I took time recently to interview Sincere Hogan, fellow IKFF member and owner of http://newwarriortraining.com, whom I have always admired as an athlete but as yet have not had the good fortune to meet in person. Since recently we have been training with the same coach, IKFF’s Ken Blackburn, Sincere and I have both discovered a commonality of purpose and experience, and he shared a few thoughts with us here.
1. Sincere, thanks for taking the time for an interview. Watched your video of your ten minute long cycle kettlebell set at the recent Michigan KB competition and was very impressed by your effort. As Ken Blackburn would say, you “left it all on the floor”. Before we jump off the deep end right into your Girevoy Sport training, perhaps you could tell us a little bit about you, and how you got into kettlebells initially.
Thanks a lot for having me, Mark. I really appreciate it.
Ha. Yeah, man. The kettlebell meet in Michigan, where that particular performance was filmed, was probably my most challenging, yet most fulfilling, thus far. I had so much fun at that meet, as I got a glimpse into seeing what direction my new training program was taking me, and I liked what I saw.
As far as my background, I wasn’t the kid who participated in sports, since they came out of the womb. I was the kid who was not afforded the chance to participate in youth sports, until I was in junior high school, due to growing up with severe asthma.
However, as suggested by my doctor, when I was about 10 or 11, I began to participate in organized sports. I’m a true Texan, as football was, is, and will always be my love. Once I began to play football, all of my asthma symptoms dissipated. Growing up in an athletic family, I’ve always felt the need to compete, and to leave my mark, as my other family members have done in whatever sport they participated in.
Somehow, that feeling never went away. Thus, I now use that attitude to fuel me as a kettlebell sport athlete. I’m 38 years young, and training with kettlebells has helped me see that I still have a lot left (and a long way to go), as a competitive athlete.
It’s so funny to even consider myself a competitive kettlebell athlete, when just a few years ago, I initially began training with kettlebells, in order to help rehab a bad shoulder.
2. Football! One of my addictions from living in the ‘States for ten years..but lets not go there today! haha! What made you get serious about Girevoy Sport style kb lifts? Were you daunted by the task at hand when you started serious training? How did you start to prepare yourself?