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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  :)

Lots of Videos, Pull-Ups, Interviews, Monkey Bar Monday, Healthy Skoop, Sewing?!??

It's been fun to explore another part of the city a little, and I was thrilled to find that the fit trail on Lake Ivanhoe is well within a short walking distance of the coworking/makerspace. 

Monkey Bar Monday

Here's what went down for Monkey Bar Monday by the way... do you have a fit trail near you?  One of my favorite things to do with a small group or one on one client is to have us each grab a kettlebell or sandbag, walk the fit trail and perform exercises at the stations all along the way.  This way you get loaded carries AND a full body workout at the same time.  If you have a group of friends who are fitness enthusiasts, you can even take turns picking the exercise challenge at each station.  Fun!

While sometimes we do the recommended movements, many times we get wacky and creative... like this:

Fortunately, having a beard is not a prerequisite for doing excellent pull ups... but Al DOES have some fantastic tips here. While I can do a number of wild and weird pull-up variations, it's way more important to get the numbers up on the regular, "plain-Jane", dead hang pull ups. Tension, technique, strength, and just getting those reps. One of the interesting things I've observed recently is the difference in people's attitudes about good reps vs just "getting the numbers by any means" to fit a program. Look, I used to do this too back when I'd been given a "bodybuilding" type program... with that stuff, I eventually ran into a wall and had nowhere to go... so to keep from feeling like I was sliding backwards, I started getting the numbers with crummy reps at the end. WHAT A HUGE MISTAKE!!!! Now I know better, and if I don't hit my goal for that set, I rest then come back to it. All the while making sure to practice excellent form. I find this approach to be much more psychologically satisfying too, because while the rep goal might not be met, the brain is being "programmed" with the right movement, and that builds and grows over time. :)

Check out Al Kavadlo's new tips for honing the pull up on today's PCC Blog post.

I'm a huge fan of Healthy Skoop's A-Game, and in fact used the 25% off discount code (MARCH25) a few days ago to top up my own stash... check it out! Good only until the end of March... this is high quality, convenient, tasty stuff for high performance bodies and brains (and those that are aspiring to high performance as well)


Testing Testing... 1 2 3.... **TAP TAP** is this thing on? My livestream testing video also spills the beans on a 25% off coupon for delicious Healthy Skoop (an item I put in the giftbags for the extremely exclusive "women's retreat" I had... yeah it was just me and a buddy, but we stayed on the beach and trained in Systema and self-defense with Alexandr Popeskou in Sarasota for a total of 6 hours over 3 days, Visited Frank DeMeo's awesome rustic gym, had a blast at the beach, kayaked, and ate half of the local Whole Foods). Clearly this all needs to happen again. BUT until then, you can replicate our breakfast by adding 1 scoop of Healthy Skoop superfood blend to a container of your favorite plain organic yogurt and then wash it down with black coffee or a triple espresso. You'll be ready for anything. If you don't want to sit through the video, but want the info about the superfoods: go here and use the code MARCH25 for 25% off your order. DEEEELISHUS.

And one last thing about the makerspace, I hope you're not getting tired of it already... but I haven't sewed a thing in maybe 6 years... but I still "got it" to some degree... watch me transform a t-shirt into a workout top in high speed!!!

And just in case you've missed this somehow, I've been putting together a series of audio and written interviews for Dragon Door and their upcoming Health and Strength Conference that will be held this summer. I'll be giving a presentation there as well, which I am really looking forward to!  But... check out the three interviews up so far:


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