My name is Kenny Albert, also known as Kenny Cloudkicker in the world of flat-track Roller Derby. When I started playing Derby in 2009 I found out very quickly like many others have, that it starts out as a hobby but soon becomes a lifestyle. It allowed me to travel, meet a lot of awesome people from all over the world and has inspired me to do things outside of the sport that have improved my way of living, the most significant being my health and fitness. Inspired my teammates I began going to the gym and working out 5-6 times a week.
Another passion of mine is my LOVE for Heavy Metal ever since my mother showed me Black Sabbath and later by my cousin who had me listen to a lot of Metal bands, such as Metallica, Megadeth, Overkill, Sepultura, and Testament. This would eventually lead to going to a countless amount of concerts, running the Metal department of my college’s radio station, and using it has vehicle to deal with the harshness of everyday life.
The idea to start a blog came shortly after I had lost my job for the 3rd time in 2 years (I’m not a doctor, but I don’t recommend it) and was trying to keep myself busy with whatever I could find so that I wouldn’t go absolutely crazy while I was looking for a new job. A good friend of mine had recently started a new blog and I could tell that he had a lot of fun doing it. After reading through a bunch of other blogs I figured I’d give writing a try since I talk about Roller Derby, weightlifting, and music everyday.
In August 2016 I retired from Roller Derby after almost 7 years due to injuries and to better focus on my personal life. It was very difficult decision to make but for the first time in a very long time I was putting myself and my health above everything else. A few months went by and I began to miss the sport and the community which drove me in 2017 to once again volunteer for a local Women’s Roller Derby where soon after was voted on as Assistant Coach of their B-Team.
Since retiring I continued to work on not just my physical health but my mental health as well which led to being diagnosed at the age of 34 with Aspergers Syndrome, a learning disorder associated with Autism that I apparently had been living with my whole life. Before being officially assessed I began researching Aspergers and the more I found out the more I started to believe that I actually had it so when the test confirmed it I wasn’t incredibly surprised.
I hadn’t been writing for quite some time since Derby retirement and wasn’t interested in writing about coaching so I decided to revamp this blog from “Far Beyond Derby” to “Heavy Metal Therapy” where I would share how Heavy Metal (as well some non-Metal gems) and Weightlifting continue to be the 2 main therapeutic outlets for me to combat Depression, Anxiety, and coping with and learning more about Aspergers.
So I hope you’ll follow me and read along as I continue my journey for fitness and inner peace while listening to a lot of loud heavy music and lifting a a whole lot of weights!