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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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Ask GiryaGirl: Should I go for the RKC the HKC or the PCC? Master the Kettlebell or Enter the Kettlebell?

Which workshop should I go to? HKC, RKC, and PCC

These questions pop up a lot in day to day life online, in person, and always in email.  So, it seems more than fair to answer them here for you too!

Q: I'm a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, strength coach, exercise enthusiast, etc. I want to learn more about kettlebells and fitness in an intensive way, which workshop should I choose?  What's the difference between the HKC, RKC, and PCC? And why would I choose one over the other? Should I take them all?

Another GREAT PCC Workshop, Dragon Flags, Kettlebell Swings and the Hip Hinge, and a NEW Podcast Episode

This past weekend, we wrapped up another fantastic PCC Workshop.   And yet again, we had an incredibly accomplished group in attendence... it's funny how the bodyweight crowd is just a little different, but incredibly atheltic too.  I helped to test candidates with the infamous Century Test alongside Al and Danny Kavadlo--a task I take VERY seriously.   When you pass the test in my line, you can have the knowledge that I am proud for you to represent not only the PCC program, but in some small way, also my own standards...

Some Very Inspirational Reading, and Do You Want a Podcast?

It's no secret that the Sweden PCC this past year was a wonderful success.  One of the very big reasons that was the case was the fantastic participants.   Malin Kirjonen was definitely a standout and she was a total blast to talk to.  I think she was born having adventures and travelling around the world.   At a young age she started her career as a trainer by leading a fitness boxing class at just age 16!   THEN you'll have to read the rest of the interview to hear how she fought her way to a national boxing title in Australia while she was there learning more about health and fitness.   Malin is one of those amazing go-getter women who really go after their dreams, and her story is far from over.  So it's a very good idea to get caught up on what's already happened!

Controversial but undeniably relevant, Marty Gallagher has been stirring up debate (and emotions) with his Iron Bible Blog.  Warning, occasionally the language gets PG-13 in places.  However his most recent post is absolutely one of my all time favorites.  If you're looking for a serious reality check and how to work past some workout (or life) hangups... then absolutely read his most recent post, How to Dissolve the "Little Man Inside Your Head"  Don't be scared off by the title, this gets very interesting. 

The 2nd Ever Progressive Calisthenics Certification Workshop Recap, Logan Christopher Podcast, Mental Stuff

This past weekend was the 2nd ever PCC workshop, and once again it was a fantastic experience.   The attendees were incredibly accomplished and really soaked up and applied everything we threw at them.   As always it's a sheer joy to support and help Al and Danny Kavadlo--their enthusiasm is infectious.  The volume of the weekend helps to justify some pretty awesome dinners too.  At one point I remember telling the group that they had literally done 2-3 WEEKS worth of clutch flag and human flag practice in one day -- and Al was quick to add that some of the participants had also made 2-3 weeks worth of progress at that time too.

As at the first ever PCC, many people were able to achieve some very advanced moves for the first time--even moves that they had been working towards for a long time.   I'm talking about first muscle-ups, levers of all varieties etc.   The complete stats in that regard will probably be made public pretty soon too.  I'll be sure to link you.   

Curious about the PCC? Click here for a link to the list of all upcoming PCC workshops.

In the excuse column of making a "tradition" I've recorded a little post-PCC recap video in the middle of my favorite non-restaurant place in St. Paul, MN.  It's a little park smack dab in the middle of the Mississippi river - the bandshell there is a fun spot for tai chi and the soft grass is great for headstands/handstands even though I didn't do any (did plenty this past weekend, thanks... including standing on my head with NO HANDS for what seemed like an eternity... yes I was braced on the wall!!).   Anyhow, here's the video:

It was super awesome that Logan Christopher could attend -- a couple years ago, I attended the two-day Super Human Training workshop he and Bud Jeffries have created.   Amusingly I make an appearance on some of their DVDs flipping a tire and pushing a sled!   That workshop was also a great introduction to some of the specialized mental training that's one of Logan's many specialties.   
After the workshop, Logan shared a really cool mental technique that immediately boosted my performance in handstand pushups (remember... this was after 3 days of helping at a workshop, and some fairly heavy-duty demonstrations!).  Logan's mental-imagery techniques took me from two tired HSPU reps to 5 solid, non-max reps.  Honestly, they were easier than ones I've done at home and I probably could have done more...  After a few days of rest I may set an all time PR (which would need to be a minimum of 12 HSPU)  Let's hope I can do that AND catch it on video for you.
In the mean time, here's a podcast that Logan and I recorded last week - it's so fun that it went live today -- and while you're there checking out the podcast, be sure to poke around Logan's cool website, Legendary Strength.  If you like what I do, I'm pretty sure you'll like some of the neat things that Logan is up to -- he's got such a wide range of strength and success related interests.   And... well he can pull a firetruck WITH HIS HAIR!!  Mad respect there.


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