Kyle Ethridge Testimonial

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My name is Kyle (aka Seoul Krusher or “Krush”), and I’m 34 years old, a wife and a mother of two amazing kids (shout out to Grant, Ayden and Harbin). I started my BAREfit adventure a little over a year ago with my friend and teammate, Bo, after hearing about an alternative workout from skaters with the Derby City Roller Girls (DCRG). 

Growing up I was always athletic, and I swam competitively in high school and college. After college, life kind of got in the way and I stopped working out regularly. After my youngest was born I decided to do something for me and joined the DCRG recreational league, which provides skills and training to become a roller derby skater (if you are interested let me know, we are always recruiting). I started looking outside of my weekly practices to find other ways to become stronger. Some of the official DCRG members were posting “check ins” online at BAREfit. After finding out it was close to my home I decided to give it a try. I went to my first workout in early May 2016.

My first workout was humbling, hard and a lot of fun. I had thought all those years of swimming had kept me in good shape, but I was wrong. After the first workout I was SO sore. My legs were like jelly, I couldn’t walk up or down stairs without wincing, and it hurt to lift my arms up. I didn’t know if I could go back, and then I did and I haven’t looked back.

I have never been a gym person - repetitive movements and running on a treadmill are not for me. BAREfit workouts are constantly changing and I have never done the same workout twice. I love that I can add more weight, or alter the workout to fit me. I personally love the feeling of sore muscles after a good workout, and BAREfit never disappoints. The workouts are challenging and always different. The short sets keep you moving, while also engaging different muscles. I have never felt so strong in my life. I don't have to bring a stroller when I'm out with the kids, because I can dual carry my kids and carry them for longer periods of time. BAREfit has also helped me improve my roller derby game. It's harder to move me out of the way, I use my lower body strength to block opposing skaters, and hit them out of bounds. 

I have been attending BAREfit at least three times a week in wee early morning at 6:30 a.m. It’s now a part of my regular routine, and I look forward to the workouts and hanging with an amazing morning crew! Even this week, my legs are sore. I love that I’m constantly engaging different muscles and challenging my body.

Last October I tried out for the official DCRG team, and made it. I credit a lot of that to my BAREfit workouts. Also shout out to BAREfit for being a sponsor of the DCRG team, we love you!

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Shoulder Stability

Image from: steadyhealth.com

Image from: steadyhealth.com

Shoulder Stability is key when it comes to rock climbing. While rock climbing includes much more than upper body strength, having a solid upper body is important and shoulder stability can help prevent serious injuries. 

Here are a few videos that demonstrate a few different ways to improve shoulder stability:

1. http://www.msn.com/en-ie/video/headlines/improving-shoulder-stability-for-climbing-climbing-daily/vi-AArONvk?pfr=1 

2. https://www.trainingbeta.com/kraft-factory-training-shoulder-stability/

Grip Strength

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Image from Outsideonline.com

We are in the midst of our Adventure Ready series on rock climbing and each week we incorporate a rock climbing skill into our workouts. 

Grip Strength is our first skill. Why is grip strength important? It's our first skill to teach because it's one of the most obvious when you think of rock climbing. If you can't hold onto what you're climbing, you won't get very far. Finger strength is one of the most important skills needed in order to be a good rock climber. 

Grip strength is much more than just your fingers and hands though. It also includes your arm muscles. You need the whole unit to work together for optimal mobility and to reduce the risk of injuries when rock climbing. 

Here are some great resources for increasing your grip strength:

1. Finger & Back Arm Strength Exercises

2. Finger Strength Training

Check in on Facebook for a good cause!

This September, every check-in at BAREfit Adventure Training on Facebook will help provide 4 bowls of food to a shelter animal. We’re working with Causely and the Rescue Bank to make it happen. You can add #care4animals when you check in to promote the cause. For more information about this month’s charity, check out www.rescuebank.org.

 

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Power Yoga at BAREfit

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Come join us for Power Yoga w/ Stella!

Wednesdays at 6:30PM - 1217 Logan Street - upstairs

BAREfit Adventure Training has become a destination for Louisville's outdoor adventure community, as well as all humans who love natural movement. We have teamed with Stella Bermejo (stellamarisyoga.com) to begin a Wednesday night Power Yoga community.

This class is for BAREfit members and non-members! (All non-member attendees will sign a liability waiver prior to class.) Class fee is $4 for members and $7 for non-members. We also have punch cards available.

**Bring Your Own Mat**