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The "Check In" Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout... and an Introduction to Hylete!

It was time for a benchmark workout yet again.  Small group had been working very hard over the past few weeks.  We've been working out indoors in airconditioned comfort these days and the concern was raised that maybe we were losing our edge.  I am proud to say that we most certainly aren't.  But now we know that the extreme sweat earned is actually earned... not from the oppressive swamplike Florida heat, but from what we're doing--with the added benefit of us being safe from heat and mosquito-related health risks this summer (which as we all know means 10 out of 12 months per year in Florida).   This benchmark workout is not something to necessarily be done for time but more of seeing how we're doing in terms of form, which kettlebells we find ourselves using, and what kind of breaks we need to take in order to maintain peak form.

Here's what we did:

Primal Move Warm Up, The Convict Conditioning Vol2 Trifecta, a little practice with crow and/or headstands then:

  • 20 2-hand kettlebell swings
  • 10 get-ups (alternating sides)
  • 5 kettlebell military presses per side (as heavy as you think you can do 5 GOOD reps on both sides)
  • 8 kettlebell rows per side (same weight guide as presses above... what's the heaviest can you do 8 GOOD reps with?)
  • 10 Pull-ups (dead hang or Aussie, break into sets if necessary)
  • 50 kettlebell swings (single hand alternating or 2 hand -- your choice!)
  • 20 PER SIDE kettlebell front squats (hahaha!)
  • 50 kettlebell swings (single hand alternating or 2 hand -- your choice!)

Then after we caught our breath, we did three rounds of the following for fun:
30 seconds on, 15 seconds rest/transition:

Finally we did a Primal Move cool down, the Trifecta again, AND checked to see how our balance held up with just a little bit of crow stand practice.

It's also the last page in the infamous red Moleskine notebook... at some point when I started that little book of workouts I thought of making it into some sort of prize, not sure yet, because its difficult to read my bad handwriting... hmmm.

In other news, I recently ordered some very fun items from Hylete, and they just arrived.  here's another goofy "unpacking" video.   If you like what you see, check out and get 25% off your first order with this discount code: giryagirl25  You'll also get 20% off for life too!

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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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