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Breanne Curran

AASDN NS, CHHC, NSCA CPT, HKC DVRT, FMS

Meet KB instructor Breanne Curran

A personal trainer, Breanne found kettlebells in 2007 at just the right time. Grappling with trauma both physical (a severe hamstring tear from sprinting stairs and boxing) and emotional (supporting her then-husband through culinary school while caring for her young nephew after her sister was hospitalized), she needed low-impact exercise that would help her relieve stress.

Kettlebells—and Kettlebility—hit the bull’s eye.

“When I put my hands on a bell, I learned that the rest of the world goes away,” Breanne says. For six years, Breanne took twice-a-week classes at Kettlebility. She used kettlebells to train her own students. But when Breanne moved and started training at a different studio, closer to home, her form started to fall apart. She returned to Kettlebility for private coaching with Andrea in 2017. She started teaching at the studio in fall 2019.

Long and lean, Breanne is a former cross-country runner. She insists she’s not a natural athlete, but rather a tenacious learner. While endurance comes naturally to her, strength does not. She thinks facing her own strength challenges helps her be a better instructor.

“I have to practice hard for a long time and stay patient and practice forgiveness,” she says. But for Breanne, the mental and physical benefits of the bells make the hard work worthwhile. “It’s kind of like a surfer might feel when they touch the water. Everything goes quiet, my body relaxes. I have clarity and happiness—and I have fun.” Breanne adds: “They help calm my nervous system and improve my mood: They are my anti-depressant.”

Her certs include SFG 1, GFM1 &2, FMS 1, DVRT (Dynamic Variable Resistance Training/ Sandbags), NSCA Certified Personal Trainer.

The Tenacious Breanne is still chasing the Strong First Bodyweight cert. (She’s twice completed the two-day course—still working on that pesky required one-arm push up.) She holds a B.S. in Society and Justice from the University of Washington. She earned her nutrition specialist designation from the American Academy of Sports Dieticians and Nutritionists and earned her holistic health coach certification after attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

7 Questions with Breanne

  1. Favorite health food you couldn’t live without:

Cacao!

  1. Favorite non-health food you couldn’t live without:

Goat Milk Ice Cream (can’t have cow dairy)

  1. Favorite KB technique:

Turkish Get Up

  1. Proudest moment:

When my nephew told me that he finally feels free, after a breakdance competition. He worked super hard on his skills and practiced every day.

  1. Who are your heroes?

People who are super honest, own their story, struggled big and teach others how to learn more, show up better and be vulnerable. My neighbor mom, Mary Foster, who raised me. Thought leader Eckart Tolle, who almost lost his own mind and became a guide for others to understand their own minds better. My good friend Colleen, who taught me how to get over myself and show up better for my nephew. And, Andrea U-Shi Chang – for staying patient and believing in me 🙂

  1. What’s on your bucket list?

Get SFB and SFGII certified. Live in a hut on a beach, surf and peace out for a month. Buy an amazing sexy sportscar and drive manual like a pro! Breakdance well.

  1. Your mantra?

“Know Better, Do Better.”

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