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A Video for the "Short Stack" Kettlebell Workout...

A few weeks ago I shared the little pancake image at the end of this post and a brief explanation on this blog post: The "Short Stack" kettlebell workout.  But then realized that some folks might like to see what it looks like all put together.  It always makes sense on paper, then of course translating it to real life can be a different manner entirely.  Here's a video of exactly how I do it!

Super Scaleable Three-Move EMOM (Every Minute on the Minute) Workout for Home or Anywhere

Those of you following along on Instagram today you may have noticed at the end of one of the videos I kind of... attack a bowl of pepperment bark at Williams-Sonoma while on an otherwise innocent errand to pick up a box of Mavea water filters. Long story short, I might have had a little bit of a sugar rush when I came home, but I also wanted to get some reps in, and some small chores done too.

EMOM Workout, Every Minute On the Minute

Enter the EMOM workout... Every Minute On the Minute.  I set the interval timer to chime on the minute every minute for 30 minutes--which is a pretty ambitious time frame for an EMOM workout usually, but I had planned to keep the reps low on this one.  I did a mobility warm up and set up everything before pressing start.  Earlier today I brought up an Ultimate Sandbag "Strength" bag that is filled with about 50lbs of delicious smelling dry jasmine rice (50lb bags of Thai style jasmine rice were on sale the day that I went to the Asian market looking for a giant bag of rice).  I wanted to clean the outside of the bag anyway so why not grunge it up with some of my sweat beforehand?  Also, I love doing little combos with it.  For tonight I felt more like "doing things" than "thinking" so an EMOM workout sounded like the right idea.  FIRST, a basic ground rule: every rep must be good, if questionable reps start happening, then the game is over. 

Here's the version I did and the little video I didn't think to shoot until I was about 3/4 of the way through the workout...

Short on Time Kettlebell Workout Variations...

It's been humid... REALLY annoyingly hot and humid for this time of year.  Unfortunately I keep forgetting that. Last week a friend and I decided to go and do a favorite kettlebell challenge, the SSST (Secret Service Snatch Test) and it was so humid that it even tore up her hands which I previously thought were made of some kind of teflon material.

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As for myself, I could feel my hands start to suffer so I just took down the pace.  Stayed within the 10 minutes, but did not even nearly approach my goal of getting past 200 total snatches which I have previously done and exceeded many times. This drove me NUTS...  Fortunately the SSST was just the first 1/3 of what we were doing that day so there was plenty of time to redeem myself to myself, but it still was nagging me...

THEN I saw Phil Ross's cool post which included a neat workout structure that worked out to 200 kettlebell snatches.

New kettlebells on the way, the last few hours of a mega-sale, and a simple workout idea

I'm always scouting around for cool locations for videos etc. to keep things interesting. This past weekend I hit a small jackpot! I found a new extremely bright mural near what used to be Forbidden City (and according to someone working on the property, it's soon to be another location of the beloved local fusion restaurant, Tako Cheena.  So, pretty much good news for everyone. Mills50 is becoming even more of a great food destination.

Pistol on a Mural on Mills Ave

During Dragon Door's Black Friday Sale I bought two oddly sized kettlebells, a 26kg for me (I am once again working towards the Iron Maiden Challenge... which requires a pull-up, pistol, and press with a 24kg kettlebell...so you see what I'm doing there) and a 10kg kettlebell for bottom-up presses, etc. and to challenge a specific client with it... 10kg is also just a great interim size for various mobility drills as well.  But more on that later.

2015 Black Friday Awesome Deals Guide!

Hurrah!!! Black Friday is Here once again!  And as some of you have already read on Facebook, I've begun some shopping of my own (but did leave you plenty of goodies out there, so no worries.  Here's the guide to this year's best deals right now (in my humble opinion)...

Black Friday Bonanza 2015

First off... HELLO! 25% off of Dragon Door Kettlebells when you use the code "BFSALE" during check out!  That goes from the teeny 10lb kettlebell all the way up to the brand new 60kg kettlebell that weighs as much as me!  Go over there and get the tools to change your life!!!

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  :)

 

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