Kenny Kane was raised in fitness. The house he grew up in was literally less than 50 yards away from his family’s business: a fitness club. Working out, playing sports and constant movement were not just part of life – it was the only life as a child.
With a mom in the Swimming Hall of Fame, a grandfather that was the president of the AAU and a father that was an official at several Olympics, Kenny was exposed to innumerable Olympians from a variety of sports throughout his life. Although his mom was a world class athlete, she was and is an even better coach. She has an insane knack for diagnosing human movement and suggesting methods for improving it. A movement Jedi, she understands how the body needs to move for optimum mechanics and performance. Furthermore she taught Kenny early that sport can teach some of the most important qualities in life: hard work, confidence, breath and mind control, discipline, honor, camaraderie, sportsmanship, as well as dealing with success and failure. His family set the stage for a lifetime of athletics, performance and fitness.
Needless to say, high school was a busy time for Kenny. At 15 he earned his Black Belt, simultaneously becoming an instructor. As a sophomore in High School he was often teaching adults double his age. In this environment he learned quickly to hold his ground and command a room, despite lack of age and or life experience. He captained his high school soccer team and was a two time all state soccer player for the Olympic Development Program. So into fitness, he got the “Jane Fonda Workout Challenge” video for his 15th birthday. (As it turns out the video was apparently pretty hard and Kenny would invite girls out to work out with him.) At 17, he started teaching himself hip hop by recording “Yo-MTV Raps!” and repeating every step he saw in the video. The same girls that used to do the Jane Fonda workout with him had now asked him to do hip hop routines for the annual dance show. Somehow, in addition to doing all of this and being Student Body President, he completed two triathlons before graduation.
The university years were just as busy as the high school ones. He went to UC Davis where he played soccer, continued doing triathlons to “stay in shape,” and danced in hip hop shows. At UCD, he picked up one more sport: track.
There he was,walking onto the team without any significant track experience and running under legendary coach Dee Vochatzer, the ’96 US Olympic Coach. During his time at Davis he helped start the UC Davis Aggie Pack. Aggie Pack’s goal was simple: Get people to athletic events and have fun once they got there. Upon graduation Kenny was awarded the Chancellor’s Award of Merit, given to the top 5 graduates of the class. After graduation he led the Aggie Pack to become the largest student spirit organization in the country, with over 5,000 members. To this day professional teams and NCAA programs across the country mimic Aggie Pack methods from the early and mid 90‘s…
His post-collegiate years may have been even more busy than the college ones. From Davis he went on to teach Physical Education and Drama at a school in his hometown. He moonlighted by continuing a decent post collegiate running campaign, competing for both the Nike Farm Team and the Reebok Aggies. This is also when he started stand up comedy in the bay area. 2-3 training sessions a day, teaching kids how to move and perform and learning the art and craft of stand up made for a full life – perhaps too full. After 3 years of teaching he was recruited back at UC Davis for a job in Athletic Promotions that seemed perfect on paper. However, 80 hour work weeks, over-training for the Olympic Trials, total lack of sleep all led to a career ending running injury (torn plantar fascia). As a mentor once taught him: “Breakdown leads to breakthrough…IF you let it.”
Kenny broke through, switched gears, and pursued stand-up because it was the hardest thing he could think to do: Develop an hour of material, polish it and go headline. Through the 2000‘s, Kenny toured the country and world performing stand up. Additionally, he gave motivational talks to high schoolers, college students, and business types about taking the risks to do the things you love. Kenny loves stand up because it is so much like a sport – you prepare for thousands of hours for just a few moments of precise execution, timing, and fearlessness. If you aren’t in the moment, you get tore up… If you are in the moment you are unstoppable!
Teaching people to be in the moment with body and mind is what makes Kenny Kane a great coach. He knows from a lifetime of experience that succeeding and failing as a performer and athlete is just what it takes to commit one’s whole being to something – to truly go for it. He was born to coach. He has trained Olympians, NBA players, Premiere League soccer players, A-list celebrities, Crossfit Games athletes, 9 to 5‘ers, created and run several kid’s fitness programs, coached an adaptive athlete to compete with able bodied competitors, trainer for The CW’s “Shedding for the Wedding,” instructed thousands of hours of hip-hop and martial arts; holds multiple certifications and is a graduate of SealFit’s Kokoro Camp. All of this experience has led to the creation of “The Kenny Kane Training Template”, a mind body training protocol designed to blend the physical and mental demands of training for designated performance outcomes. A lifetime of competing, performing coupled with thousands of hours of teaching a huge variety of things to a huge variety of people make Kenny Kane a unique master coach.