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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  :)


A quick personal note about why kettlebells and body weight training work so well for me....

Some days are crazier than others, some are not crazy at all - those are usually the ones I reserve for massive amounts of sleeping.    One of the great things about kettlebell and bodyweight training that has been SO crucial for me is the efficiency of the training sessions themselves.   No more boring hours and hours at the gym, not to mention travel time to and from - which if you're in a heavily populated city can be a real issue.   So many people use "I don't have time!" as an excuse to neglect the NECESSITY of regular exercise, and frankly, kettlebells just blast right through that excuse.   Right along with "but I don't have room for exercise equipment...".   Anyway enough ranting.

Franz Snideman, Senior RKC, Interview - kettlebells, leadership, motivation and more


I am here today with Franz Snideman, Senior RKC, who was kind enough to take the time to answer a few questions.  Franz, how did you first discover kettlebells?


I first discovered kettlebells through my identical twin brother, named Keats Snideman.  He’s an RKC from Arizona.  I have always been into progressive new stuff in fitness, and in 2002, my brother said, “You’ve got to try these things called kettlebells.  They’re amazing.”  I bought a couple.  I was horrible at them.  I had no idea how to use them, and then in the fall of 2002, my clients and I found Pavel and we said, “This is the guy that we need to go learn from,” so we hired him.  We drove up to Santa Monica for a two hour private session with him at the Santa Monica beach.  It  literally changed the entire course of my career.  Pavel told me about his RKC certification, which was then probably only in its second year.  I think it started in ’01, maybe the end of 2000, so it was fairly new.  I took it in April of ’03 and the rest is history. 

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Visiting Fitcamp - a Workout for Cold (Florida) weather!

Much fun was had last night at Tim Shuman, RKCII's 6pm kettlebell Fitcamp...  first off, it was cold (which is probably laughable to people up North, but I am personally optimized for extreme heat, if it gets below 60 degrees I need a jacket), which to me is 50 Degrees F or below.   And girl genius here had ran out the door without socks on.  Fortunately I got there early and ran into the tennis pro shop... 


A 300 workout...

After the movie 300 came out there was a lot of buzz in various magazines, blogs etc. about the 300 Workout which the cast of the movie was purported to have used to get in marvelous shape.   Rumors formed, theories abounded blah blah blah.   At the end of it, a lot of people were inspired to make up their own workout of 300 reps... and today I came up with one myself.   Adapted from one I saw online while clicking around... I changed out several of the exercises to make it more kettlebell focused.

Do three rounds as quickly (BUT SAFELY) as possible, resting when needed (keep MOVING during rest-taking... your heart will thank you).


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