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Let's Train in Austin! (2 Fitness Certifications in 1 Weekend!)

SCC and HKCLet's train together in Austin, Texas! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) and HKC (HardStyle Kettlebell Certification) are both coming to Austin in February 2017. You can do one or take maximum advantage--and save more $--by doing both. Hope to see you there. These two one-day workshops are great for trainers looking to upgrade their toolkit, or serious exercise enthusiasts who want to fine-tune their own training.

Travel Log and Workout:Visit to NYC Part 1 - Traveling Rings--with Video, Kettlebell & Sandbag, and MORE!

It was time to get out of town... if I have to spend too much time in Florida, I get antsy and the humidity and lack of any real relief from the heat was beginning to really wear on me.  So after some clicking around and a few emails I managed to put together a little trip that would allow me to keep working some on writing and my usual business client responsibilities as well as training small groups and individuals. There's still time to register for (bodyweight, kettlebell, metcon, kettlebell and sandbag) classes if you are in the area: Momentum Fitness NYC.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Rings
Sisterhood of the Traveling Rings... please note that the impressive young gymnast on the small rings is only on the small rings because I was using the large rings... pretty amazing!

Bonus Podcast! 2016 Kickoff Experiement - "Questions From Google" Kettlebells, Bodies, Bums, and Challenges

Bonus Podcast!!!!! Kicking off 2016 with a little retrospective of questions, phrases, and search strings that people have typed into Google... and then ended up on my site.  Some are super important, some are silly (and yet still important at the same time).  I had fun with this one.

Going to be hitting the road again very soon, and decided that it was as good of an excuse as any to test out the secondary audio recorder I have... it's small and very roadworthy, but I was concerned about sound quality.  To my great and happy surprise, it recorded this podcast with ease, low noise and at a very nice quality.  It's earned a place in my bag for this trip, which is a great relief because the other recorder (which is great for pro audio and has XLR inputs and phantom power) is a bit clunky and conspicuous. 

I'll be guest teaching at Momentum Fitness in NYC, and two classes are already waiting list only, so get over there and sign up now while you still can! People don't usually register this far in advance apparently so... click here to sign up for a selection of bodyweight, kettlebell, sandbag and metcon classes taught by yours truly at Momentum Fitness in the Upper West Side. I'm really looking forward to this... at the same time I'll also be talking to some industry icons, friends, gym owners, authors, and thinkers... brace yourself for the onslaught of awesome content soon!!!

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The Value of a Fresh Start

As usual, there's a lot of tough talk on the internet and Facebook about how New Years resolutions are useless. And I get it, I understand that for many people, resolutions fail year after year after year. Especially big, "unrealistic" resolutions... HOWEVER...

Here's to being more in 2016
No, I'm not sharing the missing adjective, that's between me and me.

Sometimes these resolutions fail because the stakes aren't high enough, the commitment isn't solid enough, or maybe the time isn't right. But the past doesn't matter, what you can do now and change now does matter. If drawing a line in the sand when the calendar flips over to a new year helps, then do it.

There's a reason all these 21-day, 30-day, 45-day, 60-day, 90-day challenges exist--people want a chance to start over. And while the implementation of these things is often faulty or flawed, there's no real reason to throw the proverbial baby out with the bathwater. 

Three Kettlebell Get-Up Game Changers... (and a bonus controversial one) With VIDEO

Hope I’m not giving the impression that the get-up is chock full of pitfalls, peril, and potential catastrophe. But I do know that the get-up can be overwhelming and frustrating not only for kettlebell newbies but also for people trying to teach it. This post is aimed at both the people who may be new to the get up as well as the people who might be TEACHING the get up.

First of all, if you haven’t already checked it out, and if you’re having a hard time with your get-up from the very first few movements, please check out my “Get-Up Pet Peeves” post and video. Speaking of video… even if you have no aspirations to become a YouTube or Instagram star, one of the most effective training tools you have might be in your pocket or gym bag right now—the camera on your phone! The common mistakes mentioned below can all be easily spotted by a training partner, your instructor or coach, or… if neither are available, you can check yourself by taking a short video.

12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge, Christmas Past Blog Round-up, Quick Workout Alternatives

Did you eat too much turkey? Pie? Ham? Mashed potatoes?  Maybe your aunt made that infamously irresistable mac n cheese like mine did this year.... maybe you got a crispy corner piece of it like I did... Needless to say that plus some black coffee got the creativity going along with the need to get moving... So for the 2015 Christmas post on here's the brand new, UNTESTED (normally I test stuff out on myself and others before posting) 12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge!

12 Days of Christmas Stacking Workout Challenge

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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What I'm Reading

(including but not limited to)
1. The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid Bill Bryson
2. Systema Manual K. Komarov
3. Younger Next Year Crowley & Lodge

(Just Finished)
1. Street Workout Al & Danny Kavadlo
2. Sunny's Nights Tim Sultan
3. The Road to Little Dribbling Bill Bryson

(Audible Listening)
Extreme Ownership J.Willink, L.Babin

(Up Next...)
The Men Who Stare at Goats Jon Ronson

Good Things

Brand new resource with fully up to date kettlebell training information --everything from the beginner basics all the way to highly advanced techniques.  Program design, sample workouts, and all the theory you need to construct your own plan for your own training or for your personal training clients.  An absolute MUST HAVE for all current and aspiring RKC and HKC instructors. FINALLY an updated resource is HERE!