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DVRT with Josh Henkin, Website Direction, a Little Challenge...

It's been a whirl-wind lately...

After learning more about Josh Henkin's DVRT system and Ultimate Sandbag during a recent photoshoot (Josh's DVRT book will be published by Dragon Door in April) I was intrigued to say the very least.   So this past weekend I braved the cold of NYC to attend the DVRT level 1 and 2 workshops right in the heart of Manhattan.  What a great trip!   I'll be doing a full write up of both days shortly, but wanted to let you know what's on the way.  

Simple Workout With Classic Kettlebell Moves

Sometimes it's a very good thing to keep it simple, and often with kettlebells and bodyweight you'll notice that there's a great power in keeping things simple.  The same is overwhelmingly true as described by Marty Gallagher in his most recent post on barbell training over at the blog.  And while I don't personally do a whole heck of a lot of barbell training, Marty's barebones simple approach is one to understand, acknowledge, and implement--regardless your prefered fitness tools.

That being said, on any given day if you just don't know what to do with yourself workout wise (and that shouldn't really happen because I hope you're following a coach or program, but the "real world" is in effect...), a good solution is to revisit our old favorites the swing and the get-up.   The following variation on that theme uses the RKC 5 minute snatch test (I like to do it from time to time and make sure I'm continuing to maintain/progress my conditionioning).  For the details of the 5 minute test, and the complete testing requirements of the new upgraded RKC, please click here... I'm tired of seeing people debate the requirements online when they can just GO TO THE SOURCE on and read the most current, updated facts.  Sure, that's not a dramatic solution, but it sure saves time and frustration.   I don't have time for needless arguments and neither do you! :)

Here's what we did for a simple but interesting workout:

Product Review Affitnity One Shoulder Top - Stylish Workout Wear

Type of Product: 
  • Comfortable
  • Unique style
  • Great fabric
  • Flattering
  • Shelf-bra only
  • May inspire INTENSE envy from friends, enemies, passersby
After connecting with Affitnity's owner, Zeudy on twitter we met up for coffee (by a coincidence we seem to be in a similar enough area of town!)   She's incredibly cool and we had a great time talking about our favorite workouts and who inspires us in fitness.   Zeudy's designs are EVERYWHERE--worn by fitness models in all market segments.  You'll see them all over the place including everything from mainstream fitness magazines to extreme bodybuilding.  Uber controversial "fit mom" was even wearing a shorts and crop top set from Affitnity.   Once you see the clothing in person you'll understand how

A Great Excuse to Drag a Bunch of Things Out to the Park - Workout and Skill Practice

On somewhat of a lark it seemed like a fun idea to drag a variety of favorite "toys" out to the park today.  A friend met me for this challenge and I also wanted to borrow her slackline.  Because mine is SO stretchy I'd been having to hang it so high between trees that when I was jumping or falling off of it with the usual frequency it was starting to stress out my achilles tendon in that "this is why we STEP DOWN from high box jumps" way.  And I'm not about to shred up my achilles tendon when I can just borrow (and my new one is arriving tomorrow) one that we can hang lower and avoid the repetitive potentially damaging landings.  Also, over the past few months it's been a lot of fun to experiment with adding slackline into a workout given its VERY mental and neurologically challenging.  In leu of a slackline, and/or if you're not yet at the point where you can walk the full length of one without an issue (normally) then it might be a good idea to choose something like a balance beam, or other safe/gentle balance challenge.  If anything it's best to err on the side of "too easy" as this sort of thing can get surprisingly challenging depending on the rest of your circuit.

After unloading the car and making a corner of the park look like it was the domain of  very strong, very spoiled child, we began this version of our slackline workout experiment

Product Review: Onnit Trilogy Nut Butter - Walnut Almond Cashew - Raw and Organic

Type of Product: 
  • YUM..WOW yum...
  • Organic
  • Raw
  • 3 Ingredients
  • Delicious flavor balance
  • Gone too soon
  • A bit spendy

Onnit sent me a box of goodies for review, This divine Walnut Almond Cashew Trilogy Nut Butter is another one of the items and it is sublime....  It is delicious, too delicious, too wonderful, so good that after you eat it you can just swear that there's some little light rays being emitted from your ears.  Who knew that combining the right ratios of simple raw and organic walnuts, almonds and cashews could create such a sublime snack, especially when paired with crisp, impossibly thin slices of pink lady apples!?  Seriously you must try this.

These simple ingredients are just chock full of healthy fats, minerals, and brain boosting vitamins.  And its one of those snacks that I can just eat and then instantly have that "oh that is what I was supposed to eat just now" feeling.  I hope the same happens for you.

My main complaint is that this is one seriously addictive little 8oz jar... Get your own jar of Onnit Walnut Almond Cashew Trilogy Nut Butter Here!

Rating: 5

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BRAND NEW: Master the Kettlebell by Master RKC Max Shank

Master The Kettlebell: How to Develop High-Level Skills in Movement, Power Generation and Strength—Using the World’s Single Best Tool for the Job by Master RKC, Max Shank.

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! (ebook version on sale for $14.95 until September 5th, paperback version is coming soon.)


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