Good morning everyone - I hope you enjoy this interview with Tim Shuman, RKCII my good friend and strength coach. Without his help I would not have performed as well at the RKC Workshop this past October

Tim Shuman, RKCII Interviewed Sunday December 12, 2010

Adrienne Harvey, RKC: So how did you first discover kettlebells?

Tim Shuman, RKCII: I got a flyer from John DuCane. He sent me a flyer saying I can get Enter The Kettlebell and two 16Kilo kettlebells for about $109. And apparently he'd gotten my name off an e-mail list when I was using Pavel's bodyweight books, Power to the People, From Russia with Tough Love, those types of things.

Adrienne Harvey, RKC: What year was that?

Tim Shuman, RKCII: 2008.

Adrienne Harvey, RKC: What's your favorite thing about kettlebell training?

Tim Shuman, RKCII: Quick, effective, and simple. Just your basics. No flash. It's just a hunk of black iron that you utilize to wear yourself out.

Adrienne Harvey, RKC: It definitely does that. Now you just recently got your RKC Level 2 certification. Does your certification have any special meaning to you? I guess how do you feel about it? What made you consider going for the next level?

Tim Shuman, RKCII: Definitely major meaning because it's not the easiest thing to do in the world. The RKC cert is definitely the hardest thing I've ever had to do. This is RKCII. A little bit easier but still something very mentally and physically and emotionally draining. Mainly the whole the idea of the RKC is to break you down to the bare minimum so you learn – and you can do it no matter what. It involves a lot of military aspects that way, special forces training and that idea. The RKCII, I wanted to do after realizing I really wanted to teach instructors. It's the next progression up the ladder to be able to do that. And then also it definitely separates you from anybody else.

Adrienne Harvey, RKC: How have your RKC experiences changed you as a trainer?

Tim Shuman, RKCII: First of all, I'm not a trainer. I'm a strength coach. Big difference. It's changed my mentality as far as the bells and whistles, all olympic power. Now it's more kettlebelling. Getting away from the dumbbells. Getting away from the barbells. Getting away from the machines, which I rarely use anyway. But just grab the kettlebell and just go to town.

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