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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  :)


It's Not Too Late to Have a Healthy Weekend!

Have a Healthy Weekend!

Judging from the sheer volume of used espresso grounds, eggshells and empty San Pellegrino bottles over here, it's easy to see that it's been a productive weekend. (Taking the trash and the recycling out right after I post this...)  But before I hop back into the fray, I wanted to share a couple things with you!  As a general "heads up" (cliche I know I'm sorry) I wanted to also ask you guys what you think about the little banner graphic headings I've been adding to the posts here recently, please let me know if you like them or not in the comments below this post.  I'll keep doing them if you like them, but if they're just getting in the way of your enjoyment, I need to know that too!

First of all, here's a kale recipe which also includes a funny video (and which will include even more photos as I make the prepared-ahead version again today).  Hmm I need to make sure I send the kale recipe to my folks. Dad has been crazy about kale since WAYYYY before it was ever "cool".  I can remember seeing him hover around a pot of boiling greens at my Great Grandmother's house as a thick chunk of salt pork bobbed in there among the long since bright green greens.  Fun fact - those were great greens too, but these days I tend towards less cooked and sometimes even raw (kale slaw variations are a real favorite) preparations.  This particular recipe also includes a new tips section for smaller households (new census data seems to suggest that many of us are living in ones, twos or threes) and convenience. (These tips are also useful if you're that ONE person in your household who has made the commitment to eating healthier... while everyone else refuses to change.)

Interview Focus!

Very excited to share this much-anticipated interview that went up on yesterday.  I'd actually started working on Dr. Steven Horwitz's interview some time ago, but found that the audio of our telephone interview was so dense with info that I would need extra time to best present it, organize it (I ask questions outside of a logical order sometimes, and these have to be swapped around so that the reader doesn't want to jump through the computer and hit me in the face), and then distill it down to the most critical elements. 

Some Real Health and Fitness Game Changers From Recent Interviews and More of My Backstory

I recently interviewed Errick McAdams for - working on these interviews is one of my absolute favorite "tasks".  Getting to know and share these success stories is incredibly rewarding, and I always look forward to learning more about other people drawn to the HKC, RKC and PCC.  The stories are varied as everyone starts from a different point -- some have always been athletic and played team sports in high school and/or college, others like Maggie Fazeli Fard, the Senior Fitness Editor of Experience Life Magazine discovered their athleticism as an adult.

Not many of you know this, but I really began fitness in earnest at about age 30.  While I'd been very aware of gyms, and had lifted weights (freeweights and machines) at Gold's all summer every summer home from college starting in 1996, before trying all manner of "womens workouts" most of which were based on the bodybuilding model we had back then. They worked to a point... and I probably didn't know what I was doing much either... But I wasn't getting the "shape I wanted" at the time.  And well, unless it was summer and too hot to be outside, I must admit I was bored.  So, I tried other things for several years with limited success. (Some of which--bellydancing--would make for some amusing "throwback Thursday" material for sure.) 

Some Very Inspirational Reading, and Do You Want a Podcast?

It's no secret that the Sweden PCC this past year was a wonderful success.  One of the very big reasons that was the case was the fantastic participants.   Malin Kirjonen was definitely a standout and she was a total blast to talk to.  I think she was born having adventures and travelling around the world.   At a young age she started her career as a trainer by leading a fitness boxing class at just age 16!   THEN you'll have to read the rest of the interview to hear how she fought her way to a national boxing title in Australia while she was there learning more about health and fitness.   Malin is one of those amazing go-getter women who really go after their dreams, and her story is far from over.  So it's a very good idea to get caught up on what's already happened!

Controversial but undeniably relevant, Marty Gallagher has been stirring up debate (and emotions) with his Iron Bible Blog.  Warning, occasionally the language gets PG-13 in places.  However his most recent post is absolutely one of my all time favorites.  If you're looking for a serious reality check and how to work past some workout (or life) hangups... then absolutely read his most recent post, How to Dissolve the "Little Man Inside Your Head"  Don't be scared off by the title, this gets very interesting. 

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

Catching Up With Angelo Gala, and gearing up for the 2nd ever PCC Workshop

First of all, I wanted to make sure you had the link for RKC and PCC Team Leader, Angelo Gala's interview that went live today on Dragon Door.  Angelo is a super neat dude.   I first met him a few years ago when he was an assistant on my team as I was attending my first RKC-II Workshop.   Angelo ended up helping me a whole lot, and I was super inspired by his athleticism and balanced abilities.  Plus it seemed like he could nearly tie himself into knots with a balance of extreme strength and flexibility you just don't usually see with men outside the Cirque Du Soleil.  So it was no surprise years later to see Angelo really doing well at the first ever PCC workshop, and soon becoming a Team Leader.  

Recently while I was in Boston visiting friends at GiryaScope, and leading a small Intro to Primal Move Workshop, Angelo agreed to meet up.   Amber Lee graciously took some pictures of this first ever "PCC Team Leader meet up" in the park:


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