Cavemantraining Team Member: Taco Fleur

 

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Introduction

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Welcome! My name is Taco Fleur, that’s not a nickname, it’s my real name, I had a lot of fun with it throughout my life, but it’s my name and I wouldn’t change it for the world. I’ve always looked at it like, you make fun of my name? It just puts you down, not me. I currently live in beautiful Italy, the area of La Spezia, Lerici, I’m 46 years of age and getting fitter and stronger every year, I don’t tend to change that perspective either. Age is just a number.


My personal bests are:

  • 400 burpees in one session and under an hour
  • 1-hour marathon long cycle with 16kg completed
  • 45-minute long cycle with 20kg completed
  • Half marathon half snatches completed
  • 500 snatches, 500 swings and 500 double unders in one session
  • 200 unbroken swings with a 28kg
  • 1,501 most kettlebell swings in one session with a 28kg
  • 11,111 most total swings done in 28 days with a 28kg kettlebell
  • windmill with a 40kg kettlebell
  • 36kg kettlebell bent press
  • 40kg jerk
  • strict press 32kg kettlebell
  • lugged a 16kg kettlebell on a 3-day hike
  • 200 pull-ups in one session
  • 160kg dead lift
  • 250 alternating dead clean and presses in one session with 20kg
  • Rank 2 in kettlebell sport
  • 200 unbroken clean and jerk with 20kg
  • lugged a 16kg up to the highest mountain 3,479 m in mainland Spain (first kb up there ever)

 

But as always, none of that really matters, it’s about how well I bring across my knowledge and how I’m able to break down complex things and create step-by-step progressions. I’m not too fuzzed on numbers and achievements, it’s about what I can do for others. To be truly happy in life one should focus on building up others, of course, one has to build themselves up first before doing so.

 

 

PROFESSIONAL

Owner of Cavemantraining.com

Author of 10+ kettlebell books on Amazon, also available as a direct download in our kettlebell book section.

Creator of 5+ kettlebell courses on Udemy.

Creator of 4 online kettlebell certifications.

 

Business Goal

To create one of the best online fitness communities and to provide some of the best online kettlebell training education available while keeping important things in mind like WHY and HOW, rather than just the ‘how’.

 

Taco Fleur

Qualifications

  • Russian Girevoy Sports Institute Kettlebell Coach
  • CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
  • Qualified CrossFit Judge
  • IKFF Certified Kettlebell Teacher
  • Kettlebell Level 2 Trainer
  • Kettlebell Science and Application
  • MMA Conditioning Level 1
  • MMA Fitness Level 2
  • MMA Fitness Level 1
  • BJJ Purple Belt
  • Punchfit Trainer
  • Plyometrics Trainer

 

Experience

  • Analyst
  • Programmer
  • Graphic designer
  • Video editor
  • Group fitness
    • CrossFit
    • Caveman Training
    • Cross Training
    • Kettlebells
    • Boot Camp
    • Interval Training / Tabata
    • Circuit Training
    • Strength Training
    • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Gym owner
  • Project management
  • Blogger
  • Personal training
  • Social media
  • Search engine optimization
  • Entrepreneur
  • All-round IT nerd

 

 

Achievements

1987 → Ran a newspaper route at age 14

(bloody oath yeah, that’s an achievement, you don’t see or hear of this anymore these days due to stupid laws which prevent teenagers from experiencing what it’s like to work for money and have responsibilities)

1989 → Joined the military (Dutch Royal Airforce) voluntarily at age 16

1996 → Moved to Spain

1997→ Opened first IT business with no prior experience

1998 → Walked the Camino Del Rey when it was still worth doing and dangerous

1999 → Swam through the Camino Del Rey (El Chorro) from start to end

2000 → Went canyoning in the Sierra Nevada

2000 → Went canyoning in the Rio Verde

2001 → Created an awesome son

2001 → Moved the family to the other side of the world, Australia

2003 → Opened second IT business

2004 → Opened our first fitness business

2005 → Ran up Mt Warning in Australia

2006 → Participated in the 100k Bribie Island Multi Sport race

2007 → Participated in Hells Bells 24 hour adventure race

2009 → Opened our first gym

2009 → Started Cavemantraining

2010 → Opened the second gym

2010 → Completed Tough Mudder (the toughest event on the planet, but not really)

