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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  :)

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How to Join the 1%... of Kettlebell and Calisthenics Strength

I forget what business summit I was attending but for good or for ill my behaviors as an iconoclast, contrarian, and overall weirdo were being verbally encouraged by the speaker.

Raised Hands Push-Up Variation

It's fun to finally be commended for going against the tide, of swimming upstream, and NOT doing what everyone else is doing. The speaker was saying that the much maligned "1%"--at least the part that worked for it, and didn't just inherit it... or those that inherited it and kept it--were there because of BEHAVIOR... namely rare behaviors. It was pretty obvious, pretty quickly that these "rare" behaviors were the same across many different fields, not just business, marketing etc. The main thing was DO the WORK.  Focus on the basics, and DO THE WORK.

A Short But Fun Underground Strength Inspired Exercise Break... After an Adventure!

It's been an interesting weekend... getting a lot done, maybe a little too much because as the sun started to go down today I found myself wanting to go outside and play for lack of a better term.  Some may refer to this as a "workout" but considering what I did and how fun it was I think it was more like a slightly more grown up version of playing in the yard.  Unfortunately, it got a little too dark outside for me to shoot a video of it. Thankfully with the timing and the holiday weekend, I had a big chunk of the parking lot to myself. I am NOT the weirdest neighbor here by a long shot so it would have been ok if someone saw me.  Many of the people in my neighborhood are active in some way--we have a guy in his late 70s who regularly practices Convict Conditioning style push ups on the railings, there's someone across the street who does sledgehammer training, plenty of kayakers, stand up paddleboarders, cyclists, etc around here so my antics are pretty much par for the course--except for when I climb things and leave little footprints in unlikely, oddly far-from-the-ground places...

Monkey Bar Monday - Rope Climbing in Providence, RI and A Scaled At Home Version!

Monkey Bar Monday #MonkeyBarMonday

As you may have gathered I shot a fair amount of video while in Providence, Rhode Island recently.  The weather was ideal (slightly cool and overcast outside) not only for running around but acting as a natural light diffusor for pretty good video!!!  When we arrived at Brown Street Park, I had that whole feeling you get as a kid when you see the playground and you can't seem to wait any longer.  The urge to sprint across the grass and immediately begin climbing on something was very hard to overcome. 

One of the topics we'll hopefully explore in the podcast I'm recording (AGAIN! Long story...) tomorrow with a local, very accomplished movement focused chiro friend is the importance of play, and exploration of movement--especially as adults.  Often we have to give ourselves "permission" to play or explore as adults, as we're all too accustomed and comfortable with highly structured activities.  I don't want to get into that too much here, because Chad and I have a lot to say about it that you will hopefully enjoy later this week.  Monkey Bar Monday is kind of my attempt to remind people to have some fun even on a Monday with an active pursuit of some kind.

The video below is pretty funny... the monkey bars were so high off the ground that I couldn't even jump to reach them!  As with almost all my videos, this is completely unscripted, and for whatever reason we were kinda slap-happy at this point.

A Challenging Workout For A Time Of Less Thinking

Zach Even-Esh Book and Warmup

There's a lot more to write and a lot more adventures to share, but I wanted to put this little workout here to tide you over.  It's an appropriate interlude since it was designed to help out on a day when I figured that at least one member of the kettlebell small group (including myself) would be experiencing or approaching "decision fatigue".  It's just that kind of week, so when I get that feeling its time to stack the deck in the favor of good outcomes and default situations of an optimal nature.  Also wanted to choose something that would "self-scale" to everyone's abilites and energy levels.  Since the people showing up all really know what they're doing, I can count on them to know when to really dive in, and when to back off.  This workout allows for that nicely.  This sort of workout was originally inspired by some of the workouts Mike Krivka has in Code Name: Indestructible some of which are smart/sane versions of AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workouts.

A Challenging But Oddly Stress-Relieving Workout

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning by Zach Even-EshThis fun challenge I wrote up for a friend and I became a neat strength endurance challenge of the "accidental cardio" variety (in places).  I've been gearing up for Zach Even-Esh's Underground Strength Coach workshop in Orlando, and essentially using that as an excuse to come up with more "General preparedness" workouts inspired by his book the Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.  Not to go too far into this next subject, but as a lot of these sort of workshops are usually attended by a bunch of guys, I make it my personal responsibility to be super prepared as to not be needing any special treatment.   I take great pride in that sort of thing and NEVER want to be the reason that a workshop is slowed down. Gotta be able "to hang" as "they" say. Right?

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