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Often the Kettlebell Clean can be just as difficult or more difficult to master than the kettlebell Snatch.  The kettlebell clean technique is different than the technique for a barbell power clean used in Olympic weightlifting.  A few key differences are: With a kettlebell clean you do not shrug your shoulders.  The movement is led by the power generated from your hips and your shoulders should have minimal or no movement. You… Read More

Last weekend I presented my strength workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift at Drive495 in New York City to a sold-out group of 30 people. The workshop was open to both men and women, however the majority of attendees were women.  The Women from Results Driven Fitness in Central Valley, NY This was significant because it is not often that a group of 20 plus women gather together to discuss and… Read More

  During a training session one time, one of my clients said to me, “Artemis, you should do a workshop about Mental Toughness – about how to be mentally tough.” At the time the client was having a challenging session, she was overworked, sleep deprived, and she was struggling to get through some of her least favorite exercises. When she said this to me I smiled because this was not the first… Read More

 Beast 48kg (~106lbs) Swings! Through training for the Iron Maiden Challenge, just like training for anything else or even training in general, I’ve had good training days and bad training days.  For the most part I have had good training days and felt positive about my training.  However I have had the occasional moment that I wasn’t sure if I was making progress and those other moments when I’ve impressed myself with the… Read More

We all have some strength feat or endurance challenge that psyches us out.  For some of us it is pull-ups, for some kettlebell instructors it is the snatch test that we have to do in order to receive and maintain our certification, for me, and some others, it is heavy pressing.  In order to overcome these challenges and achieve the goals that we set out to do, it is about finding that… Read More

If you follow my blog, as most of you know I am training for the Iron Maiden Challenge.  For the challenge a woman must complete three lifts, pull-up, strict press and pistol squat all with a 24kg (~53lbs) kettlebell.  The equivalent for men is the Beast Challenge with a 48kg (~106lbs) kettlebell.   I had planned to attempt this challenge in April when I assisted at the Boston SFG Level I Certification but… Read More

Please take a moment to Like IronBodyByArtemis on Facebook HERE. Please take a moment to Follow @IrnBdyByArtemis on Twitter HERE. Introduction I recently posted a blog about Why I Choose Strength.  After that post, I received some questions as to how did I get from where I started using 10lb kettlebells to where I am at now using 20kg kettlebells and beyond?  To answer these questions I updated that post to include detailed program… Read More

Please take a moment to Like IronBodyByArtemis on Facebook HERE. Please take a moment to Follow @IrnBdyByArtemis on Twitter HERE. As a dancer from the age of 3 ½ turned martial artist at age 27, I have always been athletic, physically strong, strong willed, and a master of my bodyweight.  Not until I changed careers from IT consulting to work full-time as a personal trainer and obtained my Russian hardstyle kettlebell certification did I… Read More

Please take a moment to Like IronBodyByArtemis on Facebook HERE. Please take a moment to Follow @IrnBdyByArtemis on Twitter HERE. The Year of the Pull-up I have been writing a lot about pull-ups lately, but that is because pull-ups are one of the best strength movements that any man or woman can train to do. Regular pull-up training incorporated into one’s strength training program, no matter what one’s specific goal may be, help to… Read More

I am very fortunate to love what I do and do what I love for a living, but it was not always like this. In my early 30’s (yes I am older than my early 30’s :)) I made a drastic career change from working as an IT Consultant to pursue my (then) part-time passion in health and fitness. You can read more about how I made this dream a reality and… Read More

Please take a moment to Like IronBodyByArtemis on Facebook HERE. Please take a moment to Follow @IrnBdyByArtemis on Twitter HERE. The Ab Rollout is by far one of my most favorite abdominal exercises. Let’s face it, as Canadian Professor of Spine Biomechanics Stuart McGill confirms, crunches are OUT and there are much better, safer and more functional methods to train one’s core. Some of the safest and most effective methods for training the core… Read More

Please take a moment to Like IronBodyByArtemis on Facebook HERE. Please take a moment to Follow @IrnBdyByArtemis on Twitter HERE. Weighted Pull-up Progress On November 14, 2012 I wrote a post entitled “How Women Can Train to do Pull-ups WELL.” You can read this post HERE. This post was in response to a New York Times blog post in the New York Times Health & Science Well Section entitled “Why Women Can’t Do Pull-ups.” In… Read More