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A POWER Pull-Up Tip From a Record Setting 7-Year-Old!

This blew me away. I wasn't even planning on writing a blog post today at all, but when Mike Gillette shared a video on Facebook just now of 7-year-old Marina Shvets setting a pull-ups record for Ukraine on Ukraine's got talent I just couldn't keep this unintended performance tip to myself.  Thank goodness they seem to shoot this show with what seems like 50 different cameras, because across a few brief flashes, I could tell what she was doing.

Here's the video of her knocking out 26 pull ups without dropping down from the bar:

Here's what I learned from watching her... (I also made a video to show what I mean, so you can scroll down to that if you wish haha.  My video is VERY boring compared to her feat... but hopefully you will learn something from it!)

Normally when I do dead hang pull ups, I have my thumb over the bar as a matter of habit and preference...

An Efficient Approach to Dinner for One or Two, or How to Take Full Advantage of a Giant Red Cabbage

Lamb loin chops and red cabbage, delicious dinner

Occasionally I won't share things because I think they're too obvious... only to have a friend say, NO, that's not obvious.  So, if this next idea is too obvious, I apologize!  I've been cooking for one or two for a very very very long time in a variety of interesting cooking circumstances.  All of this has led to really efficient meals almost by accident.  Last night is a perfect example that you may wish to replicate.

First of all, the organic delivery service I use sent a GIANT head of red cabbage last week, and I've been enjoying it quite a bit.  The outer leaves were in such great shape that I was even able to use them as "burrito wrappers" Trim down (flatten) the stem just like you do for collard wraps (click here for collard wrap recipe and how-to video), and then you have this big round wrap ready to go!  People who think the flavor of raw collard is a bit too strong will want to try cabbage leaf wraps for sure.  Depending on the cabbage you have, it even has a hint of sweetness.  And a giant red cabbage has a really great color.

The Power of Simple At-Home Workouts... Example: Sandbag and Pull Up Bar

At home workouts can be super challenging, here's a cool one

Impatient people can click here to skip to the workout and video

A pattern I've seen for years (and have also personally experienced) is that the more advanced you get, the less you really need. While there's always a seemingly human-nature-fueled thirst for gadgets and gizmos, and while new stuff can be motivating and a lot of fun (and I certainly have a first class collection of workout goods) it's important to remember that we can do a whole lot with less, or next to nothing. I can remember a time when I thought I needed specially timed meals, protein shakes and a whole gym full of machines and treadmills to be in shape. Of course the funny part was I always felt like I was still missing something--no matter how many "for women" fitness articles (and watch out, guys... there's plenty of goofiness in your media too) I read or how many times I tried the polite pretty workouts contained within.

Rings of Power by Mike GIllette

Rings of Power by Mike Gillette Cool new book from Mike Gillette about Ring Training for all fitness levels. Being on this shoot with Mike was like working with a real live action hero! (And I got to put a cinderblock on him too!) Mike knows his stuff and shares everything you need to know for his versatile go-anywhere ring training.  Full progressions of every exercise, workout plans, and all the know-how to take the training as far as you wish. Good stuff, and yes, that's me on the left side of the cover  :)


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