FIRST, last weekend was the EncinitasWorkshop, which was FANTASTIC.
Used to be ashamed of this, but after hearing that some other very esteemed top instructors also had the same problem I've gotten over it. And that's an ability to coach and count at the same time. Seeing that the coaching part is more important, I decided to add a couple sets of poker chips to my collection of workout items. One is this very simple plastic box of 100 chips which occasionally comes out to the park with us to help keep track of how many rounds we've done in a circuit, or if there's a "do at least x number of single presses on your own time during today's session" challenge of 10-20 chips per person.
I had a late conference call again last night, and while I hoped it wouldn't go long, you never know with these things. Leading up to the call I needed to get a number of things accomplished. One was that I really wanted to work on some specificprogressions to make sure they were solid for the upcoming . The version of the "Poker Chip Workout" I did last night was a little different than the one you see on the picture, but accomplished what I needed nicely (I practiced more variations of the items listed, adding in a couple of one arm push ups, things like that...) During the time between some of the more max-effort items, I managed to finish up some small household chores too - getting more done in the same time. Can't always do that with the more focused, timed, or high intensity workouts, but it works great for strength challenges.
Have been getting some very fun feedback on this first foray into "iMovie Movie Trailers". Decided to finally start making my YouTube channel a little cooler, starting with it's own little movie trailer below:
Powers of the Get-Up, One HAND Pull Up Tips Via Video, American Ninja Warrior Application Turned In, and Upcoming Adventures
First off, I want to introduce Sebastian Müller, RKC Team Leader over in Germany. I was able to meet him at the 2013 in Sweden (which was so epic that we are all still talking about it...). Anyway, Sebastian has some absolutely great ideas about training, and this most recent he has contributed to the Blog is certainly no exception! While the get-up is both loved and hated (and some people even oscillate between these two feelings DURING the exercise!) it's power and teaching potential cannot be denied. If you are a beginner and a get-up hater, then take a few steps back and just work on the component parts of it. Seriously -- taken as all 7 steps together, as a beginner a few years ago I was totally bewildered and overwhelmed by it. Now? I can do them in my sleep (well ok I can do them before that necessary jolt of morning espresso).
The value of really learning and honing the
Five Things The Turkish Get-Up Teaches You About Life
So... you may have noticed (I hope) that I do not participate in the YouTube program of making $ from commercials on my videos. Instead I've always opted to leave you useful product links in the video descriptions, mention products and things that I like in the videos which I may also be promoting in some capacity. I only promote things I think are cool and that you will probably enjoy too. SO you can look forward to NOT having to see some boring mainstream tv type commercial before any of my videos EVER.
One of the things I most enjoy doing is conducting written interviews for. This has put me in touch with such a variety of inspiring people, and has even made lasting friendships too. Being able to share their stories is an honor that is not taken lightly. The other great thing about the interviews is they often give me ideas about challenges I'd like to try. Sometimes, as in the case of this past week, a good 2/3 of the Thursday small group challenge was from an interviewee (will share that workout AFTER his interview is live) mainly because it sounded like such a great idea and I wanted to see how it would do with my training partners and friends.
You can find all the interviews by clicking right here, by the way... and I will be talking about specific interviews more often from here on out, because these people are SO inspiring and awesome. There's bound to be someone's story in there that will resonate and/or inspire you.
Similarly, yesterday I was VERY much inspired by an extremely interesting interviewee to finally try the SSST (which when you say it over the phone to your training partner is apparently really confusing sounding... HOW many Ss??). Those who know me well, know that thetest is still a mental challenge for me, and something that I actually sort of dread in a recert situation. Seriously, even now. Its much better since they updated the weight classes and added the (which is in my group of "most favorite ") - For women, before there was this massive jump from doing the test with either the or which as my friend and I discussed last night there are worlds, nay UNIVERSES of difference hiding in those 4 kilos... heck there's universes of difference hiding between the and if you're doing 5 minutes of snatching!