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Ask Giryagirl: More Tips to Fix Your Hardstyle Kettlebell Swing [VIDEOS!]

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Every now and then, friends and former clients who've moved away will send along a video of their kettlebell swing.  "Does this look right?!" or "What am I doing wrong?!" etc. And before we even get to the fact of the different legitimate styles of kettlebell swings (I practice and teach the RKC hardstyle kettlebell swing, but there's also a GS "Girvoy Sport" style of swing, CrossFit etc.), there are tons of very questionable videos out there online.  The questionable videos are often aimed at women and that of course drives me bonkers.  So, with very little prompting it's easy enough to get me to run outside and shoot a video or two to help people who might need a few pointers to really dial-in their hardstyle kettlebell swings.  

An Experimental Workbook and Interesting Things to Think About

Experimental Fun Book!

Frankly over the past couple months I have been neglecting one of my own weekly "meetings" known as Strategy Wednesday.  One thing after another, maybe a conference call, or more likely a case of getting too psyched about finishing a task on or before the self-imposed deadline for it caused Strategy Wednesday to fall by the wayside.  This was not a good thing, but still I kept going saying, "ok ok ok ok ok next week, next week will be different..." while at the same time I kept piling up appointments and self-imposed deadlines.

This needed to stop. And last night, THURSDAY, well technically, very early Friday morning it did.  I was doing laundry and during my favorite new "the laundry isn't done yet, I'm going to climb things and practice stuff until I hear the buzzer" activities, I felt very compelled to return to some of my mobility and skill-based challenges.  I also found myself wanting to practice a very fun Tai Chi sword form I had committed to memory many years ago. 

The main realization was that my basic strength and conditioning training is now something I don't really have to think about or "make" myself do.  It's like brushing my teeth, if brushing my teeth was extremely fun and challenging.  I've made my strength and conditioning training into a fun game, and so it's not been an issue for many years.  But I thought about some of the other things which ARE still issues... the things I want to get better at, but am not training consistently. So at that advanced hour, I started playing around with creating a new mobility routine and organizing what I want to work on more consistently. Little things, no biggie. Little tiny bite-size things that when done on a daily basis might add up to a huge benefit.

PCC Blog Post (with two sample workouts), Yesterday's Cardio Grudge-Match and a Grocery Haul Video

Recent PCC Blog Post

Fantastic to be featured on the PCC blog again yesterday with an experiment that you may remember started here.  I've detailed more of what happened and added two sample deload workouts.  Be sure to also read the comments over there for some very fun Q+A, including a part where a top commenter over there and I have a fairly indepth discussion about signs and signals the body has when we are working on something that is neurologically intense. 

Mega Podcast with Dr. Chad Eldridge, DC "The Movement Mechanic" - Goals, The Goonies, Kettlebell Swings and MORE!

So... the game plan is to do more of these Podcasts, and seeing as I've basically found a cool local co-host with a nice quiet office nearby you might be hearing from both of us on the semi-regular if things work out well (and you like the shows). 

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The range of topics discussed is VAST, but there's more than a couple chuckles, and plenty of (we hope) helpful, motivating, info. Not to mention plenty of admissions of personal failings and what we did to get past it to move on to greater triumphs!

Ask GiryaGirl: What's the difference between a Hass Avocado and a Florida Avocado? [video]

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Let's be clear... I love ALL avocados, however during this time of year we sometimes get more choices in the avocado department. While all the avocados are wonderful, some are better suited (flavor and texture) for different applications. While I prefer to make guacamole with the Hass variety, I like to add the sweeter, more hydrating tasting Florida avocados to salads like the one linked below. Try both and see how you like to use each one. Also discussed is how to remove the pits from each.

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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