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Last Second Cyber Monday Gift Set Advice!

Noticed that some of you are putting together some very smart combinations of kettlebells, but not everyone may understand the same gift-giving logic.

If you're in the continental US, then now is the time to take advantage of Dragon Door's sale - it's ending tomorrow at noon central (11/29/16 1PM Eastern). As many of us already know, the cost of shipping a heavy kettlebell or a couple of reasonable sized ones can add up VERY quickly... and the shipping on the large, sturdy and totally worth it freestanding pull-up bar is nothing to ignore. It's heavy and it's oversized.

So! A little last minute, but if you need help putting together what literally could be the package deal gift for someone who's interested in getting serious about their strength, I've prepared a little guide for you.  Please note that the gift "kit" recommendations are my opinions, but that they're based on a lot of experience with the products, ideas, and modalities of RKC, RKC-II, PCC for the past several years training and coaching.

First off! The classic venerable "Which Dragon Door kettlebell do I buy?" chart :

how to choose your first Dragon Door kettlebell

How to Workout with Kettlebells and Do Laundry at the Same Time

The following situation has the potential to cause the following: a fast, challenging workout and a clean load of laundry (I'd recommend putting at least one towel in there so you have a warm fluffy towel for a post workout shower). I really hate chores, but I like to workout... and both need to be done regularly... here's an example of how both can get done at the same time!

Short Kettlebell workout for laundry time

Quick Kettlebell Workout, How to Assemble the Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Pull Up Bar, and More Exercise Ideas

Realized that I should probably space out the podcasts for you! There's two more episodes on the way soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to share a short workout (or what could be the meat and potatoes part of a session) I did last night.

GiryaGirl Blog - Kettlebell workout and how to assemble the Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Free Standing Pull Up Bar

I had limited time because of a bunch of computer related tasks and more importantly a friend was coming over to walk her puppies around my neighborhood (long story, but my neighborhood is way more fun).

Podcast Week? I'm a Guest on the Hammer Shed Podcast & Look What You Can Do with the New Pull Up Bar!!

Hammer Shed Podcast Guest: Adrienne HarveyHurrah! I was a guest on the Hammer Shed Podcast recently, and it looks like the page updated today!  Click here to listen and check it out - it's interesting to be the guest instead of the host, and requires actually being mindful to not snap into "host mode" and start asking the questions... caught myself a couple times, but it seems to have ended up just fine :) There's a lot of great episodes over there in fact, with people you may already know! Bret Hamilton, who was hosting the Hammer Shed Podcast that day is also a PCC Instructor, along with his awesome wife, Megan Hamilton.  The both attended and passed the PCC several months ago in New York.  They both train groups and individuals at Constant Forward Progress gym near Portland, Oregon.  You should also know... that they're hosting an SCC workshop there in February 2017. Hope to see you there! :)

In other news, I managed to assemble (and record an assembly video... which needs to be edited) the new Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Free Standing Pull Up Bar!  I love it!!! :) Was super thrilled and livestreamed some fun goofiness, which will also be edited down and put up on YouTube ASAP.  In the mean time, YES, you CAN flag on it...

I love this thing!!! :) They added a FAQ file to the pull-up bar page today as well - check it out here!

(Belated) Podcast with Logan Christopher Author of Mental Muscle and Owner of Lost Empire Herbs

Podcast Episode #23 Guest Logan ChristopherEmbarrassed that it's taken me this long to finally get this podcast live, because it's just such a fun one! Logan Christopher and I had both presented at the 2nd annual Dragon Door Health and Strength Conference this past summer and had a lot to catch up about. Topics covered include nootropics, herbal supplements, some very wild adventures that Logan had in the Amazon while visiting and learning from native people, the mental component of training, his presentation at the conference, my presentation at the workshop, and much much more. Hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did! You can listen using the video below, stream directly from the podcast site by clicking here. Or subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher and never miss another episode (there's two more in the works already by the way)

BTW, Logan's awesome company (formerly called Super Man Herbs) is now called Lost Empire Herbs. Click here to you'll see many of the items we discuss there. Oddly enough I've actually gotten more accustomed to the Hercules formula and can offer a useful tip - don't mix it with too much water (I drink mine from a very small mason jar half full of water). AND do NOT sniff it before trying to drink it. I even hold my nose!! So much easier... its not for everyone but I like its gentle but intense and long-lasting energy boost and it seems to really help my endurance during a workout. Here's a video on demand recording of Logan's presentation and a link to his book, Mental Muscle

Let's Train in Austin! (2 Fitness Certifications in 1 Weekend!)

SCC and HKCLet's train together in Austin, Texas! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) and HKC (HardStyle Kettlebell Certification) are both coming to Austin in February 2017. You can do one or take maximum advantage--and save more $--by doing both. Hope to see you there. These two one-day workshops are great for trainers looking to upgrade their toolkit, or serious exercise enthusiasts who want to fine-tune their own training.
 

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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Deadlift Dynamite

In paperback or eBook!!! Pavel and Andy Bolton's awesome plan to skyrocket your deadlift progress... there's so many valuable tips in here, that you need to check out the list yourself! 

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