So... I hate to admit this, but back in the day (mid-late 90s) many of us would enjoy a post-club trip to the ol' IHOP. My standard food order was the "Short Stack" which wasn't a completely obscene number of pancakes. They'd still sit like rocks, but it was a good time with friends that mattered most at that time. You may be amused to find out that I was never too keen on sweets and would usually just add butter and no syrup to my pancakes, a habit that persisted for several years until I just stopped eating pancakes all together. I just feel better avoiding those kinds of meals. But anyway. I wanted you to know the origin of this workout name! The Short Stack! The other HUGE (and more important) influence for this sequence was a workout I recently saw from Senior RKC Chris Holder.
Depending on where you are with your fitness level (or stress level that day!) be smart when choosing yourfor this one. I went with the I would use for my weight class for the test ( ), but you may wish to use one above or below your chosen . The next time I do this one, I will be challenging myself with either the or maybe even the ! WOOHOO!
It goes without saying that doing a great mobility warm up and cooldown sequence is always a good thing.
Those of you who were following along last Weds/Thursday onand Youtube know that the journey out to the first ever Certification ( ) Workshop in the UK was a little bit.... challenging. The weather plus "waitng on equipment" had me scrambling to get canceled flights rebooked... then rebooked again in order to make it to Newcastle, England in time to sleep at least a LITTLE before having to help lead the workshop the next day. Fortunately even after hearing "there's nothing else we can do" several times and jumping up the chain of command food chain, "there's ALWAYS a way" prevailed and I arrived victorious (though 10 hrs behind my original scheduled arrival). My secret to lack of jetlag: a "life of chaos" (I kinda hate routines and normality in any and every form... that and the occasional exuberant workaholic marathon--of my own freewill), sheer stubbornness, medallion status, and all carry-on luggage.
After a recentWorkshop, when I was helping Al and Danny take some of their fun pictures around downtown Minneapolis, they mentioned working on a new book and collecting photos for it, and asked if I could come up at some point soon for a few. We talked about some tentative dates etc and of course in my head, I was already setting things in order to make it happen. If the guys want me to be in another of their awesome books, then guess what, I WILL MAKE THAT HAPPEN.
Besides, this was going to be a chance to also check out the famous Brooklyn backyard of--complete with the home made part-scaffolding workout rig. This thing is famous. At one of the very first , I remember a participant waxing poetic about it and talking about how much he would like to just go hang out with them in their backyard, workout and have fun.
Trying to remember who he was, but he was pretty obsessed (justifiably) with the cool modular design of the infamous blue bar configuration in Danny's backyard. In all fairness, it features in videos and online tutorials quite frequently. So in honor of that guy, who if that's you, please let me know, there was NO WAY I was going to pass up a chance to hang out with Danny and Al taking photos and working out. Besides, I wanted to get a good look at that home made rig.
Here's a "Support" which some of you will recognize as the very first step ( Vol.2) towards a flag aka " " this photo also shows off that super cool hand-painted banner that Al and Danny had displayed for the afternoon.
Upcoming Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) Workshops, Carry Over and Putting the "FUN" in Functional
First of all, I'm really pleased to announce that I'll be helping Al andat two upcoming Workshops! One in April in Minneapolis, MN (there's still time for you to register... don't miss it!) and the other in one of my favorite cities in the world, NYC! While a sizeable discount still is in effect for the NYC one, there's a limited number of spots available (even though the workshop isn't until June!) so I'd suggest that if you're interested in going, you should try to sign up asap. Below are direct links to the workshop details/registration pages:
- Progressive Calisthenics Certification, MN (April)
- Progressive Calisthenics Certification NYC (June)
It's an absolute joy to help Al and Danny out at these, their enthusiasm is infectious and there's always some new little game-changers I pick up from them whenever we're in the same general area. At some point about 30 seconds into the first day of the workshop, the mind-meld happens and you'll see amusing things start to happen like Al explaining something, while Danny and I demonstrate it from 2 different angles, or from 2 different difficulties. Many times we don't rehearse that beforehand, a