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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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Descending Ladder Kettlebell and Sandbag Burpees Workout With How-To Video

Originally I wrote a version of this sandbag and kettlebell workout for one of my very fit clients. Halfway through her session, I realized I was envious and would be doing a version of it myself that very evening!

Descending Ladder Workout with Kettlebells and Sandbag Burpees!

Descending ladder workouts are a lot of fun AND they let you get in a ton of high quality, strict form reps. When I write a descending ladder workout for someone, or for myself, I choose a rep range that allows me to perform each with precision, even if the last few get a little challenging. The idea is that since each round drops off either one or two reps, you never get to the point where you're sacrificing good form just to get in the numbers.

Here's What I Think About Dan John's New Book, The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge!

Dan John's The Hardstyle Kettlebell Challenge Book Cover

Was so proud to see that Dragon Door chose to include my endorsement of Dan John's book (out on eBook TODAY, paperback is coming in about 6 weeks) on the promo page and within the book itself. Here's how I feel about the book and how much I would recommend that you check it out if you are even vaguely interested in kettlebells!  If you love working with kettlebells or are an instructor, then this is pretty much a "must have". While it's easy to dismiss the HKC skills as for "beginners" that's a big mistake. Every time I revisit these solid basics, my training and my students' and clients' training improves too.

ANYWAY here was my response to the pre-release version of the book (which from what I can tell is the exact same as the ebook that went live today!


Much like the HKC itself, Dan John’s new book drills down to the absolute essentials of kettlebell strength and conditioning. Ultra practical, the HKC book includes all the necessities, how to use them, plus how to create programs for nearly any fitness level or athletic need.

While some may think that the three exercises of the HKC, the Swing, get-up, and goblet squat can’t possibly be enough, after 7 years as an RKC, and 6 as an RKC-II, Dan John’s HKC book has inspired me to simplify my training, and that of my clients—with great results. The “basics” are so important to Hardstyle kettlebell training, and this book doesn’t just make the case, it shows you exactly how to implement these crucial basics for any level, too.

I would recommend this book for kettlebell instructors and enthusiasts at all levels.

Adrienne Harvey, Senior PCC, RKC-II, CK-FMS


The ebook version from Dragon Door is in PDF form, click here to buy it with instant download. It's also available on Kindle! :)

For an emoji summary of how I feel about the book, see below:

Backyard Challenge! Using Everything in a Sequence

Crazy Backyard Challenge! Earlier today I was training someone with kettlebells and had also brought out a very cool pair of custom made paralettes from Ryan Pitts of Stronger Grip. They are excellent for l-sits as well as slightly raised push-ups (we even sometimes do push up walks up and down the two of them). Later I set up the slackline, then decided to get out the throwing knives and throwing stars, and then the Neuro-Grips, and, and... realized I had managed to drag out a whole bunch of stuff into the yard.  Before bringing everything back inside, I thought it might be fun to create a couple of non-stop sequences that used nearly everything in some way, and that kind of traveled from piece to piece.  So here we go!

I should also share the workout from earlier which was inspired by Zach Even-Esh's awesome book, The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning. My new client is already extremely athletic, and the ideas in his book are great for the current situation. Especially since they really work on not just strength, but power.  I love working on power, but that's a dicussion for another time. Short version: being able to generate power is super useful for all kinds of things in life.

Doing 500 Kettlebell Swings & the Red Delta Project Podcast

First off, it's always a huge honor to be a guest on a podcast, but especially on Matt Schifferle's Red Delta Project podcast yet again. It's been a while since we've chatted, but we made up for lost time quickly. Check it out on iTunes: Exploring Freestyle Workouts w/ Adrienne Harvey - The Red Delta Project Podcast or his website.

fun with a 40kg Dragon Door Kettlebell
40kg of fun...

One of the things I mentioned in the podcast is that I'm still adjusting my training to balance with the occasional endurance challenges that come with the 3-5 hrs a week of Systema training that's now in the mix. Matt was interested to hear about that, but also was curious about the workouts I've been doing here in the backyard which include giant rocks, throwing stars, throwing knives etc. along with the usual kettlebells and calisthenics.

The Sculpture Garden Workout: Large Stone Stacking, Kettlebell Swings, Mace 10&2s, and more!

Those of you following me on social media already know I've been having a lot of fun coming up with outdoor workouts recently--and that I've found a bunch of smooth stones to play with too.  After finding a good selection of them in various weights (though I am not sure how heavy the largest one is yet, but am fairly sure it weighs a little more than I do) 100+?, 100, 60, 40, etc. I decided to make up a game-like workout that included the challenge of lifting, carrying, then stacking the stones.

Sculpture Garden kettlebell, stone stacking, and mace workout

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