[pullquoteleft]”In life we encounter people everyday. They are our families, our life long friends, some we barely notice or speak with; it may be a brief momentary encounter, others that lead to acquaintances, work relationships or life long friendships. No matter what the relationship, there’s a high probability of us making an impact on each other.[/pullquoteleft]It will be a year in March that I was at the peak of my frustration. I had no energy, I lacked motivation and I was weak mentally and physically. I wanted to get back to something that I have always loved, lifting weights. I contacted Dale at PSKC (many times) inquiring about his gym. Finally, he said, “When you are willing to give me everything that you have, I will be here”. I soon scheduled my first lesson and was introduced to two other trainers Monica and Ashley. These ladies are incredible. I have been in life threatening and life saving situations, had 3 babies, encountered brilliant and aggressive minds, been enamored by incredible amazing people and I’m rarely intimidated. After my first class I was sure I would not return. I realized I was weak and only had my 21 year old self to compare myself too. I could not even do one simple push-up and an 18 pound kettlebell felt like it was 100. Then the very speech that I have given my own kids, at home and in the classroom rang very loud in my mind…You are not a quitter, that is not who you were created to be.
Rarely do we encounter people that have impact enough that will change who we are as people and how we live our lives. I have: Dale King, Monica Sa, Ashley Schwamberger and Zak Lafontaine and each member of PSKC. I feel like I’ve found the real me, I’m more content, more confident, and I’ve learned my life is mine. My worth is not based on how much more or less I can lift compared to the person next to me but that I am becoming better than I was yesterday!
This has been a year of many tears, frustration, encouragement, guidance, toughness, determination, compassion, and a few bruises! PSKC staff and members has shown me that being vulnerable, crying, and seeking help are not signs of weakness but signs of guts and strength.
Life is not about holding back, waiting or doubting, it’s about going forward, never settling and always living. It’s about being myself and not apologizing for my imperfections. Embracing who I am and who I want to be. Valuing and appreciating who I’m lucky enough to encounter. Each encounter can make a lasting impact, if I let it. I’m absorbing each moment, and knowing it’s ok not to get instant results or be perfect. It’s about becoming a better me and when things get tough I can hear the voice of my coaches saying as they always do, “Fight through the pain, it’s about mental toughness”. So Thank you PSKC and friends for making 2012 a life changing experience. I love you all dearly and as Mo would say, “ Helz yea dude”, lets crush 2013 with some PR’s.”
[pullquoteright] It’s been a good morning! In the weight loss competition we split the winnings in half, half for pounds lost, and half for percentage lost. I WON the pounds lost with a total loss of 34lbs![/pullquoteright]My percentage was really close second at 13.08%. I have gone down three jean sizes and from a 2X women’s shirt size to a regular XL. I am going to continue to live this better lifestyle (healthy diet and exercise). Especially since I plan on losing 70 more pounds! This has been a life changing 3 months, an AWESOME 3 months! I HAVE LEARNED SO MUCH ABOUT MYSELF! Thank you friends and family for encouraging me especially Wirty for doing this with me! And thank you for my peeps at PSKC for pushing me to go further and especially Coach Ann for making me do more squats even though my legs were giving out. Lol! Love you all!
[pullquoteleft] “I would like to thank you again for a kickass day on Saturday. Ever since I have gotten out of the military I’ve missed all the friends and the camaraderie that come along with it until Saturday. [/pullquoteleft]For those that have never been in the military they don’t understand what all that means until they are a part of something awesome like PSKC. You have really done a great job getting the gym up and operational and your work speaks for itself with all the fine ladies and gentlemen that come. As soon as I walked in Saturday I immediately felt like family just like the unit cohesion in the military, where brothers and sisters will dive into the suck to help a brother out so he’s not the only one going through hell. I’m glad to know that to find all that I’ve been missing is only 65 miles south and after I have my second hip replaced (June 27) and can drive I will defiantly stopping in more often to train and hang out with some of the awesomest people I know”
[pullquoteright] Just want to say thank you to Dale, Mo and everyone that is PSKC. [/pullquoteright]Tomorrow will make it a month since I’ve started at PSKC and after a weigh in today I’ve lost 20lbs. Wish I would’ve found out about PSKC a long time ago.
[pullquoteleft] “PSKC really is like a big family….and Dale is an awsome leader and friend to
us all….When I started PSKC a few months ago I immediately felt welcomed and apart of the family.[/pullquoteleft] I haven’t felt as happy as I have been since joining the group in a long time….. I hate missing classes and I wish that I could come everyday…..Dale is an awsome motivator and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything…..we love you Dale!!”
[pullquoteright] “I could say a lot about PSKC and Dale King. Like my pants fit me better and I’ve gone down a dress size or two but that stuff doesn’t really matter. What I have to say is I’m proud of what I can do and how I feel more than ever. [/pullquoteright]I’m proud that I reach the point of a workout and I want to quit or puke but I don’t because Dale drives me to go on. I’m proud that my two year old son thinks I’m strong. Dale is the reason that I dedicate myself to this torture that makes me stronger and stronger everyday. So I can go on in this life knowing that I’m working hard and keeping myself fit and in return my son thinks his mom is Hercules!”
