Since 2004 when I first stepped onto this platform to learn kettlebells this has been my Saturday home for training. On and off for the last 10 years I have come to the Rifstonian Institute aka Stones Gym to train.
This place symbolizes more than just a place to train it is a place where I learned what it means to actually train versus working out. Most of us workout, taking a randomized approach to being fit and health (which works, look at Crossfit).
The difference at stones is I could tell you what I will be doing every Saturday for the next year. Literally down to the numbers of sets, reps, weight, total volume in lbs and kgs. No guess work just as we say digging a ditch week in, week out.
Attention to detail, consistency, patience, light vs heavy, fast vs slow, hard style, and simply getting better slowly and steadily week in and week out.
Results, never an issue at Stones since we PR the same move weekly. It’s a product of the system, a result of knowing exactly what lies ahead.
This approach builds confidence, rarely does anything intimidate because you are always prepared. It keeps the body health & allows for adaptation in a safe and effective way for long term health.
2 of my training partners are 57 plus and they can do exactly what I do. This is incredible because it speaks to the longevity of the approach.
I do not care to get on a competitive platform, just to be fit, lean, health, strong, flexible, mobile and able to complete any task in front of me. This approach over the last 10 years has always proved to be the best and most effective.
I have strayed and achieved in doing so, all part of the learning process. But life comes full circle and simply put this shit works.
It is for everyone and not for everyone at the same time. It takes a certain mental approach which I would say can be the toughest aspect especially in today’s current fitness climate.
Sustainability, consistency, health these are important factors too me in any aspect of life and training. For me training and sport are and have been for some time a microcosm of life.
I am grateful that Mark Reifkind opened his door and showed me the way. He is a Zen Master in my eyes, brain and heart. I am grateful and I have learned and listened even if I have and sometimes still do stray from the path to another.