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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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Revisiting a Kettlebell and Bodyweight workout: Intermediate-Advanced level AND what's inside a Skulpt AIM!

Intermediate-advanced kettlebell and bodyweight workout Feb 2018

It happened again - I wrote a workout for an advanced/intermediate-advanced client then really really wanted to do a version of it myself.  Upped the weights here and there, but kept the rep ranges pretty much the same. Slight modification to work around the old school Pavel pull-up program I dusted off for the season (more about that in a few more weeks time when I will have news to report.)

Before beginning the actual workout, I did an abbreviated set of joint mobility exercises before beginning the assigned sets of pull-ups for the day (which were alternated with small chores) That particular day's assignment was 9,8,7,7,6 dead hang pull-ups, "tactical" grip of course (no thumbs) and on the Dragon Door pull-up bar with its gnarly thick bar. Humbling if you've got smaller hands.

Strength Pyramid: A Simple Kettlebell and Calisthenics Combination

Strength Pyramid Workout

Couldn't resist using this neat photo of the pyramid at the Louvre. Having recently become 41, I remember seeing this interesting structure during its construction (I was VERY young, maybe 7 or 8 at the time). The massive excavation was fascinating, and I would only see the completion of it many years later in the late 90s. "Oh, so that's how it turned out!" The sense of scale is lost in photos.

We all know that a pyramid is a very strong and stable structure. The shape can also inspire challenging workouts. Unlike a ladder format, where the reps build each set, the pyramid adds reps, reaches a pinnacle then subtracts reps from each set. I like to use pyramids in my own workouts and programming and also for my clients. Particularly with interesting and reasonably challenging moves like upper body pulls and presses (though usually not at the same time).

Pyramid workouts are not just for strength moves either, Master RKC Phil Ross has a formidable pyramid of kettlebell snatches that is humbling to say the least. You may be tempted to try and add up the total reps for the workout before attempting it, but I'd encourage you to wait until you've completed it first! (While there's a warm-up and particular context for his workout, the basic gist is to start with one kettlebell snatch on the right, then one on the left, two on the right, two on the left.... all the way up to 10 and then back down. While that doesn't necessarily sound too bad to those of us well acquainted with the RKC kettlebell snatch test, I can assure you that 2nd set of 9 reps on the way back down is a meanie.)

Cruise Control Kettlebell Swing Workout Inspired by Dan John

Cruise Control Kettlebell Workout

Before we get into it, please be sure to check out my recent interview with original Battling Ropes System creator, John Brookfield! I was surprised at more than a few of his answers - and am that much more psyched to attend the upcoming Battling Ropes Instructor Certification workshop!

OK! So, once again I revisited a favorite Dan John article to read up on a particular pattern. While Dan had already made several variations of this workout pattern in his article and even more so in his book, The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge (recommended). The original version is 10 swings, 1 goblet squat, 15 swings, 2 goblet squats, 25 swings, 3 goblet squats, 50 swings, rest.

Don't get me wrong, I like the original version a whole lot. I use it and enjoy it.

Turn Up the HEAT! Sissy Challenge Revisited a Short but TOUGH Workout

Turn Up the HEAT kettlebell workout from GiryaGirl.com

Working from home is great if you have the personality for it. I'm very grateful to have been able to have this level of autonomy for such a long time. If we want to get technical, I've been in charge of my own schedule for the past 17 years (remember, I'm 40 and all) as an entrepreneur, consultant, and fitness instructor. A great trick to have up your sleeve no matter where you work is a quick, intense, nasty little workout that will get a whole lot done in a short period of time. Kettlebells are especially suited to this kind of activity.

Backyard Challenge! Using Everything in a Sequence

Crazy Backyard Challenge! Earlier today I was training someone with kettlebells and had also brought out a very cool pair of custom made paralettes from Ryan Pitts of Stronger Grip. They are excellent for l-sits as well as slightly raised push-ups (we even sometimes do push up walks up and down the two of them). Later I set up the slackline, then decided to get out the throwing knives and throwing stars, and then the Neuro-Grips, and, and... realized I had managed to drag out a whole bunch of stuff into the yard.  Before bringing everything back inside, I thought it might be fun to create a couple of non-stop sequences that used nearly everything in some way, and that kind of traveled from piece to piece.  So here we go!

I should also share the workout from earlier which was inspired by Zach Even-Esh's awesome book, The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. My new client is already extremely athletic, and the ideas in his book are great for the current situation. Especially since they really work on not just strength, but power.  I love working on power, but that's a dicussion for another time. Short version: being able to generate power is super useful for all kinds of things in life.

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