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Monkey Bar Monday - Exploring Bar Hangs For Time [Video]

There's a very cool (and very recommended) progression in Convict Conditioning Vol 2 all about hanging from one or two arms (along with towel hangs which are amazingly challenging) to develop grip strength, and I've been doing bar hangs at home about every other day usually for a minute or more. Current PR is 1 minute 30 seconds, and while I could have gone a little longer, I had a lot of typing to do that day and didn't want to risk it. As it was, my fingers were still a little numb after that session. A really fun way to get more time on the bar than you may thing is possible is to challenge a training partner (who is fairly well-matched in ability) to a hang contest. Sometimes a few of us will see who can stay in crow longest, etc. too, and with enough rest and finger stretching you could even have both of these "grudge matches" in the same session. Definitely make sure your wrists and fingers are warmed up for both the hangs and the crows though, and it's also a great idea to repeat gentle wrist and finger mobility and stretching throughout a session like that!

Exciting Stuff! New Interview with Master RKC Dan John, a Monkey Bar Monday Video, and a Free Productivity Tool!

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There's always too much to talk about!  First of all, just got back from the first ever SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) Workshop in NYC.  The SCC is a new 1 day, jam-packed with info calisthenics workshop and certification from Dragon DoorIt's so new that there aren't new ones to sign up for yet!  Will keep you posted.  But this past weekend was a giant success and the people who showed up were just fantastic.  Here's Al Kavadlo's recap blog post so you can see some of the cool photos from the event too.

In other news, also last weekend, the brand new interview with Master RKC Dan John came out!  It was great to interview him again, especially since so much has happened since our first interview years ago.  There's a lot of great ideas, training philosophy, Dan-John-isms and of course several good chuckles in there too.  Rememeber, "Keep the goal the goal."

Monkey Bar Monday and Outdoor Flow State Fun with Slacklining

Happy ‪#‎MonkeyBarMonday‬ everyone! For some of you who have seen the preview on Instagram, here's the whole thing... including the "spiders" obstacle.

Monkey Bar Monday Playground Edition

While I am not in the least bit afraid of spiders (and at one point had about seven pet tarantulas) I am not about to just shove my hand through a spiderweb with the spider sitting in it looking right at me. HAHAHA!

Also after a hectic (but productive) week, I spent a fair amount of time slacklining. It's been a while since I have, mainly due to time and mostly due to nasty weather as rain and muddy ground is not conducive to a good time for Slacklining.

Special Edition Monkey Bar Monday - With Extra Monkey

Monkey Bar Monday Providence Rhode Island

This particular Monkey Bar Monday is especially special for a few reasons.  The most obvious one will be (and those of you who stalk me on social media already know about this) that I'm in a different city at the moment! I've spent the past few days having a much needed mastermind (business, life, etc) with a good friend and fellow RKC, Amber Lee (Twitter: Geekpixie) in Providence, RI.  We've been nailing down some strategies, talking theory and practice, and geeking out on "meatspace" things as well as multiple layers of digital life, business, and best practices across multiple fields. Several times since the early 2000s, our lives have intersected in meaningful ways. That whole thing is an interesting story for sure, but that's less of a blog story and more of a we're all sitting around eating stuff together story.

The other special thing about this Monkey Bar Monday is that there's "extra monkey"!! "Monkey See, Monkey Do" was a huge part of why I was able to do what I was able to do for this week's video. The video embedded below is my first ever actual factual successful run of Traveling Rings. And there's a few reasons that it was able to happen. To be honest with you, I'd actually kind of given up.  I thought maybe that I was too short or my arms were too short or... I dunno.  I gave it what I thought was my best shot.  But it just didn't work.  As we were parking and walking over there we saw someone else get a couple rings into it and then drop off and I thought "oh geez that person made a few of those look easy but then they didn't get all the way across!"

Let's Train in Chicago!

SCC Strength Calisthenics CertificationLet's train together in Chicago! The Dragon Door SCC (Strength Calisthenics Certification) is coming to Chicago June 3rd, 2017. Register early to save $50. Hope to see you there. This powerful one-day workshop is great for trainers looking to upgrade their calisthenics toolkit, or for serious exercise enthusiasts who want to fine-tune their own training.
 

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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