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Finding Even More Value with the Bottom-Up Kettlebell Get-Up (and a Workout)

This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now.  Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist kettlebell training definitely kept in handy, but making the mental connection (intellectually of course it was already there) was a fun challenge.  Needless to say I decided to do more bottom-up get-ups the next day.
Bottom-up get-up and H2H kettlebell swings workout

Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the 10kg kettlebell. The handle is thicker than the 8kg, so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings.  Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.

Kettlebell Strength and Mobility Workout with a Pump Stretch Prying Cobra Demo Video!

Once again I'm working with a fairly tight schedule with hard deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, productivity goals, catching up from the move (seriously the glass doors on the cabinets need to go up TONIGHT aggh!), and I'm now taking a 1.5hr Systema class twice a week.  Needless to say I am working on reconfiguring my training.  On the plus side (BIG plus) not sharing a floor with someone's ceiling means training inside at home is now "guilt free".  Woohoo!

Pump stretch - mobility and kettlebells workout

It was Monday night and after taking Sunday off from training (other than some slacklining) I really felt the need to do SOMETHING. This is kind of a bare minimum kettlebell workout, and if you have the time and/or inclination you could absolutely run through it more than once, adding a different mobility exercise between the sets of swings. Note that I punctuated the sets of kettlebell swings with a long time favorite mobility move the "pump stretch" so popular with RKCs - its similar to an up-dog, down-dog, and I also like the "prying cobra" variation especially if it's been a day at the desk. Scroll down a little, I made a video for you too :)

So here's what I did:

EGGS! How to make amazing hardboiled eggs & how to make deviled eggs!

In case you're thinking of boiling eggs this weekend, I wanted to put these posts together for you.  Eggs are awesome anyway, so any excuse to highlight these nutritional powerhouses is a good one!  Hardboiled eggs are a favorite grab and go snack (even at the airport--look for them at the more "gourmet" snack stands and shops).  Just a little salt and pepper and they're fabulous, but if you have a few minutes, a few ingredients, and a ziplock bag, you can make some fairly fancy deviled eggs without too much effort (or cleanup). I love deviled eggs so much I even have a special plate for them now...

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Heavy Kettlebells + Fajitas... A Workout and Simple Cast Iron Skillet Fajitas Recipe

Must admit, I'm really enjoying the lower humidity and slightly cooler weather here at my new place... and even though I was very active before, being able to just go outside and work out with very little fanfare (or audience) has inspired me to do even more. I felt like going pretty heavy with things last night, and ended up surprising myself a little.

48kg Beast Kettlebell

Given that I kept seeing references to the get-up in Systema class on Tuesday--and then of course after reading Dan John's very cool article about the get-up, of course I had to feature get-ups as well. In fact I was feeling pretty energetic and decided to go a little heavy (remember, I'm only about 130lbs, so it's relative) with those too.

First off, I did my favorite basic joint mobility sequence (this is an unlisted video, and I need to make it more fancy, but you know how it goes)  and a few get-ups on both sides without any weight.

In Praise of Consistency, an EMOM Kettlebell Workout and Programming Around Daily Activities

Suddenly having access to a great outdoor training area has inspired me to step up my daily training and general activity level. Thankfully, by this age I've figured out that I can't go "all in" all the time. Recently, there's been a great series of articles by Dan John on DragonDoor.com and the first one (go read all five though) addresses the idea of consistency and continuity in training---and that most of our workouts should be on the medium-low level. This makes a lot of sense to me, especially now as I'm looking to add two days a week (hopefully schedule permits) of an 1.5 hour Systema class. When I took the trial class months ago (when I was considering moving to this area) I was impressed with the wonderful bodyweight and mobility warm-up, and the fact that the training did get significantly strenuous (I judged this by my extreme need for dinner afterwards). Given that class is tonight, I didn't want to show up recovering from a crazy all out bashfest and not be able to keep up with my cool new friends.

12 Minute Kettlebell EMOM Workout

I decided to use my RKC kettlebell Snatch Test weight for my weight class (women's open class 121-135lbs = 14kg) (they update this from time to time, so be sure to check here if you're preparing for an RKC Certification!)

Let's Train in Chicago!

SCC Strength Calisthenics CertificationLet's train together in Chicago! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) is coming to Chicago June 3rd, 2017. Register early to save $50. Hope to see you there. This powerful one-day workshop is great for trainers looking to upgrade their calisthenics toolkit, or for 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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