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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  :)


Podcast with People Magazine's Sexiest Trainer Alive, and Inventor of Intrinsic Strength Training, Angelo Grinceri!

But FIRST! Here's how to do Angelo Grinceri's Intrinsic Strength Training Pull Ups!

One of the many reasons for this NYC trip was to meet up with some of the people I've been working with from a distance... and to talk them into podcasts when possible!  Yesterday's meeting with Angelo Grinceri was a TON of fun.  We’d already been babbling incessantly over Blue Bottle coffee, lamb salads, and Mast Brothers sheep’s milk chocolate–which was surprisingly and delightfully sheepy. Like sheep’s milk cheese and chocolate all at the same time. But when the conversation turned to grilled octopus I knew it was time to hit record… what follows is a rollicking conversation that traverses multiple subjects around more adventurous forms of health and fitness. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did! Keep watching for Angelo’s upcoming book with Dragon Door Publications, Intrinsic Strength Training.  View full post here to see the Instagram embeded videos from training with Angelo!

Link to a recent Dragon Door Interview with Angelo

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Bonus Podcast! 2016 Kickoff Experiement - "Questions From Google" Kettlebells, Bodies, Bums, and Challenges

Bonus Podcast!!!!! Kicking off 2016 with a little retrospective of questions, phrases, and search strings that people have typed into Google... and then ended up on my site.  Some are super important, some are silly (and yet still important at the same time).  I had fun with this one.

Going to be hitting the road again very soon, and decided that it was as good of an excuse as any to test out the secondary audio recorder I have... it's small and very roadworthy, but I was concerned about sound quality.  To my great and happy surprise, it recorded this podcast with ease, low noise and at a very nice quality.  It's earned a place in my bag for this trip, which is a great relief because the other recorder (which is great for pro audio and has XLR inputs and phantom power) is a bit clunky and conspicuous. 

I'll be guest teaching at Momentum Fitness in NYC, and two classes are already waiting list only, so get over there and sign up now while you still can! People don't usually register this far in advance apparently so... click here to sign up for a selection of bodyweight, kettlebell, sandbag and metcon classes taught by yours truly at Momentum Fitness in the Upper West Side. I'm really looking forward to this... at the same time I'll also be talking to some industry icons, friends, gym owners, authors, and thinkers... brace yourself for the onslaught of awesome content soon!!!

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Ask GiryaGirl: How Can I Get Arms Like That? How Do Kettlebells Work on Arms?

At least once every other week, someone has an arm-related question for me.   Sometimes they're amusingly rhetorical questions, sometimes not.  But there is a whole lot of thinking about arms going on in the world--and with everyone.  So here's my answers to a few of the more common "arm related questions" that keep popping up.  And please feel free to add your own "arm questions" to the comments section below this entry too!

Q: You must do a TON of curls, right?
A: Nope!  In fact, up until a few months ago I hadn't done any form of barbell or dumbbell curls in a matter of years (I was staying in a hotel that had a gym and after doing some get ups while holding a straight curling bar for fun, I did a few random curls with the barbell for the sake of nostalgia). 

Q: Ok, Where do "the guns" come from?  

A: Well.. let's work up from the hands - all the grip work and extensor work (I'd encourage you to do some of this to balance out all that pull up bar gripping and kettlebell gripping you might be doing*) will really shape the forearms.  Kettlebells in particular with their intense work of the grip will ensure shapely strong-looking forearms on most men and women.  Ok well I know you were really wanting to know more about biceps... 

Woah it's been a while! Outsourcing, NYC, Al Kavadlo, Equinox, RKC Love and MORE!

Wow, I feel like a slacker after I see how long it's been since I've made a blog post.   There are so many sitting in the queue half-finished right now that it's a bit embarrassing.   Needless to say a lot is going on, and thanks to a well placed "inspired by the 4-Hour Work Week" article in an airline magazine, I've decided to experiment further with outsourcing.  

The "study" officially began yesterday, it's HIGHLY scientific (LOL) and involves a legal-size notepad that has "BS Stuff I Don't Want To Do" scrawled across the top in my terrible handwriting.  Below that is a chart-like area in three parts: A big column for the "task I don't want to do", a small column as for whether it is something that can be outsourced (yes, no, maybe, needs research), and a small column after that for "Who/what".  

An Experiment.... Hardstyle Dog Training or More Reasons NOT to Practice Mistakes

Anyone who knows me in real like knows how much I love a good experiment.  Having made my science fair debut at age 5, I've been on a life-long quest for all kinds of answers.  Early highlights include (reworded, obviously): reciprocity of smiling, acidity and plant growth/survival, and of course all the undocumented backyard efforts.    Still one of my favorites, was some VERY groundbreaking work I did at age 6-7 into the nature of the male psyche.  I wrote and administered a detailed questionaire aimed at answering the urgent question "Why do boys like He-Man?"  Amusingly enough, I remember a few of the questions and have been known to still ask them on occasion.   More amusing is the fact that the answers given haven't really changed - don't misinterpret that to be a bad thing at all, by the way.  Guys, if you still want to grow up to be He-Man (I encourage this, but the outfit is questionable), I can suggest a few books/videos, etc. or get with your local RKC or HKC instructor!


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