Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Cindy Glass RKC heads to the Level II

This weekend Cindy Glass RKC heads off to Minnesota for the RKC Level 2.
It was a little less than two years ago that this journey began, so I thought I would take a moment to reflect upon it. :)
I started training Cindy while I was working as a trainer at Equinox Fitness in Palo Alto, CA. She was an avid cyclist and 'equally avid gym avoider', as she put it. We started working to balance out the super strong lower body, with the less than super strong upper body. About a month into training I told her about a workshop I was going to for something called a kettlebell that looked like a cannonball with a handle on it.
"That sounds dangerous." was her reply. Little did we know how this cannonball with a handle on it would change both of our training plans, and have a profound effect on our lives as well.
Cindy quickly become like a local rock star in the gym and an inspiration to many women who were not finding the results they wanted dancing around in circles and riding bikes that went nowhere. She is still spoken of in whispers, and the Indians in the mountains sing a folk song about her.
Often people will refer to Cindy as a 'natural athlete' or 'mutant'. My feeling about that sort of thing has always been that it's an excuse for those who don't succeed because they don't want to do the work.
The truth is that Cindy is another example (like Todd) of someone who just showed up and did the work. You can be as big a mutant as you want (or bigger!) but if you don't show up and move the weight you're not going to progress. It may not sound like that big a deal, but showing up and getting the job done even when you don't feel like it, or it's raining, or you had a bad day at work, is the line of demarcation between failure and victory.
Below is some video of myself training Cindy in the old Mountain View location. In some circles it was referred to as 'Jordan's teenage dance gym'.


  1. Cindy is a sweet and very engaging person. We met and chatted briefly before the tests on Sunday. Then I spilled coffee on her, and she went off to practice.

    I regret we didn't get to spend some more time together. She was more than welcome to come over for Friday's shindig. If I knew how cool she was, I would have made sure she knew that.

  2. The key there is that she isn't cool until you spill a scalding hot beverage on her. Next time have a thermos with you, just throw it on her and then say 'hello'.

  3. Super Soaker filled with coffee.