Dragon Door: How did you first become interested in kettlebells?
Eric Bennett: It started when I was in the Army about three years ago. I had seen some articles about kettlebell training and loved the simplicity of it. So, one day I just went ahead and bought a kettlebell and fell in love with it. I kept reading books and watching videos. I also took the kettlebell with me whenever I went to drill with the Army. I kept it with me at the hotel that let me get a lot done.
Dragon Door: And now you recently completed both the HardstyleFit Level 1 and Level 2 online courses. What inspired you to give them a try—and then to complete both of them with the additional video technique testing?
Eric Bennett: I've been really wanting something like this because of the convenience. I don't have all the time in the world to go to live classes even though I would greatly enjoy them. So, when I saw Dragon Door post about an online course on Facebook, it was exactly what I was looking for. Because I had prior experience with my kettlebell strength coach at Maverick's Field House, I had already experienced really good coaching and training. So, when I went into the HardstyleFit courses, even though I already had a generalized idea of the movements, getting into the program really homed in on the details that made a world of difference.
When I saw that Dragon Door had that opportunity, I took it and I fell in love with it. The courses made a huge difference in my training. I love that you can come back and review the basic skills, because sometimes you can miss little things.
Dragon Door: What was your athletic background before joining the Army?
Eric Bennett: I played soccer growing up and practiced different martial arts. I also played football and did the Bigger, Faster, Stronger program which uses some of the main barbell lifts, plyometrics and stuff like that. Before the Army, I also did some volunteer firefighting for about a year. During that time, I got into unconventional training, because we did a lot of circuits with sandbag work, lifting hammers, tires, and offset load carries. Working with the firefighters introduced me to many different kinds of training.
Dragon Door: Now that you've gone through HardstyleFit Level 1 and 2 what's your next move? Are you planning to teach or lead classes, or was the training just for you?
Eric Bennett: Originally it was just for me. But, at my job I'd been talking to quite a few people about kettlebell training and they’ve been very interested. So...read complete interview.