High Jumpin’ Hatfield: The Man, The Myth, The Kettlebell Competitor
CLIENT PROFILE JUMPIN JOHN HATFIELD March 2013
1. How long have you been exercising and what led to to kettlebells?
1. I’ve been doing some form of exercise my entire life. I was soccer player for quite a few years and then I got into running. After quite a few years of not doing anything I got into yoga. My brother introduced me to kettlebells and the RKC. I wanted something that would help me lose my beer and pizza gut. I eventually started doing it everyday.
2. We see you a lot with headphones on at the gym . What do you listen to the most and why?
2. It may come as a shock but I usually listen to Def Leppard, Spin Doctors or Fleetwood Mac. Both of those bands put me in the zone. When i’m lifting heavy i’m usually listening to some sort of metal like Sonata Arctica or Between the Buried and Me.
3. You look totally different than you did less than a year ago. What are the biggest changes you’ve felt since coming to swing?
3. For the most part I feel better about me. My movements are a lot better in everyday life. I feel I can be proud of my body again.
4. You spend a lot of time working on yoga and joint mobility. How has this helped you in training?
4.Yoga for me is a way for me to get to know my body and better and as of late help with my breathing. Knowing my body better helps me know what I can and can’t do as to not hurt myself.
5. What about Stress relief? You seem to be a pretty chill guy. How important is it to slow down in this fast paced world?
5. Its very important to me to be stress free. A big thing for me is reading. I’ll read pretty much anything that seems even remotely good. Its good for the mind and its FUN! I can’t stress how much I love to read. That probably chills me out the most.
6. In the time I’ve known you , you’ve put on over 200 lbs to your deadlift . Do you have any advice for tall and thinner guys like yourself that wish to build muscle?
6. I don’t know much about advice but I can give my experience on how I did it. I asked for help a lot and read up on it quite a bit. I’ve always been a pretty thin guy and I didn’t really want to be that anymore. I am but I am way stronger than I used to be and I acutally have muscle to show for it. It’s a great feeling. Don’t give up and ask for help on the matter.
7. Last week you competed in your first kettlebell competition. How was it and was it what you expected?
7. The competition was the most fun I’ve had in quite some time. I didn’t finish the full ten minutes of long cycle but I did the best I’ve ever done so I’m very happy with that. It was a lot more work than I expected and I found out that breathing was so important. I know what to expect now (that’s it takes a lot more than it looks) and I’ll for sure be training harder for the next time.
8. What’s next for Mr Hatfield training wise?
8. First and formost is to concentrate on kettlebell sport. I want to be very good at long cycle. That’s pretty much a priority at the moment.
9. What keeps you motivated to train ?
9. The biggest thing that keeps me motivated is the feeling I get after finishing a hard workout. There is almost nothing more satisfying. I also want to be in good shape for music festival season, it takes a lot out of you.
10. What is your current nutrition and What are you’re favorite cheat meals?
10. I try not to be very strict on myself or else I’ll probably go crazy. I see a lot of people stressing about calories and whatnot and they seemed stressed. I just try to eat clean foods. I don’t drink soft drinks. Fruit is a big thing for me because I’m a huge snacker and fruit is usually available around my house. Sushi is always a must have at least once a week. I also have a problem with Amerasia because its so delicious. When I do a cheat meal I usually eat a whole pizza.
11. What is your favorite training tool besides kettlebells?
11. I’d have to say yoga. Especially hot yoga. Its very fun and intense at the same time. You want to give in and just sit there but you push yourself and do it anyways. It can be very mind opening and gets the blood flowing as well as helps in my breathing. I was a smoker for many years and don’t want to go back to that lifestyle. It just wasn’t for me.
Were all proud to have John as a big part of Swing This and a friendly soul to everyone here.