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Come to the 1-Day Strength Calisthenics Certification in Houston

Come to the Houston, TX SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) workshop I'm leading in April! It's a ONE day, entry level version of the PCC (Progressive Calisthenics Certification) and we're cramming a LOT into these one day events. SCC is especially useful for those of us who work with beginners and everyday athletes who aspire to build a STRONG foundation for all their activities, sports, etc. You'll learn how to use and teach powerful calisthenics exercises which do not require a gym or special equipment. If you are a trainer who is highly mobile or does in-home training, then absolutely check this out... Imagine showing up with maybe a mat and not much else... and delivering INSANE results for your clients/students. Let me show you how!!! See you in Houston - Click here to sign up today!

Ladder and Quartet: a Kettlebell Workout

After hearing reports from friends, and seeing what was up with their FOOD JOURNALS, I was inspired to make a particularly... "interesting" workout for the small group.   Emphasing yet again the basics, and practicing a few new things which are very important auxillary exercises.

First, we begin with a joint mobility warm up largely derived from Pavel's DVD, Super Joints.  Really a big fan of these joint mobility exercises.  Performed correctly, with the right intention and respect to the movements, and to our own bodies, they are a fantastic way to get into the mental space of the workout.   And of course, they also prepare the body for working with kettlebells.  Remember, don't just "make the shape, DO the exercise."   Trying to do more than one of the mobility exercises at one time not only looks incredibly silly, it causes you to miss the entire point of the warm up - both mentally and physically.   Continue to warm up with 10 moderate weight kettlebell deadlifts, and a few "slingshots" (aka "around the worlds").

Now... it's time for a descending ladder!  Complete it in a reasonable amount of time, but always take breaks when you need water, or a few extra breaths.   It's not a race to see who is done first, and there's no excuse for sloppy form.  

Take a short break.   During the break I broke down a few aspects of the low windmill and the kettlebell halo.  We practiced each movement and did several practice reps.   Next we reviewed the kettlebell "figure 8"  And I set up the following intervals on a gymboss timer:

20 seconds on, 10 seconds "rest/transition" - for 8 total rounds - we alternated between the figure 8s, and the RKC version of the plank.   This is obviously not for wimps!

Finally, a little quartet for four stations:

30 seconds on, 15 seconds rest/transition:

  • Station 1: Battling rope throws (simple up/downs)*
  • Station 2: Burpees
  • Station 3: Russian Twist (choice of kettlebells)
  • Station 4: Kettlebell Swings (choice of moderate weight kettlebells)

Complete enough rounds for everyone to perform each exercise at least twice.

Finish up with joint mobility and plenty of water.   Good times! :)


* Substitute with double kettlebell cleans and presses if a rope is not available, OR handstand practice, etc.

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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2. The Book of Est Luke Rhinehart
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Brand new resource with fully up to date kettlebell training information --everything from the beginner basics all the way to highly advanced techniques.  Program design, sample workouts, and all the theory you need to construct your own plan for your own training or for your personal training clients.  An absolute MUST HAVE for all current and aspiring RKC and HKC instructors. FINALLY an updated resource is HERE!

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