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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.

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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!)

Slackline and Mace Experimental Challenge - Unconventional Outdoor Balance and Mobility Training [VIDEO]

It's that brief but magical time of the year in Florida where on a few days it is very nice outside. Soon, it will be unbearably hot, humid, and with afternoons full of steaming hot rain. BUT until that time, I try to get outside (in the shade at least) as much as possible.

Hawk approved balance and mobility outdoor workout

Yes, this is a silly graphic, but it's 100% true. I really enjoy observing the occasional bird of prey, and it is uncanny how many of my own workouts and those of the kettlebell small group are attended by a hawk. It's probably the time of day, but it still seems very special.

Slacklining is a great excuse to go out and play, and yesterday I decided to also take along my very cool mace from Stronger Grip.

A Great Excuse to Drag a Bunch of Things Out to the Park - Workout and Skill Practice

On somewhat of a lark it seemed like a fun idea to drag a variety of favorite "toys" out to the park today.  A friend met me for this challenge and I also wanted to borrow her slackline.  Because mine is SO stretchy I'd been having to hang it so high between trees that when I was jumping or falling off of it with the usual frequency it was starting to stress out my achilles tendon in that "this is why we STEP DOWN from high box jumps" way.  And I'm not about to shred up my achilles tendon when I can just borrow (and my new one is arriving tomorrow) one that we can hang lower and avoid the repetitive potentially damaging landings.  Also, over the past few months it's been a lot of fun to experiment with adding slackline into a workout given its VERY mental and neurologically challenging.  In leu of a slackline, and/or if you're not yet at the point where you can walk the full length of one without an issue (normally) then it might be a good idea to choose something like a balance beam, or other safe/gentle balance challenge.  If anything it's best to err on the side of "too easy" as this sort of thing can get surprisingly challenging depending on the rest of your circuit.

After unloading the car and making a corner of the park look like it was the domain of  very strong, very spoiled child, we began this version of our slackline workout experiment

Slacking Off on Labor Day and Musings on Conquering "Impossibility"

Happy Labor Day! Hopefully you're spending time outdoors with a grill going or some kind of related activity. It's a good excuse to get outside (weather permitting), and do something active. Yesterday and friend and I took out our slacklines and got in some practice. I've really been enjoying this challenging but oddly relaxing activity lately. It seems to fit in very well to balance out (no pun intended) some of the very high tension, maximal bodyweight and kettlebell activities too. Balance has never been a "weakness" necessarily, but it has never been something I've been particularly strong in either outside of tai chi and just basic coordination.

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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