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Kettlebell Strength and Mobility Workout with a Pump Stretch Prying Cobra Demo Video!

Once again I'm working with a fairly tight schedule with hard deadlines, self-imposed deadlines, productivity goals, catching up from the move (seriously the glass doors on the cabinets need to go up TONIGHT aggh!), and I'm now taking a 1.5hr Systema class twice a week.  Needless to say I am working on reconfiguring my training.  On the plus side (BIG plus) not sharing a floor with someone's ceiling means training inside at home is now "guilt free".  Woohoo!

Pump stretch - mobility and kettlebells workout

It was Monday night and after taking Sunday off from training (other than some slacklining) I really felt the need to do SOMETHING. This is kind of a bare minimum kettlebell workout, and if you have the time and/or inclination you could absolutely run through it more than once, adding a different mobility exercise between the sets of swings. Note that I punctuated the sets of kettlebell swings with a long time favorite mobility move the "pump stretch" so popular with RKCs - its similar to an up-dog, down-dog, and I also like the "prying cobra" variation especially if it's been a day at the desk. Scroll down a little, I made a video for you too :)

So here's what I did:

Bizarre But Useful Kettlebell Workout: The Puppy and the Beast v2.0

Tested this one with an advanced friend... it's actually the 2nd version and I like it the best so far.  We had a couple of odd social type interruptions but overall it went very well (and it got rid of my headache). 

Also, I have now seen in public doing swings with both the smallest kettlebell and the largest kettlebell that Dragon Door makes... hence the name of the workout, as we've nicknamed the 10lb micro-kettlebell the "puppy" since the 48kg, 106lb kettlebell is officially called the Beast.  This workout has a portion that is a really interesting brain-twister where you perform swings with a VERY light kettlebell then a very heavy one... its one of those where you are learning something which is not always easily expressed in words, but that you can feel happen.

Down by Twos... a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

This is another fun "benchmark" workout that definitely let us all know where we are with our conditioning.   Amusingly, the Primal Move warm up, Convict Conditioning Trifecta, the sequence and then the Primal Move cool down took about 40 minutes.  According to my Armour39, during that 40 minutes, 409 calories were destroyed.  That wasn't the goal, but it does explain why I eat so much sometimes.  Anyhow, here's what happened:

Using Google Maps, I measured out a 30 yard straight run in our park, then grabbed a selection of kettlebells, so there'd be choices!

Something Simple, Something Brutal - a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

Really interesting day - mostly fun even - one of the highlights before class was visiting the really cool no-nonesense studio Leanne Ellington has in Maitland - I may have gotten her hooked on the RKC/HKC style kettlebell swing - we had a blast discussing Primal Move, FMS, and quite honestly geeked out just a heck of a whole lot.

I felt like having a simple class (even though T/Th is usually "advanced") after all the talk of the power of just good old fashioned kettlebell swings and get ups.

Sunday Night Practice Variation on Program Minimum Plus

It's Sunday night and I have spent a good part of this weekend doing (other people's) website work, reading, fielding an unbelievable number of text messages on a variety of subjects, chasing down FedEx, and honestly reviewing a WHOLE LOT of Beyond Organic goodies.   Add to that feeling insanely jealous of my friends attending the Marketing Mastermind Intensive out in San Diego... so feeling a bit restless... plus having a bit of a stiff neck from sleeping weird on an old pillow... blah blah blah blah.   It was time to do something about all of that.

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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