[pullquoteleft] The most rewarding and motivating program I have found. As a former collegiate athlete I have been on the never ending search for a workout that was energizing. Visiting gyms and hitting the treadmill and weights just did not get it…[/pullquoteleft]it became a chore and hard to stick to. I tried multiple “fad” workouts but nothing that motivated me to stick with it. Kettle bells with Dale has me energized for workouts that totally kick my butt! The routines are always fresh and push you to your limit…the group works as a team and we even have “fun” kicking ourselves. Dale is an essential piece of this…his workouts are never routine, he is an excellent teacher of technique, holds us accountable and pushes us to broaden our limits!
[pullquoteright] I cant thank my coach and PSKC for the strength and self believe that I now have of myself.[/pullquoteright]
When I walk thru the doors I am able to calm my mind, focus and do what Dale places forth and not quit even when I would like to at times.
Dale, you are always everyones biggest cheerleader and you do not let anyone fail but only exceed expectations and for that I will always be greatful.
[pullquoteleft] “I finally feel like I am on the right path nutrition wise. Not even close to perfect, but I’m beginning to understand what needs to be done and what not to do. [/pullquoteleft]I love the fact that it’s not just a fad, temporary “fix”, or “diet” but it’s an everyday lifestyle that just makes sense. I think about everything I eat and why I’m eating it and how it’s going to effect me. I look at food as fuel and not comfort, as I’ve already read about how so many others have proclaimed the same.
I can’t express how grateful I am for you, the coaches, (even Shep haha) and PSKC, because (it sounds really cliche) I don’t know where I would be fitness wise had I not heard about it. I don’t want to know. And it’s a great feeling knowing that I don’t HAVE to know how I would be. You don’t do the work for us, but you deserve all the credit for showing us the way…You teach us that the choice is ours, but we can choose to bust ass and be great, or continue existing.”
[pullquoteright] So happy to say, Traylor and I started PSKC 2-3 months ago. Without dieting, we both have lost 2 inches in waist, hips and arms! [/pullquoteright]This is a prime example of how people get addicted! It works! We love PSKC and everybody there! Hellz yea! (as Mo would say)
That’s what I love most because when I feel like I can’t go one more round, it’s the support that gets me through.
[pullquoteleft] “Kettlebell training is a great workout. [/pullquoteleft]I hardly ever worked out before and I can’t get enough of it now. Dale is a great motivator and is very good at his work. I am a proud member of PSKC!”
[pullquoteright] “No words could ever describe what PSKC has done for me, physically and mentally! [/pullquoteright]Just before joining a year ago, (come January)….I had just overcome one of life’s most horrible experience’s, which I wouldn’t wish on any human being…each and every member and coach gave me the love n courage I needed to believe in myself again! U guys are like my family…I’m not the best but I keep up and always finish…I dedicate at least 3-4 days a week….I love the feeling every day that I walk out that door, knowing I gave my best and spent it with some of the greatest people I could ever meet!”
[pullquoteleft] “For myself I like a good trainer that pushes me to my limits, Dale is an awesome trainer he pushes us in every class we have,[/pullquoteleft] we never know what to expect, I love this kind of training. But it might not be for everybody , if you like endurance and strength training it’s the best. I like to see how far I can push myself every class we have. PSKC is the best!”
[pullquoteright] “PSKC is about the love of being better, it’s hard, it sucks, it wears you out, and it makes you better, and that’s why we all do it,[/pullquoteright] for the love of being better than we ever were, better than we could have ever imagined. I wanna thank you man, it’s people like you in this world that bring out the best in everyone around them.”
[pullquoteleft] “I never imagined that I would be working out and enjoying every minute of it, wanting to go back the next day! [/pullquoteleft]Dale, you are an amazing coach! You are an inspiration and I am so grateful for your leadership! I can do this! I am strong!”
[pullquoteright] “Since starting kettlebell training with Dale, I’ve noticed a dramatic increase in my strength, endurance, flexibility, and overall performance. I’ve taken 2 minutes off of my 5k time, accomplished a half-marathon, conquered the rope climb, and performed so many exercises and techniques that I never thought would be possible for me. [/pullquoteright]I go to PSKC knowing I’m going to get an insane, and painful workout. Why do I keep coming back? The results, and knowing we don’t repeat the same workouts over and over. Dale pushes you beyond your limits and helps you complete what you would normally believe to be impossible. He makes the workouts fun and exciting, but he is very serious when it comes to safety and proper technique. Dale doesn’t do the work for you, but his encouragement pushes you to achieve the unthinkable. I love all the positive energy and people and it’s so empowering and rewarding mentally and physically! I honestly feel like I can do anything after going thru some of your workouts!” -AS
[pullquoteleft] “The best part of kettlebell is leaving…It feels like a breath of fresh air.[/pullquoteleft] I know I’ve pushed myself to maximum capacity, feeling like I just did a two hour workout in a physically and mentally draining 20 minutes…and every time I leave, I’m reminded, it’s so worth it.”
