The Story Behind Rapid Results Fitness
The following text is the history behind how Betsy and Geoff founded Rapid Results Fitness. The story is a true testimonial to how kettlebell training can improve your physical and mental health immensely. It was our passion for the kettlebell and all the benefits from it that lead us to the culmination of a fantastic program, Rapid Results Fitness In.Out.Fit. Our hope in founding this business was to share to others what we know works, producing solid results in lightening speed time! Enjoy!
My name is Geoff Neupert and I've been a Fitness Professional since 1993, which means that I've made my living helping people "get into shape." More specifically, I have trained people from all walks of life to achieve their specific goals: Grandmothers who need to lose 70lbs of fat, Division 1 Athletes who need to win matches, middle-aged women who need to rehabilitate their knees after surgery, high school athletes who need to win a college scholarship--you name it, I've helped people achieve their fitness goals--to get results. However, the number one goal of just about everyone I meet is to "lose weight."
Now, I've always thought a little differently than the rest of the pack, and much of my clients' successes are born of my own personal biases. Let me explain.
You see, I am a power athlete. I am a competitive Olympic weightlifter. We train to lift the heaviest possible weights over our heads, one time. This takes a lot of energy and it is very demanding on the body.
In 1997, I was arguably in the best shape of my life (more on that later)--I was training very, very hard for competition and my body fat percentage was in the middle single digits. My clients at the time wanted to know what I was doing to get so lean.
Their number one question was, "How much cardio are you doing?"
They all refused to believe me that when I told them, "None." I told them that I just lifted very heavy weights, nothing more than five reps, and was meticulous in watching what I ate.
The bottom line was simply this: Training with very heavy weights with short rest periods burns a ton of fat--so much so, there is no need to do "extra cardio."
Not only that, I hate the very idea of cardio--of jumping on a piece of stationary equipment and breathing hard but going nowhere.
I started coaching Strength and Conditioning at Rutgers University in 1997 and noticed that many of the athletes were slow and weak, performed lots of cardio to get in shape, and had relatively high levels of body fat--especially the females.
Needless to say, I was shocked! This was Division 1 Athletics!
What were the common denominators for these athletes being slow, weak, and fat?
Poor nutrition, ineffective/non-existent strength training, and excess long, slow duration cardiovascular exercise.
Once I was able to start implementing some of my ideas with the coaching staffs about lifting heavy, learning how to be explosive, and dropping the long, slow distance runs (These are great for cross-country runners, but that's about it.), injury rates declined, wins started increasing, and body fat percentages started to drop.
One of my favorite teams while at Rutgers was the wrestling team, probably because I'm a former wrestler. These guys were tough. And strong. I wanted them to become more explosive so I taught them the Olympic lifts--the snatch, and the clean and jerk. However, most of these guys had very tight shoulders and wrists so we had to do variations of these exercises and sometimes with dumbbells instead of barbells. The interesting thing about using the dumbbells is that we could increase the work and to burn extra calories without having to do extra cardio.
This is important because wrestling is a weight class sport, which means, most wrestlers have to cut weight to compete. And most college wrestlers cut between 20 and 30lbs to make weight.
And they do it in as little as three months.
That's when I first saw the ad in the back of some fitness magazine for kettlebells. You don't have to be that flexible to use kettlebells--which was great for my wrestlers, because most of them didn't have the upper body flexibility for the barbell Olympic lifts. Kettlebells make it much easier on the wrists, elbows, and shoulders to perform higher repetition snatches and clean and jerks than either barbells or dumbbells, which of course means you can work harder and burn more calories or rather, burn more stored body fat.
Unfortunately, we had no budget for new equipment at that time so I filed them away in the memory banks for a future time and place.
That place was Durham, North Carolina. In July of 2000 we moved to Durham so my wife could attend Duke University for a doctoral program in Physical Therapy. After getting side-tracked in a non-fitness related business venture for almost a year, I restarted my Personal Training business in May of 2001 and I've been hard at work ever since studying and applying and discarding anything and everything that works and that which doesn't.
Fortunately, I've made more than my fair share of mistakes along the way. One of them was sacrificing my sleep in order to build my business. However, I still trained hard with hopes of returning to competition (I qualified for the USA Weightlifting Nationals in 2000, but failed to turn in my application--I know, what a knucklehead--so I didn't go.). Unfortunately, in 2002, due to improper recovery, I hurt my back quite severely while training: I couldn't take a deep breath or bend over for a week! (Do as I say, not as I do--remember?) Earlier that same year I had bought my first set of kettlebells and had started training clients with them. Little did I know at that point that they would be instrumental in rehabbing my back.
Unfortunately, here's where my story takes a turn for the worse.
After ignoring my back injury and continuing to train on it for two years, I decided I was tired of the constant tingling sensation/throbbing in the bottom of my left heel. I started doing the latest cutting-edge corrective exercise programs--I mean, state-of-the-art, the best in the country, learning from leaders in both the exercise and physical therapy fields. The good news is my back got "better."
However, I was still unable to get my left glute (butt muscle) to work properly. This is a major problem since your gluteal muscles are one of the muscle groups responsible for protecting your back when you bend over. One day, out of sheer frustration from the lack of progress of that glute, I picked up my 70lbs kettlebell and started swinging it. On the third rep it felt like I had been shot in the butt as my left glute finally re-awakened after who knows how many years of sleep!
