So, I have a weird habit of taking on (or creating) a smaller project to break up a larger project. It means I basically do "work" as a "break" and is part of the reason I get a lot of various things done in a small amount of time. Many years ago I discovered that I don't so much need or want a "break", it's more that I need a change of subject. A mental flavor changer...* One such project I have right now is for a friend who is very gifted with the tough love and real world motivation. This project has had a very welcome side effect of being very motivating.
Now, I'm a self-starter, always have been, but we can all use some help. This has inspired me to get a little more organized. At the same time I'd been listening to James Altucher's The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth on Audible (here's a free trial and two free audiobooks)... so it all kind of converged over the holiday weekend. I like that book because it seems to support some of my odd behaviors and life choices. That's nice for a change.
Anyway, after eating not one but TWO slices of my friend's gluten free (but not free of anything else) delicious peanut butter pie on Christmas, along with a whole lot of leg of lamb and smoked turkey, I really felt like I needed to get out and put those calories to work the next day. I also wanted to mess with my own head.
The subject of EMOM workouts came up on the I use Interval Timer Pro from Deltaworks) on my iPhone to chime on the minute every minute for 20 minutes. I had a handy and decided to use it because 1. I really like the finish on that one, it's kind of slightly grippy and dry 2. Wanted to use something reasonably heavy for these short sets of swings--but wasn't feeling the need to set any world records. I was doing this at 10PM after all.forums recently and of course that made me immediately want to do one! It was late at night but I figured I had 20 minutes to spend wisely. After a short warm up (feel free to throw in some light weight or no weight get-ups) I set up the interval timer app (
OK! Here's what I did - it's simple, but it added up! I paused the timer in the middle for a water break but other than that, this is a great challenge to do all the way through. It's also easy to scale things on this model. You can always use another pulling movement instead of the strict pull-ups (example: Aussie pull-ups akarows).
What's all this MONDAY Monkey Business??!?
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).
Even though I'd made a "38 birthday workout" for a client a few years ago, and considered just recycling it for myself, I decided NOPE!! I need my own, and something goofily specific to what I like to do. So yes, there are pull ups involved. DEAD HANG pull ups of course...