“PSKC is an amazing thing…and you my friend are an awesome motivator and teacher!”
[pullquoteright] “I have more confidence in myself, and know more about myself since I have joined the PSKC family.[/pullquoteright] Pushing the limits of strength and endurance is something I didn’t know I could do until Dale was standing there telling me that I could (yelling it at me, actually)! I feel privileged to be a part of something like this. It is Something Bigger, Something Better than just a gym.”
[pullquoteleft] “PSKC is more than great exercise it’s training for whatever life throws at you. I not only feel stronger physically but, mentally. Anyone who trys PSKC wil say this is what I’ve been looking for and this is what my body has wanted and needed my entire life. [/pullquoteleft]As for Dale as a trainer well there’s not words great enough. This is what he was meant to do. He won’t give up on you and he won’t let you give up on yourself, I’m proof of that lol…. his energy and positive thinking is contagious everyone at PSKC pushs and encourages each other, I feel like I can do anything when I’m around all the wonderful people at PSKC. Even though my brain tells me I can’t use a 44 lb kettlebell Dale won’t let my brain tell my body I can’t and he encourages me and I do it . Thanks Dale, Dave , Monica and everyone at PSKC you mean more to me than you could ever know.”
[pullquoteright] “PSKC is awesome. I’m excited and dread it at the same time. I never knew that I could push myself as far as I do when I’m at PSKC.[/pullquoteright] I love the feeling of accomplishment when I finish a work out. It kick’s my butt everytime. But because of you Dale, you make everyone feel welcome and comfortable and anyone at any stage in there fitness can fit in. You are a positive influence. I love your training style.”
[pullquoteleft] “All I can say is that I am doing things I never dreamed of! [/pullquoteleft]You, Dave and Monica are my driving force. So thankful to Tiffany for introducing me to this crazy place! Love it.”
[pullquoteright] “So I’m swinging my kettlebell, doing a PSKC workout at home, and my Olivia says, ” wow mom, your arms are getting big like daddy’s!” [/pullquoteright]Hahahaha- okay So, my 6 yr old has a BIG imagination….. But I’m hanging onto the compliment!!”
[pullquoteleft] “I havent got on the scales during this challenge on my paleo diet… [/pullquoteleft]however, I couldnt wear the jeans I normally wear as they fall off. I am thinking at least 15 lbs”
[pullquoteright] “So Tuesday was my first official class at PSKC. I have to admit that during the class I thought there was NO way I could make it through. And I definitely had thoughts that I’d never do it again! But after I finished and the gasping stopped I had a great feeling of accomplishment! [/pullquoteright]Now I can’t wait to go back. The trainers are incredible and really push you! Also, I want to thank someone (I didn’t catch her name!) who saw me strugglin through my last round and said, “I’m going to do it with you!”. She completed an extra round just to help me through! What an awesome display of teamwork! She didn’t know me from Adam but cared enough to put forth the extra effort. I can’t tell you how much that meant! I can’t wait to see her so I can thank her in person! I hope I can do the same for someone else!”
[pullquoteleft] ” I am extremely thankful to have the opportunity to train with so many great like-minded individuals.[/pullquoteleft] Although I haven’t been a member very long, I already feel like part of the family. It’s so refreshing to actually look forward to working out again”
[pullquoteright] Man I can’t thank you enough for PSKC. Like you, and probably the majority of pskc’ers, I crashed down mentally and fell into a rut when I graduated. [/pullquoteright]High school sports to college football to pharmacy school to….? I found myself on the treadmill of monotony. I was craving something to be passionate about. Anything. Then I started at pskc and it literally turned everything around. What started as a great workout quickly led to being part of a family of passionate people who genuinely care for one another. I mean, I get my ass kicked every day by my 50yr old workout partner named The Machine and I love every second of it. The workouts led me to pskc but it’s the people who keep me coming back. Thank you!”
[pullquoteleft] “Like most of us down here…I went from endless hours of practices, soccer, basketball, and softball in high school to endless hours of work and the real life! I didnt have time to hit the gym as much as i wanted or needed to. [/pullquoteleft]Of course days turn into months, months turn into years of doing nothing. After the last baby and being 32, i was determined to do something. Signed back up to the Life Center and some classes..and slowly got back into the groove. At 35, i found myself loving to run and a few months later…i found PSKC!! I am now in the best shape of my life and enjoy every moment if it! Even with 3 kids and their endless practices n homework now…PSKC is my “me” time! Kudos to u Dale and thank u for giving us an awesome place to workout! I am truly blessed to have u all as my family!