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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  :)

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Revisiting a Kettlebell and Bodyweight workout: Intermediate-Advanced level AND what's inside a Skulpt AIM!

Intermediate-advanced kettlebell and bodyweight workout Feb 2018

It happened again - I wrote a workout for an advanced/intermediate-advanced client then really really wanted to do a version of it myself.  Upped the weights here and there, but kept the rep ranges pretty much the same. Slight modification to work around the old school Pavel pull-up program I dusted off for the season (more about that in a few more weeks time when I will have news to report.)

Before beginning the actual workout, I did an abbreviated set of joint mobility exercises before beginning the assigned sets of pull-ups for the day (which were alternated with small chores) That particular day's assignment was 9,8,7,7,6 dead hang pull-ups, "tactical" grip of course (no thumbs) and on the Dragon Door pull-up bar with its gnarly thick bar. Humbling if you've got smaller hands.

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Strength Pyramid: A Simple Kettlebell and Calisthenics Combination

Strength Pyramid Workout

Couldn't resist using this neat photo of the pyramid at the Louvre. Having recently become 41, I remember seeing this interesting structure during its construction (I was VERY young, maybe 7 or 8 at the time). The massive excavation was fascinating, and I would only see the completion of it many years later in the late 90s. "Oh, so that's how it turned out!" The sense of scale is lost in photos.

We all know that a pyramid is a very strong and stable structure. The shape can also inspire challenging workouts. Unlike a ladder format, where the reps build each set, the pyramid adds reps, reaches a pinnacle then subtracts reps from each set. I like to use pyramids in my own workouts and programming and also for my clients. Particularly with interesting and reasonably challenging moves like upper body pulls and presses (though usually not at the same time).

Pyramid workouts are not just for strength moves either, Master RKC Phil Ross has a formidable pyramid of kettlebell snatches that is humbling to say the least. You may be tempted to try and add up the total reps for the workout before attempting it, but I'd encourage you to wait until you've completed it first! (While there's a warm-up and particular context for his workout, the basic gist is to start with one kettlebell snatch on the right, then one on the left, two on the right, two on the left.... all the way up to 10 and then back down. While that doesn't necessarily sound too bad to those of us well acquainted with the RKC kettlebell snatch test, I can assure you that 2nd set of 9 reps on the way back down is a meanie.)

Stuck Indoors? Here's a Bodyweight Only Coordination, Strength and Cardio Workout!

Indoor or Travel Bodyweight Only, No Equipment Needed Workout

As much as I hate to admit it, when the weather outside gets below freezing, I'm much less likely to work out outside.  Then, one of my clients emailed asking for an indoor alternative to her regular outdoor activities. This workout is one that I created for a small Upper West Side Manhattan gym where I led classes for a week pretty much for the heck of it. (I wanted to get out of town for a bit, and my friend up there needed an extra trainer... While I had no intentions of moving up there and taking the job, he accepted my offer of leading most of the group classes for a week so he could interview people).  Finally, I was able to spend a big chunk of time in NYC, have fun, visit friends, and most shockingly of all... break even. That's the story of the "NYC Workouts eBook" which is a collection of all the group sessions I led up there during that time.

Anyway, here's one of the bodyweight only workouts you can do indoors and which is essentially self-scaling. If this looks "easy" to you, make sure you're working hard enough! :)

Happy New Year - Here's to a Great 2018!

There's a lot of fun, changes, and improvements coming to GiryaGirl.com in 2018, thanks for reading and interacting since 2009! :) If you have 18kg and 20kg kettlebells, bring them out to play today! :)

Best to you!
Adrienne

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