that is bad for you.

Did I say it was OK? I meant it but now it’s time to stop and get back on the wagon. A healthy way to look at this time of year is with a resolve knowing that it is temporary. Unhealthy is beating yourself up.

So here you are the at the first of the year standing in front of the mirror. “I will get in the best shape of my life” you say without conviction. “I will have a six pack by summer” you say without designing a strategy. “I will run a marathon this summer” you state half heartedly knowing that you’re clueless on how to get there. The truth is you have control over more than you give yourself credit for.

You do have the power to change what the mirror is telling you and here’s a few tips on how to make that possible.

1. Have an attainable goal with a finish line.

2. Find the “perfect” gym, trainer, activity, nutrition plan that fits you, not someone else.

3. Seek professional help where you lack knowledge.

4. Create a strategy that has benchmarks.

5. Create accountability. Telling someone what you’re up to makes it real.

6. Pull the trigger. The fire is hot right now, don’t let it fade!

7. The final and best tip I can give you is to try the Skogg 60 day challenge. You will have everything listed above as well as a good understanding on why you’re making new choices to the routine your currently using.

What are you waiting for? Pull that trigger and take control. Don’t be that person who leaves their shirt on at the pool or the beach.



Keep It Stupid Simple

Words to live by and when creating workouts or programs, are my rules that govern.

The inspiration for this 3 minute sermon came from the witnessing of a park kettlebell workout by one of the local gyms this past weekend. Running an outdoor workout in a public space is an excellent idea. It gives you an opportunity to market your services while creating an interest for all to see. Make sure your game is on point though.

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The Fitness Formula

The alarm goes off at 5:15 am, you roll out of bed angry that tomorrow has already arrived. Your fitful sleep was preceded by a recap of your stressful day. “Damn I need a vacation” is all you can muster as you blindly toss clothes and a well used pair of training shoes into a duffel bag.

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Goal Setting

The Road Map. It’s your first “road trip”. You wake up before the alarm in anticipation of your adventure, eager to hit your first destination. The car is packed and off you go. A couple hours into your trip as you head into unfamiliar territory, you panic as you realize you forgot your map. Let’s pretend Google Maps doesn’t exist and GPS is one of those super high tech gadgets only scientists own.

Who needs a map anyway as long as you kind of know where your journey ends. Right? This is a perfect analogy for the way most of us set our fitness goals. We have our “perfect” body example in hand torn from the pages of the most current Shape magazine and now it’s time to hit the gym! Too many of us treat goal setting this way. We dream about where we want to go but we don’t have a map to get there.

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Picking the “Right” trainer

This is the final step to building your masterpiece.

Now that you’ve established your body type and created a realistic goal, it’s time to find Mr./Mrs.”Right” trainer. Finding a trainer is easy. I can throw a stick and hit 30 of them in any direction here in Portland. I bet. With so many out there the vetting process can be overwhelming which is why you should consider a few sound tips for making this choice.

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Building your masterpiece part 2

Have you established a fitness goal for the next step? If you’re still unsure of your reality allow me to help you figure it out.

Case study A: The “pear” shape. This is the body type where the lower half is largely imbalanced compared to the top. I see this body type quite often with women and some men.

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