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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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A Workout, a Template, a Tetanus shot, an Introduction, and Something to Look Forward to!

Let's start with the workout and you can decide how much entertainment beyond that you'd like.  This has been a fairly crazy week, as usual.  For about a week I had misplaced the completed "little gray Moleskine notebook" that I'd been scribbing workouts to test and the results and adjustments of them. Since there's been some joking about certain people "snagging it and making some $ from it" I took full advantage of joking back at them knowing full well that I'd just misplaced it in a bag or backpack.  Finally found the darn thing last night.   Fortunately for you, I'd already put most of the best workouts up on this site in the workouts area anyway.  

A GiryaGirlTV YouTube Trailer, Last Night's Workout, and What's on the Horizon!

Have been getting some very fun feedback on this first foray into "iMovie Movie Trailers". Decided to finally start making my YouTube channel a little cooler, starting with it's own little movie trailer below:

Breaking Mental (Rep Range) Blocks... A Sandbag, Bodyweight, Kettlebell Workout

My workout Moleskine notebook inside Zach Even-Esh's Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning

(Another small group workout is coming soon, but I wanted to share another "getting the New Year started right" workout with you first!  The workout written below is seen in it's "beta" form in my notebook above on the right side of the page... With handwriting that bad, maybe I should have been a doctor?!?)

This workout certainly isn't for beginners, though with some thoughtful alteration it could be made appropriate for any level*.  It's emphasis is on work capacity and strength endurance... along with some very very very basic mental training as mentioned below.

"I'm sorry, I may have written this one while in a not-so-great mood..."

My workout partner and I were both very ready for a serious challenge. The rep ranges chosen were for a specific reason... we do a whole lot of things with 20 swings, 30 rope throws, etc. Similarly we've been doing a lot of farmer's walks with weights to the side, or overhead. This workout mixed it up using an Ultimate Sandbag in the Zercher position for the carry portion of the workout. Because the walking distance was pretty challenging (measured out at 260 feet round trip... to figure out a way to make it an even 100 yards total next time), there's the option to drop and re-clean the sandbag at the midpoint.

A Bear (Complex) in the Park -- Workout for Kettlebells and Ultimate Sandbags!

Bear in the Park Sandbag and Kettlebell WorkoutKept going back and forth with how to "rank" this one (I'd type out one line, and then think "oh yeah advanced" type out the next and think "intermediate" then realized... if you are comfortable with all the exercises in the workout then the "level" is really determined by the weights you choose, and the length of the rest breaks you take... so since I had to pick something, I left it on "intermediate".  It should also be noted that when I did the workout, I used a Power Ultimate Sandbag for some of it, and a Strength Ultimate Sandbag to just test a couple things out... before it felt like I was going to see stars or something. Suffice it to say the difference between a smaller, lighter sandbag and a heavier, bigger, floppier sandbag was stealthily extreme).

Heavily influenced by both the DVRT system of Ultimate Sandbag training AND Zach Even-Esh's Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning, this was a fun workout for a mind-obliteratingly weird and mildy stressful (understatement) day.  Fortunately (or rather unfortunately) my good friend and training partner had had a similar day and was up to this challenge.  I knew that with both of our wobbly mental states it would be a good idea to have this one written down with alternatives if we (or the terrain) became uncoopertive. (Example: this workout originally included battling rope throws, but when we got to the designated park found the grass to be very damp).

Upstairs, Downstairs... a Workout for Kettlebells, Stairwell, and Bodyweight

Upstairs, Downstairs Kettlebell Bodyweight and Stairwell workout from GiryaGirl.comThis workout certainly isn't for everyone since it uses a "found staircase" I suppose a stepmill could be used for it, but part of the "fun" of the workout is self-regulating how fast you're taking the stairs, and sharing heckles with your training partner related to who has the inside or outside of the staircase....   Here in Florida we don't have many buildings with a ton of stairs, but this particular location seems to fit the bill for this workout.

Hyperwear 10lb Unisex weight vest

Also, I decided to up the "fun" factor and wear my 10lb Hyperwear weight vest (click here for exhaustive review, photos, etc.) for the first circuit... to many 10lbs might not sound like a whole lot, but I can tell you it's very sneaky, especially during the... oh wait, during all of it.  Towards the end, the kettlebell swings felt like ALMOST a "break"  HAHA!  It was about 80 degrees and humid last night so those of you up north might not be able to relate, but starting on the 3rd round I began to sweat so much that after taking a jokingly emphatic break after the sit-outs*, I left a sweaty ear print on the ground.  Yes... the outline of my ear! 

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