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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  :)

A Challenge, A Weekend Workout, Chocolate Reviews and Other Important Stuff

Its always fun to visit other gyms, hang out etc. Inside is very nice, but of course we had to get grungy and throw tires around, push prowlers, and Swing kettlebells instead. Inside we did a Primal Move warm up, played with the really great pull up bar setup (I managed to do another couple muscle ups), and then some really weird pull ups on this very bizarre and hard to hang on to thing from Rogue called a "dog bone." I'll add photos of that later today. Anyhow here's what we did outside!  Huge thanks to David Crump, a highly skilled local personal trainer and HKC here in Orlando - you can visit his site at


This was definitely a lot of fun... In other news, I reviewed a new chocolate bar that's just chock full of the superfood maca, please check that out!  It was really tasty, and sorry I didn't save any for you.   BUT there will be more chocolate reviews soon as I also just found some raw cacao beans, and a great cocoa powder that's really off the charts good.   Look for those later this week.

AND, I wasn't really going to mention it online, but I'm doing a sort of unconventional "challenge" along with using the new Convict Conditioning Log Book approach to my training.  I'm nicknaming it the qi challenge... basically I've decided to practice a minimum of 10 minutes a day of qigong exercises, and to spend at least 10 minutes researching a related topic.  Doesn't sound like a lot, but added onto what I already do on a given day - AND 10 minutes of my undivided attention in researchmode is a frightful thing indeed.  And as we all know - or should know - little bits every day add up.   Its all good!


Research question

In this posting, you mentioned: "I've decided to practice a minimum of 10 minutes a day of qigong exercises, and to spend at least 10 minutes researching a related topic." 

Here's a related question that maybe could be covered in a future post??(maybe?)?

I'm wondering:

1) how you decide on what to focus as you pursue growth with your knowledge/skills related to KB's, fitness, strength, nutrition etc.

2) how you determine your sources for increasing that knowledge/skills?

3) how these answers might now be different compared to when you began your exploration into the world of strength/KB's/nutrition/etc.?

I ask these b/c I am increasingly interested in the KB/strength/health, but I tend to get overwhelmed with direction and sources.  For example, I'll read something in your blog, get really pumped, start reading elsewhere, get sidetracked with something it says there, and soon my brain is swimming with information but it's grown to a quantity that I can no longer synthesize.  I'm at novice place where more is definitely not better. of the best ways to figure things out is to pick the brains of experts, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on this one.....somewhere down the line.  

Thanks, Adrienne!





Glad you asked!

Sorry I somehow missed this comment before now! Overall general answer - when all else fails, go back to the basics - hone your kettlebell swing, break down the get up, etc. It's easy to get distracted, so when/if that happens, pull back for a bit and see what basic things need work - because the basics always need work.

1. Usually a matter of personal interest - or an expansion on previous knowledge. The mini qigong "challenge" is mainly because I want to bring that element back into my training in a bigger way. The "challenge" is to form a habit, and to firm up the foundation of what I already have had experience with, so that I can start adding in things which will hopefully be even more effective/challenging. A general statement is - I also look for areas which are not my strengths and determine what's necessary to bring those up to match everything else (handbalancing for example is not a current strength, so right now, even though I can do handstand pushups with a wall, I am practicing crow/frog stands for time)

2. I go with people I trust, who's general philosophical attitudes towards training and life are similar to my own - they don't have to match up perfectly of course, but they do need to be compatible. I will admit to being very partial to things released by Dragon Door for that reason. If something has an excessive use of "for women" or too much pastel on the cover, I can be suspicious of the content... LOL!!!

3. Early on, I had a lot of the usual misconceptions - people think that celebrity trainers often USE the workouts they release via DVD etc—and this is usually not the case. Just because someone is posing with an item on the cover of the book doesn't always (especially in the mainstream) mean that it's what they used to get in the current shape that they're in. More times than not, it was a paid modeling gig. Now I know to look far outside the mainstream for answers - and that many times things with a very masculine edge (think Convict Conditioning) really work super well for just about everyone. I was never able to achieve the strength, conditioning, and physique improvements I wanted by doing the stuff you see in women's magazines, or other similar mainstream sources.

Other general answer - pick a plan and DO IT! :)



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