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New Podcast! Adrienne and Co-Host Dr. Chad Eldridge Discuss Two VERY Cool Recent Events! Get the Scoop! Official PodcastIt's been a BLAST to add Dr. Chad Eldridge as the official Co-Host of the Podcast (at least that's how it will be until we can come up with a new name/platform etc. for it.) This episode is a little shorter, but packed with info as both of us attended different, but extremely cool events last weekend.  I set a timer during the recording (it's silent, thankfully) so that we would get close to equal time talking about both of these events.  I was a judge for the very cool K.E.T.T.L.E. PRT competition in Chicago, Illinois.  This unique event is the creation of Senior RKC Robert Miller and RKC Team Leader Katie Petersen.  I will be writing a very detailed article about this event, but for a sort of sneak preview, listen to this podcast!  Chad went to a FRC (Functional Range Conditioning) certification at the Onnit Academy in Austin, TX. You'll want to hear about the details of this fascinating system.  I'm pretty darn intrigued!

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A Short But Fun Underground Strength Inspired Exercise Break... After an Adventure!

It's been an interesting weekend... getting a lot done, maybe a little too much because as the sun started to go down today I found myself wanting to go outside and play for lack of a better term.  Some may refer to this as a "workout" but considering what I did and how fun it was I think it was more like a slightly more grown up version of playing in the yard.  Unfortunately, it got a little too dark outside for me to shoot a video of it. Thankfully with the timing and the holiday weekend, I had a big chunk of the parking lot to myself. I am NOT the weirdest neighbor here by a long shot so it would have been ok if someone saw me.  Many of the people in my neighborhood are active in some way--we have a guy in his late 70s who regularly practices Convict Conditioning style push ups on the railings, there's someone across the street who does sledgehammer training, plenty of kayakers, stand up paddleboarders, cyclists, etc around here so my antics are pretty much par for the course--except for when I climb things and leave little footprints in unlikely, oddly far-from-the-ground places... Podcast Book Focus with Dr. Chad Eldridge and Chris Flores

We did it! We stayed on the schedule (so far). The goal is to put out a podcast every other week on a Thursday so here we go!  This podcast's theme is books that we're reading (which are not necessarily directly related to health/fitness).  There's three people talking this time, myself (Adrienne of with co-host Dr. Chad Eldridge, and we had call in guest Chris Flores join us for the first portion of the show. Find out about the books which are impacting our lives.  (Detailed show notes coming soon!)

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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.

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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