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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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12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge, Christmas Past Blog Round-up, Quick Workout Alternatives

FLASHBACK!!!!!  Originally posted last year, but I found it (Thanks Facebook Memories) and then thought, let's get it out again! :) :)   Let me know if you try the challenge! :)

Did you eat too much turkey? Pie? Ham? Mashed potatoes?  Maybe your aunt made that infamously irresistable mac n cheese like mine did this year.... maybe you got a crispy corner piece of it like I did... Needless to say that plus some black coffee got the creativity going along with the need to get moving... So for the 2015 Christmas post on GiryaGirl.com here's the brand new, UNTESTED (normally I test stuff out on myself and others before posting) 12 Days of Christmas Stacking Challenge!

12 Days of Christmas Stacking Workout Challenge

Merry Christmas, Goal Thoughts, and Something Awesome is FREE!

First off -- MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!   Hopefully you're having fun with your favorite people today.  Also, for "Festivus" celebrators... hopefully you are not trying to heal up any "feats of strength" related injuries.  Mom and Dad sent me a hilarious video this morning of their occasionally rambunctious dog tearing the stuffing out of his favorite new toys. 

So... after reviewing the fantastic info-filled notes at the beginning of the Convict Conditioning Log Book (the PDF Ebook version is free as a gift from Dragon Door until Jan 1st, 2014!!) I've decided to embark on the "Lockdown" plan - slightly modifed to fit some specific workshop-based goals of course (some of which will be easily programmed in the place of "sports"). Several days in now and I am very happy with this decision. If you're a fan of Convict Conditioning or the whole Progressive Calisthenics thing, then consider checking it out. It's also great for people who don't necessarily like specifically prescribed rigid programming (though if you wanted you could use it for that too) I've created a sort of "personal challenge" for the next 2 months -- and since a lot of my goals are skill based and/or abstract these days (and NO, many times, my goals are not S.M.A.R.T. aka specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time-bound, it doesn't mean they're "unsmart" either).   Which brings me to a favorite subject... breaking the rules!!!!!

Simple Workouts that Can Travel with You Over the Holidays

Hope the season is bringing you maximum joy with minimum frustration!  Was just thinking about all the magazine articles and blog posts out there which will be offering up all the usual holiday advice for surviving feasts (or not giving yourself a hard time for indulging--that seems to be a new theme this year), and well meaning, but often over complicated holiday workout plans. 

I think the cliche of "no matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch" is a good think to keep in mind during the holidays.   Mainly, making an effort to stay reasonably active and keeping portion sizes reasonably appropriate.   One year, my folks and I were on different but similarly low carb eating strategies - and while our plates were just as full as everyone else's, the choices of what we chose to eat (plenty of meats, green vegetables, one small dessert) ensured that instead of passing out on the couch, we decided to take a fun walk on the beach.   We also didn't have that painful "omg I am going to explode" feeling either.   AND by eating the good things we wanted, and plenty of them, we didn't have to deal with anyone giving us a hard time.   They just failed to notice in our joyous heaping plates there wasn't any mashed potatoes or sugary items.  So this is also a great approach for side-stepping any "well meaning" passive aggressive attempts to derail your healthy life choices.  

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