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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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Here's What I Think About Dan John's New Book, The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge!

Dan John's The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge Book Cover

Was so proud to see that Dragon Door chose to include my endorsement of Dan John's book (out on eBook TODAY, paperback is coming in about 6 weeks) on the promo page and within the book itself. Here's how I feel about the book and how much I would recommend that you check it out if you are even vaguely interested in kettlebells!  If you love working with kettlebells or are an instructor, then this is pretty much a "must have". While it's easy to dismiss the HKC skills as for "beginners" that's a big mistake. Every time I revisit these solid basics, my training and my students' and clients' training improves too.

ANYWAY here was my response to the pre-release version of the book (which from what I can tell is the exact same as the ebook that went live today!


Much like the HKC itself, Dan John’s new book drills down to the absolute essentials of kettlebell strength and conditioning. Ultra practical, the HKC book includes all the necessities, how to use them, plus how to create programs for nearly any fitness level or athletic need.

While some may think that the three exercises of the HKC, the Swing, get-up, and goblet squat can’t possibly be enough, after 7 years as an RKC, and 6 as an RKC-II, Dan John’s HKC book has inspired me to simplify my training, and that of my clients—with great results. The “basics” are so important to Hardstyle kettlebell training, and this book doesn’t just make the case, it shows you exactly how to implement these crucial basics for any level, too.

I would recommend this book for kettlebell instructors and enthusiasts at all levels.

Adrienne Harvey, Senior PCC, RKC-II, CK-FMS


The ebook version from Dragon Door is in PDF form, click here to buy it with instant download. It's also available on Kindle! :)

For an emoji summary of how I feel about the book, see below:

An Under 25 Minute Stacking Kettlebell Workout! Intermediate Level

Sub 25 Minute Stacking Kettlebell Workout on GiryaGirl.com

There's always a few interesting moments in a stacking workout - the first is usually a false sense of security, or the quickly fleeting thought that you might have chosen a kettlebell that's a little too light. Cherish these moments, because a few minutes (or for some, seconds) that same kettlebell may feel mysteriously waaay heavier.

Because I wanted to go straight though, and because recent Dan John articles have inspired me to think up more "one kettlebell workouts" I ended up doing the workout below with the kettlebell I would use for the RKC Snatch Test, the 14kg kettlebell - that is unless I hit another bogo sushi night with the neighbors then I might need to start using the 16kg. But with a stacking workout, when in doubt, go light!

Backyard Challenge! Using Everything in a Sequence

Crazy Backyard Challenge! Earlier today I was training someone with kettlebells and had also brought out a very cool pair of custom made paralettes from Ryan Pitts of Stronger Grip. They are excellent for l-sits as well as slightly raised push-ups (we even sometimes do push up walks up and down the two of them). Later I set up the slackline, then decided to get out the throwing knives and throwing stars, and then the Neuro-Grips, and, and... realized I had managed to drag out a whole bunch of stuff into the yard.  Before bringing everything back inside, I thought it might be fun to create a couple of non-stop sequences that used nearly everything in some way, and that kind of traveled from piece to piece.  So here we go!

I should also share the workout from earlier which was inspired by Zach Even-Esh's awesome book, The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. My new client is already extremely athletic, and the ideas in his book are great for the current situation. Especially since they really work on not just strength, but power.  I love working on power, but that's a dicussion for another time. Short version: being able to generate power is super useful for all kinds of things in life.

Falling into a Low Carb Canned Salmon Recipe Rabbit Hole

Sunday night after coming back from going to dinner with friends I noticed when cleaning up in the pantry that I have been buying--but not USING some very high quality canned salmon. I've been accidentally stockpiling it in fact. Shame on me. Some of it was definitely expensive too, especially considering we're talking about a canned product.  All of it is high quality wild Alaskan salmon, including a few cans of red sockeye salmon that I am especially looking forward to eating.

The Neuro-Grips Ebook is LIVE, a Workout, and a Preview of Drone Racing in Oregon

Jon Bruney's New eBook is OUT!

SO psyched that the ebook version of Jon Bruney's new title, The Neuro-Grip Challenge is available! (Paperback is supposed to be ready in about six weeks.) The two images above are just a couple from many cool shots that will give you all kinds of interesting exercise ideas... you should see the stuff that Rob Miller is doing in the book, too! Nearly gravity defying! 

You'll also notice that along with the new info on the Neuro-Grip Challenge eBook page, there are new photos on the Neuro-Grips page too and some of those are crazy fun as well. What I like most about the book is that Jon Bruney drills down into very useful wrist strength and mobility drills that are useful for all skill levels.  Though the exercises in the book get super difficult, they also start from the very beginning, something I've always loved about the approach in Convict Conditioning.

So, in honor of the ebook release, here's an intermediate/advanced kettlebell workout that includes a little bit of Neuro-Grip time! Below the workout is a video showing another fun but pretty difficult Neuro-Grip drill that shows you don't just have to do push-ups (which you may have gathered from the photos at the beginning of this post).

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