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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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The Great 38, A Birthday Workout Challenge!

The Great 38 Kettlebell and Bodyweight Birthday WorkoutEven 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...

Everything with Nothing, A Bodyweight Only Workout For Anytime, Anywhere

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Coming back from the Encinitas, California PCC workshop last week meant flying out of the San Diego airport on a red eye flight from SAN to ATL to back home.  And while I was thankfully upgraded on the flight from SAN to ATL, that was still just maybe 2 hours of precious sleep before hitting the ground in Atlanta and hopefully wandering into the correct terminal. Those of you up early enough that morning were "treated" to a couple of experiments with sleep-deprived deadpan humor on instagram with official seeming but highly ironic "pro travel" themed hashtags. Yesterday I flooded instagram with videos and images of critters from Disney's Animal Kingdom... instead of the usual food fitness, and silliness content.

Kettlebell Small Group Workout for Adding in a Fit Beginner

Considering the skill, time, and practice required to really get good (and safe) with kettlebell swings, a challenge that surfaces many times for instructors, trainers, and coaches is in the form of someone I call a "fit beginner".  In other words, this person may come into your gym with a high degree of athleticism, already in shape, and with great strength and endurance.  But they are coming to you because they want to learn the skills necessary to take their training to the next level - or because of their gym experience they know they need your help as an RKC or HKC instructor to learn about kettlebells the right way first.   YES, the Fit Beginner does exist, I've trained several of them (and they're awesome!).

The "Check In" Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout... and an Introduction to Hylete!

It was time for a benchmark workout yet again.  Small group had been working very hard over the past few weeks.  We've been working out indoors in airconditioned comfort these days and the concern was raised that maybe we were losing our edge.  I am proud to say that we most certainly aren't.  But now we know that the extreme sweat earned is actually earned...

The Great Outdoors... A Stacking Workout Circuit

Should issue a warning to my friends/workout partners and small group whenever I start reading about things like SEALFIT or am in the early chapters of Lone Survivor and learning all about what those guys go through in Indoc and BUD/S etc.   It warps my own sensibility in terms of "difficulty" when I push myself through a challenge.  Now, there's this terrible little voice in the back of my head saying stuff like "Tired? Seriously? You're not getting sprayed with water or covered in sand!  This is NOTHING!"  While it's definitely not NOTHING, and our intermediate/advanced circuits are nothing to sneeze at, it's a good reality check too.  A recalibration of self-awareness, some serious inspiration, and hopefully a little bit of leveling up.   Similarly it's fun to look back both as an enthusiast and as an instructor to think about how much more I can do and teach now as opposed to just a few years ago.

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