The Doorbuster: An MMA Timing Inspired Workout for Kettlebell, Bodyweight, and Optional Ultimate Sandbag
While I was working on Mike Medrano's interview for Dragon Door last week, the idea of creating a conditioning workout based on the timing of an MMA fight was just too intriguing not to try.
So, on Black Friday in total rebellion of the usual activities most folks were doing, we headed out to the park with a workout I jokingly named "the Doorbuster." Get Ups feature prominently in this workout also because of Mike's interview -- he mentioned that they were especially useful for the MMA fighter as he'd used them tofrom the ground during a fight. Thinking about what I know about the , it made sense -- even to someone who isn't directly involved with MMA.
I really enjoyed talking with Mike Medrano, a recently certified Instructor who is a pro MMA fighter, and also just an all around very cool guy. His lifelong interest in lifting and athletics have helped form his unique year round approach to training. Check out his interview here on DragonDoor.com. In other news, click over to and see if you can play the little game going on. I'll be curious to see how
Just for fun, but it might be handy for you too -- I made a fully customized toolbar for web browsers that will let you find info that's important to you on GiryaGirl.com. There's even a few special general tools built in too (for YOUR Gmail, Click here to install the GiryaGirl Toolbar<, and Amazon Universal Wishlist) for fun and easy internet browsing. The toolbar features a quick link to the main page of Giryagirl.com plus a search for the entire site powered by Google, a one-button quick link to all the workouts and recipes. Also included a link to the newsletter, , and the Blog. Never miss an update :)
This hummus-like Mediterranean-ish, but yet South Western-ish bean dip has been a favorite and often requested recipe of mine since about 2002! It featured in a cookbook/workshop from way back then when I was also vegan. Those times have long past, but I still often enjoy some of the vegan/vegetarian—and sometimes RAW food recipes from that period as they sometimes fall within the lower glycemic range where I like to eat. These days I see the occasional eating of beans as a healthy slow-burn carb source instead of a primary protein source, but it's a good thing.
Pretty sure the people outside the US who read this blog are already shaking their heads in wonder at yet another display of the bizarre "USA Sport" known as Black Friday shopping. Not to worry, I am too. Being 5'3" and not prone to excessive violence means I just shrug and look for deals online. Fortunately this year seems to be bursting with them... and unlike the "doorbuster" items at certain big box retailers, the deals and items listed below are NOT 2nd tier remakes or brands you've never heard of—they are the real deal.