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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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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

Finding Even More Value with the Bottom-Up Kettlebell Get-Up (and a Workout)

This past Thursday the class focused on strikes. Now, it may come as a surprise to some of you, but I am not in the habit of going around and hitting people. It was an interesting psychological block to work though, which I am now thinking is very important. If I need to hit someone, I have a lot less qualms now.  Granted, I have made it 40 years without having to hit anyone, and here's hoping that continues. All the straight-wrist kettlebell training definitely kept in handy, but making the mental connection (intellectually of course it was already there) was a fun challenge.  Needless to say I decided to do more bottom-up get-ups the next day.
Bottom-up get-up and H2H kettlebell swings workout

Since I wanted to take my time with the reps, I chose a modest weight, the 10kg kettlebell. The handle is thicker than the 8kg, so there's more to grasp, but the lighter weight allowed me to go super slow. I also wanted to get my heart rate up, so I added in some swings.  Here's the simple workout I did, which could be easily scaled up or down, or done for a longer time as well.

The "Half and Half" Kettlebell Workout

I have a real love of heavy single kettlebell swings, especially in sets of 10. That rep range really lets me focus on the form and generate as much power as I can, then the set ends before anything has the chance to get weird. For this reason I really love this rep range for advanced beginners or even intermediate folks for regular swings, they don't have time to let a bad habit sneak in, and plenty of great quality reps get in their memory banks. So, if the kettlebells are properly chosen there's plenty of opportunity to get some near maximal moments in this simple workout. Especially when going for 10 rounds....  That being said, when I did this with a workout partner, I brought out a selection of kettlebells in case we wanted to swap heavier or lighter.  So, in addition to the 32kg kettlebell and pair of 16kg kettlebells mentioned in the example workout, I had a 24kg and a pair of 12kg, a 20kg, and a pair of 10kg. Yes, I have quite the collection... I now have enough kettlebells to open my own gym, or lead a pretty decent sized group class of men and women of various fitness levels... (yes, that's foreshadowing...)
 

The Half N Half Kettlebell Workout

Other things to consider when choosing your kettlebells for this workout: if you go lighter, then really focus on your skills, making every rep super perfect while minimizing rest/breaks.

A Mind Bender Workout for Cardio, Strength, Power, and Grit

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.

Real workouts ain't purty. That's right, folks, workout photos aren't always pretty.

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.

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