2010 → Muay Thai amateur fight

2011 → Competed in several BJJ tournaments, obtained Gold and Silver

2011 → Trekked up Mt Sapa, the highest mountain in Vietnam

2014 → Moved the family to Vietnam

2014 → Opened third gym in Vietnam

2015 → Moved the family to Thailand

2015 → Moved the family to Spain

2019 → My son moved back to Australia

2020 to present → The wife and I moved to Italy, and are turning Cavemantraining in one of the most recognized names when it comes to kettlebell training education

 

 

PERSONAL

I describe myself as a down to earth unconventional fitness coach with a sarcastic sense of humor who goes against the grain, I’ve never been a follower, I’ve never been afraid to be controversial, I’m not scared to admit when I’m wrong, I put honesty first, and always keen to learn more.

 

 

I don’t believe in the way majority of society currently operates, I’ve never been able to blindly be a follower and believe everything I’m told, I have to explore, I have to see for myself what is possible and not. I’ve learned a long time ago that if I believed what the media tries to force-feed me that I would be a very unhappy and unhealthy person right now. Instead, I’m a very happy and healthy person who enjoys life and does not watch or read the news.

 

Taco and AnnaThe most important things in my life are my family (wife, son, father and rascal of a Frenchie), kettlebells, mountains, waterfalls, forests, and anything fitness related. I love everything I do, it’s not working to me, it’s my life, I love working with people, see them progress and reach their goals.

 

I don’t easily take anybody’s word for it, I like to experience things myself, I do my research, and when I do, I make sure I read a lot of peoples opinions rather than just one. I suggest anyone do the same, don’t even take my word for it, I can be wrong too. When I am, pull me up on it.

 

I don’t like just one style of music, I like many good songs across different genres, opera, classical, 80’s, 90’s, dubstep, hard rock, heavy metal and more. I don’t care in what category it is, I care about it speaking to me, and getting enjoyment from it.

Like with my music, my training is the same, although I favor the kettlebell more than anything else, there is no particular style I’m attached to, there are things I like and things I don’t like from each style, I take what I like and create my Caveman style. Like with my running, I can’t run the same path every day, I get bored, so I switch it up, not only does this prevent me from getting bored, I think it helps me learn more and more about many and a variety of things.

I also don’t like cults, or groups of people that go, do it this way only or you don’t belong here. Not pointing any fingers, just saying.

 

I like to wear shorts, shirt, and flipflops (thongs as the Aussies say). Actually, I prefer not to wear a shirt if at all possible, not to show of, just for the free feeling, I wear no jewelry, no watch, and hate shoes as they ruin your feet. Of course, I need to wear shoes, and when I do, the only shoes that go on my feet are the Reeboks with a wide toebox or minimalist shoes. I shave my head, not to look mean, but because I enjoy the freedom and not having to worry which way it’s combed or how hard the wind blows.

 

I like to be free, I co-operate with many people,
I don’t just take, I also give and sometimes just give without taking (although that seems to get me in more trouble than anything else).

 

I rather talk and resolve issues than avoid them,
don’t like holding grudges, and forgive people when they apologize.

I don’t do onto others what I don’t like done to myself.

 

I can take a joke! Even if it’s about me.
But let’s put that in context.

If the joke is made with no harmful intentions, I’m all for it, the problem is, sometimes you just don’t know, sometimes you didn’t sleep well and wake up on the wrong side of the bed, sometimes there are other factors involved that don’t make you see the fun of it, but I can honestly say that in general I can take a joke and take no offense. I too take the piss sometimes, and when I do, it’s all in good fun, I make fun just about anything, kettlebells, crossfit, hardstyle, softstyle, you name it. With that said, if you’re not sure about my joke or I have taken offense to your joke, have a chat with me, we’ll get it sorted.

 

I don’t pay much attention to haters, it seems the more you have,
the more successful you are. Usually, they make themselves look stupid so there really is no need for me to do anything. You’ll see them huddle up together and talk smack while everyone on the outside looks on and goes “wow, didn’t know you were that kind of person”.

 

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