Black Dog Fitness
The inspiration for Black Dog.
He was with us for just two short years and passed away in 2018 at the age of 16. We adopted him from Five Acres Animal Shelter just before his 14th birthday. Oreo and I had an amazing bond and I'm certain he came into my life for a reason. He taught me so much and impacted me in ways I never expected. Senior dogs are just the coolest like that. Oreo showed me patience, persistence and presence.
He loved to go for walks and rides in the car, and for quite some time he also loved to play ball. He sure didn’t act his age when we adopted him. They know. I swear they know. And they soak up every minute of the new chance for love and happiness.
Many years ago I was an active foster. Since then we have adopted several dogs...Colby (Five Acres), Oreo (Five Acres), Samson (Randy's Rescue Ranch), and Tucker (St. Louis County Animal Control & Adoption Center). They all have a story and they all have blessed my life in numerous ways.
Who actually rescues who? I know the answer to that. Life is just better with a rescue animal.
So, why the focus on kettlebell training? Personally, kettlebells have helped me grow stronger, physically and mentally. Kettlebells have shown me discipline and have provided me with the inspiration to be better. I always have something to learn. I enjoy the details. I understand that if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.
I have been a coach since 2011 and a business owner since 2012 (Dragonfly Fitness & Training).
I love coaching kettlebells to both fitness enthusiasts and coaches, helping people get strong, and I feel compelled to give back if and where I can. This is why I started Black Dog Fitness.
Owner, Black Dog Fitness & Dragonfly Fitness & Training
StrongFirst SFG Level II Certified Kettlebell Instructor
Precision Nutrition Certified, Level 2 Nutrition Coach
Precision Nutrition Certified, Level 1 Sleep, Stress Management & Recovery Coach
Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Courses attended/completed: Dark Horse Rowing Pro Course, Precision Nutrition: Nutrition for Metabolic Health, StrongFirst Barbell Fundamentals, StrongFirst Victorious Kettlebell Pressing Course, StrongFirst Strong Endurance by Pavel Seminar, StrongFirst Bodyweight Strength Instructor Certification
Athletes for Animals/Board Member, Second Chance Ranch/Volunteer
“Black Dog Fitness combines something I love...coaching kettlebells and helping others get super strong...with serving a greater purpose, on many different levels.”
We are kettlebell enthusiasts, animal rescue advocates and a business that gives back! I want to help spread the word about pet adoption and donate a percentage of sales and services to local animal rescues and organizations. Since August 2020, Black Dog has donated more than $17,000 to local organizations such as Stray Rescue, CARE STL, St. Louis County SAVE, Second Chance Ranch, Athletes for Animals and more.
Together with Dragonfly Fitness nearly $100,000 has been donated to many different local charities through fundraisers and partnerships since 2012. Dragonfly Fitness now focuses its charitable efforts on two main partnerships, Girls on the Run & CARE STL.