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Oven Roasted Radishes

Roasted Radishes RecipeWhat a delicious surprise - oven roasting with just simple olive oil, sea salt and black pepper takes radishes from salad garnish and transforms them into a succulent side dish!

The Key to the Kettlebell Swing: The Hip Hinge

Kettlebell Swing Hip Hinge Drill

No matter how much we talk about the hip hinge, revisiting it is always time well spent.  In fact it's a good idea to revisit the hip hinge whenever your kettlebell swing just isn't... feeling right or if you're wondering why a weird little 5'3" 125-130lb almost-middle-aged woman with a questionable hairdo is able to swing a 106lb kettlebell.

Intermediate to Advanced Kettlebell Circuit Workout From Favorite Moves!

Kettlebell favorites workoutAfter a last minute sudden location change (rain poured down from NOWHERE a full 2 minutes before small group), we carried on with the full workout you see here -- I'll also write it out in case the little graphic is too difficult to read for any reason. Also, clicking on the image will make it full size... which is huge.

With the inclusion of the 5 minutes, 100 snatches after a significant warm up, you'll notice that this kettlebell workout clearly isn't for everyone--as written.  Possible alternatives include 130 one arm swings with an appropriate weight, praticing snatches in the same time period but without a hard rep goal, or for a beginner 30:30 - thirty seconds 2 hand kettlebell swings, thirty seconds rest for the five minutes.

As for the circuit itself, the kettlebell deadlifts can of course be done with any weight kettlebell you have handy which is appropriate.  Also, instead of archer push ups from Convict Conditioning, you can choose whichever push up variation is difficult for you at a rep range of 8-10 (but note that we are only doing 5 push up reps per round).

This one was surprisingly a lot of fun and a nice way to get in some practice on a whole lot of kettlebell favorites.  Lately our training has featured a lot of weighted carries, which are fantastic, but it was nice to get back to some of the basics and some of the benchmarks like the 100 kettlebell snatches in 5 minutes test right there near the beginning of the workout. I was pleased to see that my own progress had rendered that formerly formidible test to be not a big deal.  In fact I was hardly taxed by it, and it used to practically destroy me just a few years ago. I think this is somewhat due to improvements in general conditioning but also the reality check of the SSST workouts we had been trying earlier this year. 

Small Things to Practice for Your First Pull Ups, or for Stronger Pull Ups in General...

pull ups by 2015

A lot has been said on the internet lately about YES, women CAN do pull-ups... and well for most of you who read this site, that's hardly cause for a headline. As someone who's not a huge fan of gender-fying everything and who also realizes that there's all KINDS of people who struggle with pull ups, I'd like to present some ideas that are useful for nearly everyone. 

A Challenging But Oddly Stress-Relieving Workout

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning by Zach Even-EshThis fun challenge I wrote up for a friend and I became a neat strength endurance challenge of the "accidental cardio" variety (in places).  I've been gearing up for Zach Even-Esh's Underground Strength Coach workshop in Orlando, and essentially using that as an excuse to come up with more "General preparedness" workouts inspired by his book the Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.  Not to go too far into this next subject, but as a lot of these sort of workshops are usually attended by a bunch of guys, I make it my personal responsibility to be super prepared as to not be needing any special treatment.   I take great pride in that sort of thing and NEVER want to be the reason that a workshop is slowed down. Gotta be able "to hang" as "they" say. Right?

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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