Here's what that exercise looks like (It also happens to be the number 2 exercise we use for rapid fat loss.):
Unfortunately, the chronic right knee pain that I had since I dislocated my kneecap wrestling at age 16 was getting worse. And at this point, my left knee started hurting.
In January of 2005, I was training for a weightlifting meet when I injured my right hip. I have a very high pain tolerance, but after 3 months of having to stretch out my hip muscles just so I could walk without excruciating pain, I finally got a cortisone shot. My orthopedic surgeon, and not just any orthopedic surgeon, but one of the Duke University Sports Medicine Team Surgeons, said I should stop weightlifting as it would exacerbate my injury to the point of a joint replacement in the long run.
In between each of these injuries, the only thing that kept me sane was being able to perform my beloved snatches and clean and jerks with my kettlebells.
Unfortunately, while re-starting my training in September of 2005, I injured my left hip in exactly the same way. Again, kettlebells kept me sane and "healthy." And by healthy, I mean, muscular and lean.
Then, the bottom fell out all the way.
By January 2006, my body had enough. Both my knees "locked up" and the only way I could sit in a chair was to "plop" in it. Bending my knees past 130 degrees was excruciatingly painful. Weightlifting was out of the question. I could still, however, use my beloved kettlebells, which, seemed to rescue me from myself.
This is when I finally started doing "dynamic joint mobility" exercises-- which if done properly is like stretching on steroids.
Here's a picture of just how bad things had gotten:
I could not bend my knees any further than this without experiencing that
"stub-your-toe-hold-your-breath-and-swear" kind of pain.
I finally stopped all ideas of weightlifting
and focused on healing my broken body with the Dynamic Joint Mobility*. In case you haven't picked up on a theme,
I love weightlifting. But since I couldn't do any, you guessed it--the only thing that kept me sane was the
*There are lots of Dynamic Joint Mobility programs on the market today, but Rapid Results Fitness uses one very specific program that focuses on quality and precision to yield instantaneous, near miraculous results--in many cases instantly removing pain--even pain caused by pulls and strains.
Here's one of the kettlebell exercises, the Clean and Press, I used to keep my muscles from wasting away and to keep myself from turning into a butter-ball turkey:
Fast-forward to November 3, 2007.
I returned to the weightlifting platform and competed for the first time in almost 8 years despite a back injury, two hip injuries, and a knee injury and I did it all pain-free.
Here's a video clip of me snatching 120kg (264lbs), which is 10kg below my previous competition best:
Kettlebells and Dynamic Joint Mobility.
Why did I take the time to tell you my story?
Because whether you want to lose body fat or get back into shape to do the things you used to love doing, I've been there and I can show you how to get there too. I teamed up with Betsy Collie, one of the Triangle's best group fitness instructors and now a kettlebell instructor, to bring you Rapid Results Fitness.
You've already met Betsy--she's the woman performing the Two Hand Swing in the first video.
Betsy and I met through a client of mine. I introduced her to kettlebell training in June of 2007 and she knew instantly that it was exactly what she was looking for and exactly what her group fitness participants were looking for. You see, Betsy also has a ton of experience under her belt as a fitness professional. Between teaching group fitness--every sort you can imagine--and dance, again every sort you can imagine, she's got twenty plus years of experience. But Betsy, as I mentioned before, has a multiple lower back injuries that keep her from performing traditional "cardio" activities. But the kettlebell didn't hurt her back, in fact, it made it feel better. Betsy loved the kettlebell so much she got her kettlebell instruction certification October 2007.
Now here's the best part: Betsy loves to dance--in fact she has been dancing since age three. She has noticed that the combination of kettlebell training and dynamic joint mobility has made her a better dancer--without having to dance more. So whatever you like to do, the combination of Kettlebells and Dynamic Joint Mobility allow you to do it better.
At this point, you probably have a nagging question in your sub-conscious:
Why should I entrust my fitness to two broken and injured fitness professionals?
The dirty little secret in the fitness industry is that anyone who's been "in the game" for any length of time has at least one injury, if not multiple ones. But here's the catch: We've tried almost everything. We've paid the price so you don't have to. But wait, it gets even better: Most rehab programs get you back to where you started if you're lucky: The combination of Kettlebells and Dynamic Joint Mobility help you become better than you ever been. Ever seen a mother of three with less than 10% body fat? Or how about a 200+lbs man climb up two parallel ropes using just his arms? I just described Betsy and myself. I don't share this with you to brag about ourselves, but rather, to show you the possibilities awaiting you.
The Point is this: We have the solutions to your fat loss problems.
If we can opt out of multiple surgeries and re-train our bodies to perform better than they did before, and still stay lean, then you can too, especially if you don't have or haven't had any major injuries.
Not only that, I personally am not injured any more and through the use of kettlebells and dynamic joint mobility exercises, my body has literally reprogrammed itself to be free from injury and be more efficient in movement and fat loss.
I've shown you everything--left nothing out, pulled back the curtain, so-to-speak, so you can can see that we've left nothing to chance regarding your fitness program. The only thing you have to do is show up and work.
Here's the bottom line:
Rapid Results Fitness provides you with EVERYTHING you need to achieve maximum results in minimum time:
- Fat Loss
- Increased Stamina
- Increased Strength
- Decreased Pain
All you have to ask yourself is the following:
Am I willing to commit to exercising three days each week to look better and feel more confident than I ever have before? If the answer to that question is "Yes," go HERE and register for our program now.
If you're not ready yet, at least go HERE and pick up our FREE SPECIAL REPORT, "The Top Five Lies About Weight Loss" and see what we have to offer. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
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