The Teacher Becomes the Student… by Coach Kimmie

Most weeks, I’m busy prepping/planning/thinking/conniving ways to give my clients and class participants the BEST workouts possible.

My private sessions, although not always written out, have a very specific direction in which they go for each person.

My FUNctional FITness groups are different each class & host a mixture of all things “life-based”, cardiovascular HIITs and some honest-to-goodness FUN! (what’s functional? (

Being able to pick up heavy stuff!

My TRX Core and Sweat classes truly live up to their names!! (what’s TRX?

And my Pilates groups are peppered with functional movements, grunts, groans, sweat, fitness “cues” and sometimes a whole lotta laughter! (what type of Pilates do we offer at Kinesis?


So you can imagine that sometimes, my personal workouts take a backseat and get less than optimum planning, etc.  As a trainer for 19 years (whuuuttt???!!! that’s HALF OF MY LIFE!), I’ve come to not only expect this, but to be ok with it and understand it.  And then, there’s THIS! While at PrimalCon, I learned I tied for 3rd place BEST PERSONAL TRAINER in the Argonaut’s Best of the Westside 2014 issue! Woohoo baby! (what’s the Argonaut? Gratuitous horn-toot 🙂

Best of the Westside 2014!

But this past week, I got 4 workouts in and 3 of them were actually given to me by SOMEONE ELSE! I didn’t have to “come up with” the plan, think about the reps or figure out the premise.  (can you hear those angels singing?!)

Wednesday evening, I got a fabulous (and OMG hard!) Pilates group workout with Ginger Daniels at Kinesis. I’m ALWAYS reminded how hard Pilates is when you do it RIGHT. Not when you do it fast or crazy or “bootcamp-y” but when it’s done from a place DEEP down in yo’ belly… My core was awake for a few days 🙂

Saturday after I taught at Kinesis, DrDawn created a fantastic “garage gym” workout for the two of us at our house.  Sweating it out with deadlifts, push-ups, pull-ups and single leg weighted movements made me so happy! And, it was good relationship time since we don’t get to workout at the same time very often at all.

Exercise keeps Coach Kimmie & DrDawn happy!

And today, I’m excited to take a Yoga Tune Up® workshop.  It doesn’t matter to me what the plan is – it’s just that I get to experience it! (what’s Yoga Tune Up®?

Yoga Tune Up® at Kinesis...

Love these balls!!

It’s been very beneficial to me to have someone else looking at my form, tweaking my movements and TEACHING me this week. Sometimes you’ve gotta sit on the other side of the room to see what you’ve been “missing”…

And remember, just keep it movin’… ~Coach Kimmie


Sharing the Ball-Love…at PrimalCon 2014!

Hello Kinesis Community!

DrDawnDPT and I just returned from an unbelievably amazing FIRST experience at PrimalCon – Oxnard 2014!  We are so excited to have our first large scale “presenting” opportunity under our belts. And what a phenomenal group we had!

We really wanted to share some photos from the weekend, some links to the wonderful people we met and give you insight into what we were doing away from Kinesis 🙂 Mark Sisson is the man behind The Primal Blueprint book and Mark’s Daily Apple. Jaynee Higgott (love you!) is the woman who is responsible for our PConOx experience… These two…what can I say?? Amazing recipes, fun pics and an outstanding attitude towards life and health. Chef Rachel’s Keynote speech was more than amazing. It was truly life-changing… And Dr Dawn is implementing Chef Rachel’s suggestions for achieving and maintaining nutritional ketosis. Darryl is Coach Kimmie’s movement hero. She was so excited to meet, talk and play with this guy! Angelo dela Cruz blends martial arts, fitness, and bodywork skills into his signature movement paradigm – VitaMoves. Dr Dawn is incorporating some of his flow motions into her already popular Yoga Tune Up® classes and they’re a real hit! Bob Montgomery’s company. Check it out! Timothy, the Sledgehammer Guy 🙂 We couldn’t have had such a great event without Jill Miller and her famous Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls! We were so happy to represent and educate people on the amazing effects these little grippy rubber bundles of love can have!

And so many more! Find them in this recap of the event!



Saturday’s Survivor-style Team Challenge!! I was on the end of the board and was REALLY glad I could squat low and reach long!!


Sledgehammer workout!! Y’all may be seeing some of this soon 🙂


Brian Tabor showing off his Slackline skills! (@strongmadesimple)


Angelo (Ninja Warrior participant!!) taking the group through his signature series of movements… Vitamoves.


Saturday night Ocean Plunge and Hot Tub sprint! What a gorgeous night…


Our name tags… Love it!!




As you can see, they fed us VERY well. Paleo/Primal all the way! Never having to ask “what’s in it?” or “how’s it cooked?”


Bob Montgomery of NotSoFast Food Truck in San Diego took very good care of the grill! The PCon crew fed approximately 150 of us twice a day!! Thank you!


Holy wow! Darryl Edwards, the Fitness Explorer out of the UK, easily holding both of us for this outstanding shot! We had such a great time “playing primally” with this guy….


Happy “campers”. It was beautiful weather and we were so excited to be part of this event!


Friday morning, introducing ourselves and our BALLS! We represented for Kinesis and Yoga Tune Up® by educating attendees on self myofascial release.


Darryl’s “world premier” of his new logo for PRIMAL PLAY!


One of the amazing crew, Chris, just playing with his balls… 🙂 He DID actually use them for some great trapezius release!


Brian using the Alpha Ball to release some side seam body parts. Namely the LATS!


Coach Kimmie was SO excited to meet the MerryMaker Sisters Carla and Emma from Australia! They attended a few of our sessions and went home with balls of their own 🙂


Dr D leading a Sunday morning session…


GROK ON, baby! I love my new PrimalCon and Grok shirts!


Chef Rachel had a truly self-healing experience to share. Battling cancer for the last several years, her approach to a more ketogenic-based diet has definitely been a game changer! So glad to meet her!


Mats, blocks and balls!


Coach Kimmie leading a session on Saturday. Rolling out the feet = happier PrimalCon attendees!


Session attendees relaxing a bit between ball rolling sets. Gorgeous skies!!


Gettin’ Trappy with it!! Working out the upper back and shoulder area…


This young man was such a treat to have in sessions. Just a teen, he wanted to attend this year with his parents. High energy, funny ball jokes and here – resting from the side seam/lat work!


Vanessa and her hubby DT brought their baby to PCon this year. He was such a sweetie! Gotta start ’em young! Thanks for posing, Vanessa!


Darryl prepping a group for Primal Play!


Darryl showing off his capabilities 🙂


Carrie Sisson (Mark’s wife) and Karen led meditation groups each morning. Plus, they were presenting and sharing information on “What’s Blocking Your Success?” They were very popular and great teammates for the Survivor Challenge on Saturday morning!!


That’s me in the center 🙂 This is after Primal Playout (instead of WORKout) with Darryl. FUN FUN FUN!


Carla and Emma “holding” Darryl! Looks a little uneven in the workload to me!!


Cyndie and her hubby Justin attended for the first time this year. Cyndie will be graduating from IIN soon and helping people along their nutrition journeys. Thanks for the pose!!


Timothy (UrbanPrimalist on Instagram) and his Sledgehammer group! Crazy, yelling, strength and primal-based movements. Everyone looked like they were having a fabulous time!!


Morning walk from the hotel to the park.