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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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Podcast: A Chat With New Senior RKC Mike Krivka - Strategy and Beyond (and some silly stuff too)

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Right click, or click and save the link below so you can listen at your computer with ease, or transfer the MP3 to a portable player of your choosing.   Still am considering creating a regular "show" but am weighing the logistics and practicality against listenership.  Feel free to let me know how you feel about podcasts, MP3s, when/where you listen, and in what preferred format (see comments area).


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Orlando HKC Recap, a Shoulder Tip Video and Other Fun Stuff

It was really super that Senior RKC Beth Andrews could come down to Orlando and lead what was possibly the best HKC we've ever had.   It was held at Signature Fitness where a couple of my very good friends work.  The amusing part was their gym didn't really have a whole lot of kettlebells... so between two cars, we managed to transport all but three of my collection over to the HKC.   I borrowed three lighter kettlebells from another friend and local trainer to make sure the class would have everything they needed.   But it was pretty funny to watch all these kettlebells go out the door.   The only ones I had left were a 28kg, 36kg, and the infamous 48kg.  It was an odd feeling... Fortunately they're all "home" again now.  Promise I'm not a "kettlebell hoarder" these are all incredibly useful for myself and my clients (and no, that's not nearly all of them in the photo below)!

Beth did a terriffic job and let me help out a good bit too.   Everyone really seemed to enjoy her teaching style, and I felt like they all got a LOT of information.   The group that showed up to this particular HKC was probably the best prepared group I had ever seen.   EVERYONE was in great shape and had a good deal of experience as personal trainers, coaches, and in their own quest for fitness.   Many had been training for the HKC specifically for a while.   While not everyone came from the Orlando area, I feel like Florida and Orlando in particular is really in for a treat with these newly minted HKC instructors.

One of the topics which came up and which is so useful for kettlebell training and bodyweight training is the concept of what's sometimes referred to as "screwing the shoulder into the socket" or "shoulder packing" or having your shoulder "packed".   Below is a weird little video with loud bugs recorded in the "swamps of Winter Park" to explain this concept visually.   It's one of those things that is easy to show in pictures or video, but very difficult to describe via text.   Warning, I use some HIGHLY TECHNICAL anatomical phrases like "elbow pits." :)

The cool thing about this concept is that not only does it apply to pushups, it's also relevant to handstands, handstand pushups, and of course the top of the kettlebell Swing!

Ask GiryaGirl: Confusion with HKC, RKC, SFG, Photoshoots, Grab n Go Foods

This has been the week for very meaningful conversations. In addition to many messages, emails, and phone calls with friends and fellow instructors/trainers and aspiring instructors, I've conducted over 5 very intensive interviews this past week (and this week isn't nearly over yet). I can't wait for them to be ready to share. Some of the personal stories are inspiring to say the least.  But I don't want to give anything away just yet.     Many of the non-interview conversations brought up a number of questions that more people may want to hear answered, so I'll address them here too!

Something Simple, Something Brutal - a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

Really interesting day - mostly fun even - one of the highlights before class was visiting the really cool no-nonesense studio Leanne Ellington has in Maitland - I may have gotten her hooked on the RKC/HKC style kettlebell Swing - we had a blast discussing Primal Move, FMS, and quite honestly geeked out just a heck of a whole lot.

I felt like having a simple class (even though T/Th is usually "advanced") after all the talk of the power of just good old fashioned kettlebell swings and get ups.

A Kettlebell Workout, a Busy Week, a Visitor, and MORE!

It's been a great week, but as you can see from my personal lack of article posting here, a BUSY ONE too!    The good news is there's tons of new content on the way for you very soon.   In the mean time, here's what's been going on:  I switched up the schedule for Kettlebell Small Group - the now very exclusive class I teach - and this was a great thing to do because we had a much better attendence AND since no one had to really crush their schedule or commute to get here, the energy and enthusiasm was even HIGHER.   Of course, it also helped that the brains behind and soon-to-be-HKC-candidate, Janelle was visiting Florida this week too.   She's been able to join us for a couple of classes, and also a fun impromptu session at my favorite park last weekend. Read MORE!


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