"Everybody Says You're the Best"


One of my weightlifting athletes moved to the next town or two over and cancelled her gym membership. This happens quite frequently in Boulder. It's an expensive place to live. Add to that the average age of the population is quite young, upwardly mobile and careers require moves to other towns sometimes. The only residents who don't seem to be transient are the transients.

Anyway, she has been looking for a new gym and become frustrated. She texted me the other night and asked if she could come back, the half hour drive would be worth it. She said she told her prospective coaches that she used to lift with me, "Everybody says you're the best," she said.

I replied that they were kind to say that. But, like the other fine things in life, she should always buy the best she can afford.

It's been a decade or so since I left the kettlebell certification teaching body for what is now StrongFirst, powered by the formidable intellect and work ethic of Pavel Tsatsouline. One of my friends, a professional strength and conditioning coach (who did his KB certification at my first course as an instructor), is a Senior Instructor for StrongFirst. He sent me this photo the other day with the comment that all these years later I was still quoted in the Kettlebell Certification Instructor's Manual.

It's nice to be remembered.

Randy Hauer