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.
First off, if you haven't already checked it out, Explosive Calisthenics (sometimes referred to by enthusiasts and superfans as Convict Conditioning Vol 3) is now out in both paperback and eBook form! While the eBook might be convenient in some ways, like the fact that you wouldn't need to wait on or pay for shipping, the paperback is just really a while lot of fun. It's a full color large format book just like the original , and Vol 2 and chock full of inspiring photos of the progressions to some of the most impressive skills on the planet... including several that scare the heck out of me (back flip, front flip!). No disrespect to anyone, but the back flip and front flip guys probably impress me the most out of anyone pictured in the book. You'll even find a couple of photos of some people in there you may recognize as well! But as we all know, while the photos may be cool, the info is what we're after and that is in this book by the TRUCKLOAD!
The other fun item to share today is an article and bodyweight workout featured in Experience Life Magazine - Jen Sinkler wrote the article and she quotes the Kavadlo bros and myself in it - AND there's a workout with little pictures that you can do this weekend. (Let me know how it goes).
Congratulations to , releasing another book, this one focused on what is often (and especially in my case) the missing puzzle piece in strength work... . Because I am a voracious and often insatiable reader (because I like physical books, my collection is daunting) I have read Stretching Your Boundaries in its entirety! Pending putting up an "official" review up on , I wanted to let you in on some of my opinions right here.
Due to some odd and awkward past experiences related to yoga and how it is promoted to women here in the states, I am going to confess to you that I've not always had the best attitude towards it. And while much of my own physical practice has included forms of mobility and movement very closely related to yoga, its often taken on terminology more related to athletic strength or martial arts. I think of myself as having just enough flexibility, but in constant need of improvement.