Everything I have achieved in athletics I credit to superior training. I am 5’10 and weigh around 205 lbs. I am a former high school football player and wrestler. I won some Greco-Roman and Freestyle State Championships, was named all-American, and was a nationally ranked Greco-Roman wrestler while in high school. After high school I received a scholarship to wrestle at the University of Indianapolis where I graduated cum laude with a physical education degree. I developed my talent in wrestling from training hard with weights and from learning from the good coaches and partners who taught me what hard work was really all about. However, I would have been a much better wrestler then if I had known what I know now which is one reason why I am so passionate about kettlebell lifting.
After college I began a 10 year powerlifting career that ended with winning a USA Powerlifting national bench press championship, making the USA powerlifting national bench press team, finishing 5th in the world championships in Hungary, and setting an all-time state bench press record of 620 lbs. in the 242 lb. weight division. Although I do not compete in powerlifting at the present, I do train hard with kettlebells and I can honestly say I feel stronger and better conditioned now than when I was competing in wrestling or powerlifting. In 2007 when I finished competing in Powerlifting I lost 50lbs by lifting KB's daily. I went from weighing 250 lbs to 200lbs using only Kb's with no running! (See pics below)
I teach and coach at a very large and successful high school on the southside of Indianapolis called Center Grove High School. The conference we compete in (the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference) has been rated by some as the toughest overall sports conference in the Midwest. Our conference turns out numerous division 1 scholarship athletes every year and many who have gone on to compete at the professional level. Last year Max Preps ranked our football team the 13th best in the country, and USA today ranked our conference the 5th toughest football conference in America.
Our teams since joining the MIC in 1996, have won 33 (individual and team) state championships and 31 (individual and team) state runners-up. This past year alone we won State Chamionships in Football, Boys Soccer and Girls Softball. Over the past few years our athletes have accomplished the following: football state championship, boys soccer state champions, boys track state champions, softball state championship, boys volleyball state championship, individual and team boys tennis state championships, Girls Tennis doubles State championship, Boys team and individual golf state championship, boys wrestling individual state champion and all American, multiple individual girls swimming state championships and state runners-up, girls swim team state runners-up, girls individual cross country state champion, girls individual all-around gymnastics state champion, girls volleyball final four, boys weightlifting state champions, two of our high school swimmers swam in the Olympic trials and one of them placed 1st in the Pan American games. Also in just the past 15 years 1 have had 100's of athletes receive college athletic scholarships in various sports. These numerous accomplishments are attributed to the kettlebell workouts we do and simply outworking our opponents.
I use one system based on the RKC with Olympic and Powerlifting to train between 500 and 600 athletes every semester in 25 different male and female sports. I run the strength and conditioning class during the school day, the after school S & C program, and a summer S & C program for all athletes in grades 9-12. Every athlete in every sport trains with kettlebells in class, or after school, or both. My athletes and teams are dramatically increasing their performance through kettlebell training.
Carrie Pogue is a Certified Russian Kettlebell (RKC) Instructor & the Assistant Strength Coach at Center Grove High School. She enjoys coaching the 5:15 am class at the School of Strength and developing diverse workouts which allows her to use her creativity. Carrie began lifting kettlebells in 2011 under the guidance of Coach Mills. She was hooked from her first class. Carrie is also a wife & mother of 2 children; a son and a daughter. Understanding that balancing families & careers can be difficult, Carrie recognizes the importance for parents to take the time to care for their mental and physical well being. She believes having fun through physical activity is vital to improving health and overall wellness. Carrie was a standout Volleyball player was on an IHSAA State Runner up team while in High School.
George Boots is a a Firefighter with the Wayne Township Fire Department in Indianapolis, IN and resides in the Center Grove area. George received his StrongFirst KB Certification through Russian KB Coach Pavel Tsatsouline. He is also certified as a Peer Fitness Trainer through the International Association of Firefighters, a Personnel Trainer through A.C.E. and earned his HKC with Dragon Door in October of 2011. He believes that through Kettlebell Training that a person will achieve the "Functional Fitness" they have been looking for. He looks forward to helping you achieve your fitness goals through hard work, sweat and more hard work! He is also serves as a source for your nutritional needs through Beverly International.
Name: Scott Meek
How long I have done kettlebells: Since May 2011
How long I have been certified: Since October 2012
Classes I help coach: Tues./ Thurs. 6 PM Bootcamp and Power Club
Favorite kettlebell exercise(s): Clean, Battling Ropes, Turkish Getup
Favorite thing about Bootcamp: Witnessing people do things they never thought they would be able to do
“Words of Wisdom”: Use every workout as an opportunity to make yourself better than the day before. Start with the end in mind and appreciate small changes!
Jeremy Hartman is a high school strength and conditioning coach in Indianapolis, IN. He has been a competitor in the USAPL/IPF since he first started powerlifting. His national accomplishments include a USAPL Teenage National Championship and best lifter award, 4 Collegiate/Jr. National Championships and best lifter (1 of only 5 people ever to win 4 in a row), 2008 Men’s Open National Champion, and 2x Deadlift Competitor at the Arnold Sports Festival-finishing 4th place in 2008 and 2009. His international experience includes being a member of 2 Jr. World Teams; traveling to Koscian, Poland in 2003 and finishing 4th all-around, in 2005 he was a bronze medalist. Jeremy finished 4th at the IPF Open World Championsips in 2008 in Canada and included a 523lbs. bronze medal bench and 782lbs. gold medal deadlift. His last meet was at the World Games in July, 2009 in Taiwan where he finished 7th out of the best IPF lifters in 198lbs. and 220lbs. weight classes combined. PR’s include a 733lbs. squat, 523lbs. bench, and 782lbs. deadlift all while weighing under 220lbs in the USAPL/IPF.
Click on the link below to read about Jeremy and his training and powerlifting accomplishments:
Grant "Rufus" Gardis
If you are a middle school or high school sport coach, one of the biggest problems is that you can’t pick and choose (recruit) what kids come out for your program. The only way that you help improve your situation is by taking it by the horns and start developing the kids in your system to be better athletes. Using the principles of LTAD and building a foundation of Physical Literacy, you can make your team more competitive by making your athletes better and building more depth in your program.
In 1980, Rufus got his first coaching job at a small, Catholic high school in Indianapolis as an assistant football coach. He soon came to the realization that the school administrators weren’t much interested in sports and didn’t care whether they won or lost. He soon came to the realization that he had to build his own athletes out of the ones he was getting. So the search began as athlete development.
For the last 20 years or so, Rufus has been involved in training young Olympic Weightlifters for USAW. Over the years several of his young have won medals, including Gold, at various Jr and Youth USAW National Championships. Rufus’ main area of interest is working with young kids in developing into athletes using the principles based on LTAD and Physical Literacy.
Click the link below to read an interview Coach Gardis gave for IFast: