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Advanced Regressions for the Pistol Squat

Wait.. WHAT? What do you mean by advanced regressions? Basically the regressions in the video below are for people who are very close to getting a first pistol squat or for those who want to start upping their rep ranges :)

In my opinion, the end-all-be-all reference for doing the infamous and coveted pistol squat (one leg squat) from the absolute very beginning is Convict Conditioning (if you really want to drill down, check out the DVD and Manual on the subject... some real gems in there). While there's a little less detail (given the # of exercises covered in this book, it should be expected) there's also some great tips for the pistol squat in Al Kavadlo's Pushing the Limits (I am in quite a few photos there!)  When you can do at least 1-2 pistols, or if you are very advanced he has some especially fun variations in there too.

Considering that I've heard pistol squats mentioned in a few conversations about 2015 goals, I hope the above video helps you.   AND if you have some tips that have worked for you which you think might assist others, please share them in the comments below! :)

Quick Question for 2015.......

Take Control You Have Alternate Options...what will you do differently this year?

Answer in the Disqus comments section below this entry -- I'll start it out!!

In other words.... Don't be THIS GUY in the video below! :) :) (In truth there's a lot to be learned from this little comedy sketch!)

The 2014 Send Off New Year's Eve Workout...

20kg and 14kg kettlebells for New Year's Eve 2014 Send-off workout

This was a ton of fun, and plenty challenging.  I designed this for one of my workout partners and I, she's recently discovered that she can press the 14kg kettlebell, so here's what we did.  Taking only a single 14kg and 20kg kettlebell out to the park with the promise to "share" made things interesting (especially for me, since I ended up with the 20kg fairly often).  For the first two items of the circuit below, we just changed the order - one person was doing swings with the 20kg while the other was doing snatches (or one arm swings) with the 14kg kettlebell.   If it's just one person, obviously you won't need to do that.  The "2014" kettlebell sizes are perfect for intermediate/advanced women (the 14kg kettlebell is what I would use in an RKC test for example) with a strength emphasis - though they may be appropriate for many men as well - rest when needed... we staggered around a little while inventing new words a few times...

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.

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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