“My life is like a stroll on the beach…as near to the edge as I can go.” –Thoreau
Sun worshippers seriously bronzing bikini-clad bodies lazily eye a group of men, women and children gathered down the beach. A tall, painstakingly buff woman stands before them illustrating a series of exercises with a strange looking object. The hard-bodied instructor swings what looks like a cannon ball with a handle over her head, squats and thrusts as her assembly follows suit. Then everybody tosses their black steel object a few feet away and races through the sand to retrieve it.
Another SoCal day unfolds on the sundrenched shores of Santa Monica- –a 3.5 mile stretch of sandy coastline where dolphins frolic in the sparkling sea, boogie boarders ride the waves, serious swimmers plunge in to the frothy surf, skateboarders ply the strand and if it’s Tuesday or Thursday afternoon, Missy Beaver leads a pack of buff wannabes in rigorous ½ hour Kettle Belle classes.
Yes, I said “Kettle Belles”—the hottest rage in weight training that actually goes back to 16th Century Russia when original strong men used them to train for war and gain mutant strength. Weird, almost scary looking, the steel objects weigh between 18 to 118 pounds and when used properly can trim, tone, reduce cellulite, firm butts, melt fat, and whittle the waistline, according to Missy Beaver, one of handful of elite Nike sponsored athletes certified to use Kettle Bells in the US. Kettle Belles have also taken Hollywood’s body-centric by storm thanks to Missy who trains the casts of Nip Tuck and Grey’s Anatomy as well as Katherine Heigl, Ellen Pompeo, Edward Norton, Patrick Dempsey, Maria Bello and others.
While Missy will make house and studio calls she prefers the fresh sea air, wind in her face and soft sand under her feet at her beach front location. “There’s nothing like working out on beach as beautiful as Santa Monica. “It doesn’t get much better than that,” sighed the Indiana native who vacationed there 14 years ago and stayed permanently. The beach environment combined with Missy’s beauty, provides a pleasant diversion during the heavy lifting and hurling of 18 to 53 pound objects—a feat the impossibly fit 5’7” blond haired, green eyed bombshell—with her million dollar smile– does with the aplomb of someone picking up a feather.
Tirelessly active the Belle of Santa Monica Beach swims, plays basketball, plays golf, boxes and body surfs but credits her rock solid body to Kettle Belle workouts.
For a fun, painless (okay Missy confessed it will hurt for the first couple of days) shape up routine in a spectacular oceanfront setting—just show up at Santa Monica Beach—on the grassy area at the intersection of Ocean and the o Strand– at 5 PM on Wednesday or 9:30 AM on Sunday any day of the year. Your first visit is free and then $25 a session there after. And if Missy (Melissa) Beaver is an example, after just a few workouts, no one will ever kick sand in your face. Check her out a www.misfitla.com .