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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  :)

My First Time Leading a Certification Workshop - Primal Move Winter Park Florida

Its no secret that I'm nuts about Primal Move.  Ever since being introduced to it in Seattle, I've enjoyed adding it to my small group's sessions, and exploring the movements at home. They've had a great effect on my own practice and have added infinite value to my CK-FMS knowledge. And while I was a little nervous to teach the first ever Primal Move Certification Workshop here in Florida—and the first certification workshop I have ever personally led—the awesome vibe of the people who showed up made it a total JOY. Which is really what Primal Move is all about.

Bringing back the childlike curiosity, fun, and adventurousness to our fitness programs can be incredibly powerful. So many times it's easy to get caught up in a fierce, competitive attitude - which can be an effective motivator for many people - but can lead to injury as well. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what most people ultimately want from their fitness program.   It's a similar question to what do most people want for their lives?  Hope I'm not the only one thinking about this stuff... 

Maybe its because I live in Florida and have a lot of older friends, but I think about the long-term repercussions of what I do in my programs.  I also am looking for some fairly simple things in my own life - freedom and prosperity.  Personal freedom by my definition absolutely requires good health, a high level of fitness, and smart time management.  I want to be ready to take on any opportunity or adventure that I can.   I'm not really concerned with doing stunts (though if you subscribe to my youtube channel you might think otherwise), or competing with others.  I want to keep improving my own practice, becoming a better coach, and hopefully inspiring others, regardless of their fitness level.  If you've ever tried to provoke me or get overly competitive and are annoyed at my lack of response, it's because every single day that I am healthy, happy, and living free, I am already winning the big prize.  Everything beyond that is gravy—and believe me there's so much gravy.*

Now, don't mistake my joyfulness and talk of curiosity and fun as weakness.   As anyone who was at yesterday's Primal Move workshop will tell you - this stuff is NOT child's play.   There are some seriously tough moves, transitions, and strength requirements for the intermediate and advanced movements.  Heck - some of the very basic moves can be difficult - physically and neurologically, but the rewards of practice are HUGE.  Besides, it looks cool when you start to improve the moves - let's admit it - we all want to look cool.   I do!!!!  

The 8 hour workshop seemed to just fly by - we had a LOT of material to cover - both in lecture form and in hands on let's try it out, let's work with it form.   Yellow notecard meant "talking" pink notecard meant "doing."   (A derivative of one of my goofy catch phrases "Less Talking, MORE DOING!") and as everyone can attest, yesterday there was PLENTY of doing.   There's just so much great stuff - and nearly infinite possibilities with the Primal Move system - which is one of the reasons that I just love it.   When we did one of our last game sessions of the day, I was incredibly impressed with the way that everyone was able to remember, adapt, and work with small flows of multiple movements - on the fly!   Even though people were getting tired and stuffed full of information, they were remembering, sequencing, challenging, laughing, learning from each other, retaining, and demonstrating a high level of understanding of the material already!  Granted, the people who attended were some of the top trainers in their areas, and definitely braniacs.   Anyway... this was an incredible experience for me as an instructor, and I can only hope to do this more and more - improving every time.   A huge thank you to everyone in attendance, and Dragon Door for these incredible workshop opportunities.

I'm going to go make some Primal Blueprint pumpkin muffins now, and finish up some writing tasks.  Want to make some pumpkin muffins too?  Check it out below (recipe starts at 2:11):


Any other Gen-Xer's remember that one?


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