Andrea Du Cane's awesome Kettlebell Goddess Workout DVD (run time: 2 hours, 25 minutes)
So, I have a weird habit of taking on (or creating) a smaller project to break up a larger project. It means I basically do "work" as a "break" and is part of the reason I get a lot of various things done in a small amount of time. Many years ago I discovered that I don't so much need or want a "break", it's more that I need a change of subject. A mental flavor changer...* One such project I have right now is for a friend who is very gifted with the tough love and real world motivation. This project has had a very welcome side effect of being very motivating.
Now, I'm a self-starter, always have been, but we can all use some help. This has inspired me to get a little more organized. At the same time I'd been listening to James Altucher's The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth on Audible (here's a free trial and two free audiobooks)... so it all kind of converged over the holiday weekend. I like that book because it seems to support some of my odd behaviors and life choices. That's nice for a change.
Anyway, after eating not one but TWO slices of my friend's gluten free (but not free of anything else) delicious peanut butter pie on Christmas, along with a whole lot of leg of lamb and smoked turkey, I really felt like I needed to get out and put those calories to work the next day. I also wanted to mess with my own head.
FLASHBACK!!!!! Originally posted last year, but I found it (Thanks Facebook Memories) and then thought, let's get it out again! :) :) Let me know if you try the challenge! :)
Did you eat too much turkey? Pie? Ham? Mashed potatoes? Maybe your aunt made that infamously irresistable mac n cheese like mine did this year.... maybe you got a crispy corner piece of it like I did... Needless to say that plus some black coffee got the creativity going along with the need to get moving... So for the 2015 Christmas post on GiryaGirl.com here's the brand new, UNTESTED (normally I test stuff out on myself and others before posting) 12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge!
I've enjoyed variations of this little combo for a couple of years, it's always a lot of fun and can even feel a little bit like a game. Most recently a friend and I did the workout for 10 rounds followed by a more focused strength workout. If you have a group, you can even perform this as an interesting relay race. No matter how many rounds you choose, be sure to record the amount of time so that you can see how you improve the next time you give it another try.
Noticed that some of you are putting together some very smart combinations of, but not everyone may understand the same gift-giving logic.
If you're in the continental US, then now is the time to take advantage of's sale - it's ending tomorrow at noon central (11/29/16 1PM Eastern). As many of us already know, the cost of shipping a heavy or a couple of reasonable sized ones can add up VERY quickly... and the shipping on the large, sturdy and totally worth it freestanding pull-up bar is nothing to ignore. It's heavy and it's oversized.
So! A little last minute, but if you need help putting together what literally could be the package deal gift for someone who's interested in getting serious about their strength, I've prepared a little guide for you. Please note that the gift "kit" recommendations are my opinions, but that they're based on a lot of experience with the products, ideas, and modalities of, -II, for the past several years training and coaching.
First off! The classic venerable "Whichdo I buy?" chart :
The following situation has the potential to cause the following: a fast, challenging workout and aload of laundry (I'd recommend putting at least one towel in there so you have a warm fluffy towel for a post workout shower). I really hate chores, but I like to workout... and both need to be done regularly... here's an example of how both can get done at the same time!