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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  :)


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.  

The Medieval Mini D.O.E. Workout... aka Track Day v5.0 for Kettlebell, Mace, and Running Track

 A couple times of the year, an advanced client or two and I will decide to see where we're at in terms of cardiovascular performance.   "Performance" is judged on perceived level of exertion, whether or how much we need to walk at off, how fast we recover, how long we can go non-stop, how long it takes total time (when we even think to time it), etc.  Not terribly scientific metrics, but it works for us.  Yesterday was the day for this sort of thing.   We met up at the track in Baldwin Park - south Orlando based HKC, Jeremy Neufeld got brave and decided to join us as well.  He's a Primal Move instructor candidate who attended the Ocala workshop recently too.  He'd never really played with the maces we use in class sometimes, so he was in for a "treat."   Each person got a kettlebell and a mace - we were going "on the light side" since this is more of an endurance thing than normal.  Here's three examples:

Good Mojo in the Dojo, a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

The weather was supposed to be completely terrible - so we made plans to have the kettlebell small group class meet at the venerable martial arts hub known as East Coast Martial Arts Supply on Colonial.  This store has been there forever, and recently we've begun a very nice friendship.   Earlier in the week, I had a very fascinating intro to Systema lesson there and plan to continue training.   The place has a great feel anyway - and lots of great books, stuff, and those super simple "Kung Fu shoes" that I always seem to need to have around.&nb

A Count to 100 Kettlebell and TRX Workout

It's a Monday after a holiday weekend - a holiday notorious for various forms of overindulgence here in the USA... I didn't, but many people did. I did however get my sleep schedule all out of whack (which has the fortunate side effect of helping my writing/proofreading/editing abilities). A more unfortunately side effect is the endless stacks of books/papers/etc all over the place - not to mention the near avalanche of books which were delivered from Amazon from various carriers all day today. Something simple and mind clearing was in order...

We started with a Primal Move warm up

then simply knocked out 5 rounds of:

The Simple Supper - 4 Total Ingredients

This is an example of something I eat pretty regularly - it works great for 1-2 people.  You need a well seasoned cast iron skillet to make it work.  Likewise, all the ingredients - all four - must be of the utmost freshness and quality.

Ingredients for one:


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