Inaugural Kettlebell Swing-a-Thon raises funds for High Fives Foundation

Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. – On Saturday, Dec. 15 Rebel Fitness Academy hosted an inaugural Kettlebell Swing-a-Thon. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the length of a traditional American workday, trained individuals swung kettlebells with common goals – to get a good workout and to raise money for the High Fives Foundation. In the weeks leading up to the Swing-a-Thon, participants collected pledges either on a “per-swing” basis or as a flat donation, and when the bell rang to start the event everyone was eager to test their physical limits.

“Used properly, kettlebells are the fastest way to tone, tighten and strengthen, which is why they are a staple in our facility,” explains Rebel Fitness Academy owner and trainer Ryan Egan. “Rebel Fitness Academy is excited to use the kettlebell in this marathon-style event, which certainly tested my strength and endurance as well as all of the other participants.”

The morning of the Kettlebell Swing-a-Thon at Rebel Fitness Academy saw 13 enthusiastic participants smiling, swinging and sweating. Among the participants was Olympic ski racer Daron Rahlves, who, along with Rebel Fitness Academy Owner and Trainer Ryan Egan, seemed to set the pace for other participants. Participants stayed fueled and energized with snacks donated by local merchants, and an eclectic mix of music helped participants make it through the long day. The end of the Kettlebell Swing-a-Thon saw each exhausted participant reaching their respective goal and raising the High Fives Foundation nearly $4,000 to be used toward the development of the CR Johnson Healing Center – a program service of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation that provides resources for athletes in recovery from sport-related injuries.

“Nothing brings me more joy than working with a like-minded organization focused on regaining the passion for individuals who have had it taken away as the cause of a tragic event,” says Ryan Egan. “It was an honor raising money for such an organization, and we look forward to working with the High Fives Foundation in the near future.”

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