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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  :)

Kettlebell Workout: The Short Stack, and a New Book From Danny Kavadlo

So... I hate to admit this, but back in the day (mid-late 90s) many of us would enjoy a post-club trip to the ol' IHOP.  My standard food order was the "Short Stack" which wasn't a completely obscene number of pancakes.  They'd still sit like rocks, but it was a good time with friends that mattered most at that time.  You may be amused to find out that I was never too keen on sweets and would usually just add butter and no syrup to my pancakes, a habit that persisted for several years until I just stopped eating pancakes all together.  I just feel better avoiding those kinds of meals. But anyway.  I wanted you to know the origin of this workout name!  The Short Stack!  The other HUGE (and more important) influence for this sequence was a workout I recently saw from Senior RKC Chris Holder.

Depending on where you are with your fitness level (or stress level that day!) be smart when choosing your kettlebell for this one.  I went with the kettlebell I would use for my weight class for the RKC kettlebell snatch test (14kg), but you may wish to use one above or below your chosen kettlebell.  The next time I do this one, I will be challenging myself with either the 16kg or maybe even the 18kg! WOOHOO!

The Short Stack Kettlebell Workout

It goes without saying that doing a great mobility warm up and cooldown sequence is always a good thing.

New Book: Danny Kavadlo Strength RulesHuge congratulations to Danny Kavadlo! His new book, Strength Rules debuts today on and if you go over there RIGHT NOW (and/or on/before November 30th) there are some bonuses available for quantity purchase that are frankly TOTALLY BONKERS.  Like BONKERS... on my own scale... which is like 10x regular people's concept of "bonkers".  For example, if you get 10 copies of the paperback (one for you, and one for each of your best clients) you get a consultation call with Danny and a free ticket to and HKC 1 day kettlebell certification workshop OR an SCC 1 day calisthenics certification workshop (including the one with ME scheduled near Houston, Texas in April!).  If you want to really get a deal, with 25 copies of Danny's awesome book (one to keep, and one to give to new and existing clients? or Staff? or Both? Oh hey, the holidays are nearly upon us...) you actually get a free ticket to the RKC or PCC 3-day workshop of your choice.  That's nuts!!!!

But enough about that, let's talk about the book!  Danny's Strength Rules focuses on how to build amazing strength only using bodyweight exercise. He starts from the absolute beginning and guides you all the way to some extreme moves.  Example training is there along with Danny's sensible (and effective) approach to food.  Danny's a little older than me, and in his early 40s... so FINALLY here's someone talking about food who isn't some little 20-something with a monster metabolism.  I've also witnessed first hand Danny's skills with the grill and smart food prep.  Danny is the real deal and shares a lot of himself with you in this book... and it is actionable!!  Oh and I'm in a couple photos in there too!  Fun stuff!!


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