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A Mind Bender Workout for Cardio, Strength, Power, and Grit

So, I have a weird habit of taking on (or creating) a smaller project to break up a larger project. It means I basically do "work" as a "break" and is part of the reason I get a lot of various things done in a small amount of time. Many years ago I discovered that I don't so much need or want a "break", it's more that I need a change of subject. A mental flavor changer...* One such project I have right now is for a friend who is very gifted with the tough love and real world motivation. This project has had a very welcome side effect of being very motivating.

Real workouts ain't purty. That's right, folks, workout photos aren't always pretty.

Now, I'm a self-starter, always have been, but we can all use some help. This has inspired me to get a little more organized. At the same time I'd been listening to James Altucher's The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth on Audible (here's a free trial and two free audiobooks)... so it all kind of converged over the holiday weekend. I like that book because it seems to support some of my odd behaviors and life choices. That's nice for a change.

Anyway, after eating not one but TWO slices of my friend's gluten free (but not free of anything else) delicious peanut butter pie on Christmas, along with a whole lot of leg of lamb and smoked turkey, I really felt like I needed to get out and put those calories to work the next day.  I also wanted to mess with my own head.

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

FLASHBACK!!!!!  Originally posted last year, but I found it (Thanks Facebook Memories) and then thought, let's get it out again! :) :)   Let me know if you try the challenge! :)

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 GiryaGirl.com 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

How to Workout with Kettlebells and Do Laundry at the Same Time

The following situation has the potential to cause the following: a fast, challenging workout and a clean load of laundry (I'd recommend putting at least one towel in there so you have a warm fluffy towel for a post workout shower). I really hate chores, but I like to workout... and both need to be done regularly... here's an example of how both can get done at the same time!

Short Kettlebell workout for laundry time

Quick Kettlebell Workout, How to Assemble the Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Pull Up Bar, and More Exercise Ideas

Realized that I should probably space out the podcasts for you! There's two more episodes on the way soon, but in the mean time, I wanted to share a short workout (or what could be the meat and potatoes part of a session) I did last night.

GiryaGirl Blog - Kettlebell workout and how to assemble the Dragon Door Bodyweight Master Free Standing Pull Up Bar

I had limited time because of a bunch of computer related tasks and more importantly a friend was coming over to walk her puppies around my neighborhood (long story, but my neighborhood is way more fun).

Beginner's Mind in All Things... a Workout and Notes from the Orlando Maker Faire

First off, I'm very happy with the decision to "finally get around to" ordering that 10kg kettlebell. GiryaGirlHQ now has doubles in 10lb, 8kg, 10kg, 12kg, 14kg, 16kg, 18kg, 20kg, 24kg, etc. Many of my very strong women clients and workout partners have been wanting access to the pair of 10kg, and they are just a great all-around size to work with. For advanced people, they can present a really great double bottoms-up press challenge too... So, after realizing the double 10kg kettlebells were perfect for a workout partner of mine, I wrote this little thing up, grabbed the 10kg for her and meant to get the 14kg for me, but left one upstairs, so I did it with a pair of 16kg and took my time.

Double Trouble Poker Chip workout

This"double-trouble" style workout uses the poker chips to allow for self-pacing. Poker chips for what?!  So here's the deal... I started occasionally bringing a little box (and on some occasions a big box) of poker chips to the small group class a few years ago after we all had some comically absurd difficulties keeping track of reps and rounds of things.  Then I realized that it might be fun to assign a set of one exercise to each color chip and give each participant a little stack of each color to work through at their own pace. It also was a fun experiment in human behavior as each participant seemed to apply their own personal strategies.  Some people did the exercises they liked the most first, others did the exercises they liked the least first to "get them over with" others worked down the line doing everything in the order on the workout color key. Some kept the chips in neat stacks, others mixed the chips in a large pile and just grabbed whatever was on top. SO INTERESTING! If you try it, let us know what you end up doing with your workout!

In other news, those of you following along on Twitter, Instagram and a little on Facebook might have seen a mention of the recent Orlando Maker Faire. I haphazardly mashed a lot of the media I recorded while there into a video below, but before we get to it, one of a really fun moments was their "learn to solder" station.

Let's Train in Chicago!

SCC Strength Calisthenics CertificationLet's train together in Chicago! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) is coming to Chicago June 3rd, 2017. Register early to save $50. Hope to see you there. This powerful one-day workshop is great for trainers looking to upgrade their calisthenics toolkit, or for serious exercise enthusiasts who want to fine-tune their own training.
 

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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