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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  :)


The Doorbuster: An MMA Timing Inspired Workout for Kettlebell, Bodyweight, and Optional Ultimate Sandbag

While I was working on Mike Medrano's interview for Dragon Door last week, the idea of creating a conditioning workout based on the timing of an MMA fight was just too intriguing not to try.

So, on Black Friday in total rebellion of the usual activities most folks were doing, we headed out to the park with a workout I jokingly named "the Doorbuster."  Get Ups feature prominently in this workout also because of Mike's interview -- he mentioned that they were especially useful for the MMA fighter as he'd used them to get up from the ground during a fight.  Thinking about what I know about the get up, it made sense -- even to someone who isn't directly involved with MMA.

Interview with Mike Medrano, Pro MMA Fighter and RKC Instructor

I really enjoyed talking with Mike Medrano, a recently certified RKC Instructor who is a pro MMA fighter, and also just an all around very cool guy.  His lifelong interest in lifting and athletics have helped form his unique year round approach to training.  Check out his interview here on  In other news, click over to Instagram and see if you can play the little game going on.   I'll be curious to see how

VERY Proud of new HKC Katie, Thoughts on Haywire, Chinese New Year and MORE!

One of my first kettlebell clients really got into it in a big big big way - she started training with me at the very beginning and it feels like a million years ago. I remember meeting her in a park and teaching her how to do a Swing for the first time.  We also went through the get up and then we just had a little time to do 1 arm swings.   We continued to train and swap recipes over the following months.  She began to make rapid progress, mainly due to the diligence of her at-home practice along with attention to detail.   As a musician, she understood the importance of practice and applied this towards her workouts.  

CK-FMS, FMS, MMA, Beyond Organic, Chia Seeds, a Simple Difficult Workout and MORE!

Today got off to a GREAT start when I met some friends at The Jungle MMA and Fitness here in Orlando.   Seth Petruzelli, the gym owner and a pro MMA fighter and his friend, local top personal trainer JT agreed to try out the FMS (Functional Movement Screen) after I sent them a few articles about how the screen is being used by NFL teams, and pro athletes of all varieties.   The super cool thing about the FMS is that really anyone can benefit from finding imbalances or shortcomings in their movement patterns.

MMA Inspired Kettlebell Workout - FURIOUS Friday!

After talking with several MMA fighters and especially with RKC Team Leader Tommy Blom recently, I was inspired to make a workout following the timing of an MMA fight.  Especially since several of my Winter Park small group members are fans of the sport.  MMA fights are 3 rounds at 5 minutes per round - and well - as in video editing or public speaking we all know... 5 minutes can be a VERY long time.


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