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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  :)


Outdoor Deviled Eggs "How To" Video, Active Rest and Planning for 2015

How to make deviled eggs outside!

After writing a short blog post for the PCC Blog on active rest last week, I've made a concerted effort to include more of it in my week as I ramp up training towards making an audition video for American Ninja Warrior AND helping to lead the PCC Workshop in Encinitas later next month. The weather was really nice yesterday too, so I packed up a couple things and with the excuse of also making a how-to video, headed out to a favorite park for a few hours.

Ended up being a very good thing, as on Sundays that park doesn't seem to have any loud bouncy-house type parties going on.  This was especially cool for a couple of reasons, the first and most obvious was me and the surrounding wildlife were spared from hearing the most annoying top 40 tunes from the past 40 years...

Hawaii, Motivation, Priorities, American Ninja Warrior... [with videos]

Hawaii Adventure, or how I ended up doing pull ups right next to the Pacific Ocean...

Those of you on Instagram already know some of what's in this post, but I wanted to kind of fill in the details here and there.  In recent years I've gotten into a travel habit, so much so that if I have to stick around in one place too long I get a little annoyed.  Granted the constant need of my neighborhood to use leaf blowers and other noisy lawn equipment EVERY morning as soon as legally possible (7AM by city ordinance, which means they crank up full volume at about 7:01AM... I know because I looked) may contribute to this fact. There are many plus sides to Florida, particularly my specific location, but it also drives me nuts sometimes and I like to get outta here. In fact, I'll pretty much fly out at the drop of a hat. We'll chalk it up to strange (misplaced?) priorities, but I won't pretend to be normal, no one is that easily fooled.

In the usual fashion, everything likes to happen at once, so right after I booked a crazy whirl-wind trip to Hawaii (mostly to retain Delta Medallion status for 2015), I got a message from someone in casting for American Ninja Warrior?!?! I arranged a call with him the night before my flight out (had to get up at 4AM the next day...) to hear the details. It was fun to even think about.  I used to watch the Japanese version of the show on occasion and of course had seen the recent video of Kacy just absolutely obliterating the obstacle course! In fact, it seems that Kacy and her resulting popularity and serious inspiration had encouraged ANW to reach out and encourage more women to audition.

A Bear (Complex) in the Park -- Workout for Kettlebells and Ultimate Sandbags!

Bear in the Park Sandbag and Kettlebell WorkoutKept going back and forth with how to "rank" this one (I'd type out one line, and then think "oh yeah advanced" type out the next and think "intermediate" then realized... if you are comfortable with all the exercises in the workout then the "level" is really determined by the weights you choose, and the length of the rest breaks you take... so since I had to pick something, I left it on "intermediate".  It should also be noted that when I did the workout, I used a Power Ultimate Sandbag for some of it, and a Strength Ultimate Sandbag to just test a couple things out... before it felt like I was going to see stars or something. Suffice it to say the difference between a smaller, lighter sandbag and a heavier, bigger, floppier sandbag was stealthily extreme).

Heavily influenced by both the DVRT system of Ultimate Sandbag training AND Zach Even-Esh's Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning, this was a fun workout for a mind-obliteratingly weird and mildy stressful (understatement) day.  Fortunately (or rather unfortunately) my good friend and training partner had had a similar day and was up to this challenge.  I knew that with both of our wobbly mental states it would be a good idea to have this one written down with alternatives if we (or the terrain) became uncoopertive. (Example: this workout originally included battling rope throws, but when we got to the designated park found the grass to be very damp).

Clutch Flag Mini Tutorial and Video!

Clutch Flag Video Tutorial Convict Conditioning Volume 2Recently, a friend of mine asked about the grip for the clutch flag.  Given that this interesting move is one of my favorites to coach, and one of the most difficult to describe in just words (typing or even on the phone!) it seemed like a good idea to make a video.  But before we get to that, I wanted to mention a little bit of backstory.

Quite a while ago, even before the PCC Workshops came into being, I had picked up Convict Conditioning Volume 2, a sometimes misunderstood book.  The following is the main source of confusion (at least the one that people most often express when asking me about CC2) and my hopefully helpful opinionated answer:

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility... Black Friday Guide's Ultimate Black Friday Guide

Chances are if you're a regular reader of this website you're more than reasonably strong, tough, determined, fit, and maybe just a bit stubborn (my superpower).  Those qualities make you a very dangerous person in a Black Friday madness rush situation.  Seriously, you could probably injure some people and/or get arrested!

Why go through all that trouble when you can get some serious Black Friday deals at home while you wear your pajamas.  You can also multi task by snuggling with human and animal family members or do what I'm doing which is baking off a paleo pumpkin pie (1/4 of which is earmarked to share with a friend and training partner who is recovering from the flu).

So here's a list of online places (with some featured items) having great sales, many of which I am proud to report are purveyors of products I regularly use, enjoy, eat, lift, read, review, promote etc.  Hopefully you will find some enjoyable items that will help you share your passion for a healthy lifestyle with your family and friends.  Besides this is much easier and infinitely more convenient than having to post bail because you headbutted someone in line, right? :) 

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