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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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Live from downtown Durham, answers to Neuro-Grip questions! And Why I Haven't Been Doing Regular Pushups in Workouts

Dragon Door Neuro-Grips!
A lot of very cool things are happening at the moment, which is great, but it has kept me from writing as much as I'd like to here!  So in order to make up for that this will be a full featured fun post, hopefully including topics you're jazzed about as much as I am.
First off, I recently had an email inquiry: "what else can you do with Neuro-Grips besides push-ups?" I didn't know this person's fitness level so I provided a large variety of options. After writing them out, I was inspired to live stream some of them along with various tips from a really cool place in downtown Durham. 

Finding Even More Value with the Bottom-Up Kettlebell Get-Up (and a Workout)

This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now.  Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist kettlebell training definitely kept in handy, but making the mental connection (intellectually of course it was already there) was a fun challenge.  Needless to say I decided to do more bottom-up get-ups the next day.
Bottom-up get-up and H2H kettlebell swings workout

Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the 10kg kettlebell. The handle is thicker than the 8kg, so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings.  Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.

In Praise of Consistency, an EMOM Kettlebell Workout and Programming Around Daily Activities

Suddenly having access to a great outdoor training area has inspired me to step up my daily training and general activity level. Thankfully, by this age I've figured out that I can't go "all in" all the time. Recently, there's been a great series of articles by Dan John on DragonDoor.com and the first one (go read all five though) addresses the idea of consistency and continuity in training---and that most of our workouts should be on the medium-low level. This makes a lot of sense to me, especially now as I'm looking to add two days a week (hopefully schedule permits) of an 1.5 hour Systema class. When I took the trial class months ago (when I was considering moving to this area) I was impressed with the wonderful bodyweight and mobility warm-up, and the fact that the training did get significantly strenuous (I judged this by my extreme need for dinner afterwards). Given that class is tonight, I didn't want to show up recovering from a crazy all out bashfest and not be able to keep up with my cool new friends.

12 Minute Kettlebell EMOM Workout

I decided to use my RKC kettlebell Snatch Test weight for my weight class (women's open class 121-135lbs = 14kg) (they update this from time to time, so be sure to check here if you're preparing for an RKC Certification!)

Got Plans Next Weekend? A Celebration of Movement in Boston is Planned!

A celebration of movement in Boston next weekend! No prerequisites required for either event, but do NOT hesitate on registration, limited-registration, small classes on purpose. and the Primal Move Fundamentals class oversold last time by one so we had to actually kick Amber Lee OUT so that there was room for everyone.

We're kicking off Saturday June 29th, 2013 from 9AM-12PM with a Systema Fundamentals class with Fred Mansfield, Jr.—an accomplished martial artist who has studied Systema with Vladimir Vasiliev and others since 2006.   This 3 hour introductory seminar will focus on the basics of self defense and the core principles of Systema: breath, movement, relaxation, structure.  Other topics covered will include striking, escape from grabs/holds, and moving in a frantic crowd.

On Sunday June 30th, 2013 I'm leading a 3 hour Primal Move Fundamentals class, which will give you a solid intro and understanding of the system and how to use it to enhance your workouts, sports performance, and life! Rumor has it that some RKC leadership might be showing up to this class too. Bring your best questions as brains-to-be-picked will be close at hand. Register while you still can!

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