Iron Body Melly


Lifting, using kettle bells, exercise is very important to me. Just three years ago, I had little or no knowledge of how to workout, what good form was, what exercises to pair together, nothing. I researched my options, evaluated my personality and decided online training services were the best option for me. I like training at home, I want to learn, I am uninterested in commercial gyms and at the moment, I cannot afford a private gym. So, online training is a great option for me.

When Artemis of Iron Body Studios told me that she and her partner Eric were teaming up with to offer an online training platform, I signed on. What this means is, monthly a program in three skill levels is uploaded to the site with supportive video content, the service is a monthly subscription. The site can be used to track your progress, there is a forum to ask questions and there is a social networking aspect to the site as well. Most folks would probably take this program to their gym, but I choose to workout at home, so I purchase kettle bells and equipment as needed.

Each month, when the new program rolls out, I begin my studies. I take out a light kettle bell and I watch the new videos, trying out the new movements needed to progress to the new program. You can see, I am practicing while drinking coffee! Coffee and kettle bells! Nothing wrong with that.

I have used few online training platforms and services, I learned from them, loved working with the different people involved, but none of them were quite as good a fit as this. The instructional videos that Iron Body Studios puts out are concise, focused and professional. In the above photograph, I am practicing the ‘Clean to Press’. I watch the videos while mirroring the movements I am being taught. This works so well for me that when I jump in and do a full workout, I hear Eric and Artemis’s form encouragements at each stage of the movement pattern I am working. 

Sometimes when I tell friends and family that I participate in online training, they are baffled as to how it works. It is pretty easy, it is lots of fun. And best of all, it is really empowering. I love learning and I am glad to have found this great resource. 

Oh, and Artemis just put out a post on the Clean. Eric and Artemis know how to put the knowledge bombs out there!

4 years ago today: the vista

Four years ago today, I heard the words, ” I am sorry to say, you have breast cancer”. 

Wow. Glad to see the tail end of that one!

Today I am immersed in a quest to exercise. I want to give my body a little something extra, something to grab onto, something more than popping a pill or settling into a passive groove. In my case, lowering body fat is a good thing. I had 100% ER/PR+ breast cancer. Fat and estrogen levels are related. I have been using kettle bells and it has become a bit of a hobby for me! 

I found Artemis last year, after the need to store my plate weights and bars (New York City apartment problems). I’ve watched/read Artemis train for the Iron Maiden, an exciting journey to be sure. I am wowed. The Iron Maiden is 3 movements, a press, a pull-up and a pistol squat. Women must do this using a 24kg bell. That is 52 pounds!

Um, yeah. Wow.

I use an online training service through Iron Body Studios and I love it. I even bought a tack-on program called Attack the Bar. I do this at home.  I use kettle bells, a Jungle Gym XT, Valslides, a door mounted pull-up bar and elastic bands. I am training Turkish Get Ups, Pull ups, presses. I love it, really. I feel confident. I experience a connection between mind and body, I am becoming aware of my food choices. Slow and steady makes the grade, small changes daily! I have all the time in the world to commit to my program. Thank goodness.

I gladly exchange a love of lifting heavy things and a new more streamlined physique for the stress of doctors appointments. Any day.

Happy Anniversary, Melly! Good going.

In the meantime, I was invited to donate artwork to Virginia Spiegel‘s The 100 Fundraiser to Fight Cancer. The above piece of artwork is my offering for the cause. 

The 100

I do hope you might consider bidding 100$ for this piece. I would love for you to own it.