Andrea U-Shi Chang Senior SFG Instructor, CK-FMS (Certified Kettlebell and Functional Movement Specialist), Primal Move Global Instructor and Z-Health Certified Movement Coach, has been training with kettlebells since 2005 and still loves every minute!
After the birth of her son, Andrea realized something different needed to happen. As a successful highschool and college level athlete, she had stayed active (she thought), playing competitive tennis, and working out regularly at the gym with her friend and training partner, Kristine - but she weighed 195lbs. and had 34% body fat. Technically obese, she realized that something had to change.
After being introduced to kettlebells by a childhood friend, she was amazed. Not only were the kettlebell exercises fun, the weight started to fall off. In only 5 months, Andrea lost 45lbs! Better yet, she went from 34% body fat to 17% body fat. Kettlebells had literally changed her life. You can read her Hardstyle Magazine article, 'Kettlebells to the Rescue: A Total Transformation' here:
Completely inspired and wanting to learn more led her to recieve her Russian Kettlebell Challenge Certification directly from Pavel in 2006, and she has been sharing her ever increasing knowledge base with others ever since. Continuing to take workshops specializing in Functional Movement Screening and Corrective Strategies (CJK-FMS), Z-Health Performance Soluctions, advanced kettlebell forms, taichi, and other modalities has broadened her understanding of the body and helped make teaching her passion. The ability to help people reach their goals, whether it is to run faster, jump higher, get stronger, or to lose weight, rehab injuries, and alleviate pain, has allowed Andrea to share what she considers the gift - the gift of helping people help themselves.
Being stronger and in better shape then ever (she is now 140lbs, 15% body fat, and comfortably stable at that weight) has allowed Andrea to be a great model and motivator for others. Her obvious enjoyment and commitment to teaching reveals itself by the sharing of her body of knowledge, teaching the finer points of kettlebell form, functional movements and corrective exercises, while kicking your butt (in a good way!), which is why she is such an effective and fun instructor.
Kevin Knapp, SFG, RKC, CK-FMS, PMF1 - Kevin learned about kettlebells and changed everything about how he trained.
Following Pavel's teachings, he found a sure path to fitness, strength, and a system to teach others safely and efficiently. He began coaching with Andrea, achieved his HKC, then his RKC certification, and began instructing at Kettlebility. Now one of the lead instructors at Kettlebility, Kevin has gone on to broaden his abilities to include CK-FMS, functional movement specialist, Z-Health Movement Coaching, and Primal Movement.
Kristine Gill RKC, PFT, CK-FMS, and Z-Health Certified Movement Coach, has been training with kettlebells since 2006 and is stronger than ever!
As a highschool and college athlete competing at very high levels, physical fitness had always been important to Kristine, and it became even more important when she started her career as an active duty firefighter with the City of Seattle. Constantly and consistently training to stay strong was, and is, an essential feature of her job.
Kristine and Andrea had been training together for over 6 years at the gym, using traditional weights and exercise machines when Andrea introduced them to kettlebells and they started learning together. Kristine's strength and endurance grew faster then she had ever imagined it could with kettlebells.
When Kristine injured her shoulder at work, the injury was so acute that she couldn't even lift a coffee cup. She was able to rehab her shoulder with patience, diligence and kettlebells, and returned to active duty stronger than ever.
Seeing and experiencing how kettlebell training can really create resiliance and longevity, Kristine was inspired, and recieved her Russian Kettlebell Certification directly from Pavel in 2007, and continues to be eager to learn and share more, teaching and participating in kettlebell workshops as well as other exercise and movement modalities. Being a great motivator for others, as well as having an eye for detail, and a great sense of humor are key components in her success as an instructor.