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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  :)

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Travel Log and Workout:Visit to NYC Part 1 - Traveling Rings--with Video, Kettlebell & Sandbag, and MORE!

It was time to get out of town... if I have to spend too much time in Florida, I get antsy and the humidity and lack of any real relief from the heat was beginning to really wear on me.  So after some clicking around and a few emails I managed to put together a little trip that would allow me to keep working some on writing and my usual business client responsibilities as well as training small groups and individuals. There's still time to register for (bodyweight, kettlebell, metcon, kettlebell and sandbag) classes if you are in the area: Momentum Fitness NYC.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Rings
Sisterhood of the Traveling Rings... please note that the impressive young gymnast on the small rings is only on the small rings because I was using the large rings... pretty amazing!

Bonus Podcast! 2016 Kickoff Experiement - "Questions From Google" Kettlebells, Bodies, Bums, and Challenges

Bonus Podcast!!!!! Kicking off 2016 with a little retrospective of questions, phrases, and search strings that people have typed into Google... and then ended up on my site.  Some are super important, some are silly (and yet still important at the same time).  I had fun with this one.

Going to be hitting the road again very soon, and decided that it was as good of an excuse as any to test out the secondary audio recorder I have... it's small and very roadworthy, but I was concerned about sound quality.  To my great and happy surprise, it recorded this podcast with ease, low noise and at a very nice quality.  It's earned a place in my bag for this trip, which is a great relief because the other recorder (which is great for pro audio and has XLR inputs and phantom power) is a bit clunky and conspicuous. 

I'll be guest teaching at Momentum Fitness in NYC, and two classes are already waiting list only, so get over there and sign up now while you still can! People don't usually register this far in advance apparently so... click here to sign up for a selection of bodyweight, kettlebell, sandbag and metcon classes taught by yours truly at Momentum Fitness in the Upper West Side. I'm really looking forward to this... at the same time I'll also be talking to some industry icons, friends, gym owners, authors, and thinkers... brace yourself for the onslaught of awesome content soon!!!


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New kettlebells on the way, the last few hours of a mega-sale, and a simple workout idea

I'm always scouting around for cool locations for videos etc. to keep things interesting. This past weekend I hit a small jackpot! I found a new extremely bright mural near what used to be Forbidden City (and according to someone working on the property, it's soon to be another location of the beloved local fusion restaurant, Tako Cheena.  So, pretty much good news for everyone. Mills50 is becoming even more of a great food destination.

Pistol on a Mural on Mills Ave

During Dragon Door's Black Friday Sale I bought two oddly sized kettlebells, a 26kg for me (I am once again working towards the Iron Maiden Challenge... which requires a pull-up, pistol, and press with a 24kg kettlebell...so you see what I'm doing there) and a 10kg kettlebell for bottom-up presses, etc. and to challenge a specific client with it... 10kg is also just a great interim size for various mobility drills as well.  But more on that later.

Kettlebell Workout: The Short Stack, and a New Book From Danny Kavadlo

So... I hate to admit this, but back in the day (mid-late 90s) many of us would enjoy a post-club trip to the ol' IHOP.  My standard food order was the "Short Stack" which wasn't a completely obscene number of pancakes.  They'd still sit like rocks, but it was a good time with friends that mattered most at that time.  You may be amused to find out that I was never too keen on sweets and would usually just add butter and no syrup to my pancakes, a habit that persisted for several years until I just stopped eating pancakes all together.  I just feel better avoiding those kinds of meals. But anyway.  I wanted you to know the origin of this workout name!  The Short Stack!  The other HUGE (and more important) influence for this sequence was a workout I recently saw from Senior RKC Chris Holder.

Depending on where you are with your fitness level (or stress level that day!) be smart when choosing your kettlebell for this one.  I went with the kettlebell I would use for my weight class for the RKC kettlebell snatch test (14kg), but you may wish to use one above or below your chosen kettlebell.  The next time I do this one, I will be challenging myself with either the 16kg or maybe even the 18kg! WOOHOO!

The Short Stack Kettlebell Workout

It goes without saying that doing a great mobility warm up and cooldown sequence is always a good thing.

Ask GiryaGirl: A Kettlebell Technique Get-Up PET PEEVE and How to Fix It...

How to fix a kettlebell technique problem with the get-up

First of all, before anyone thinks I'm about to get all preachy over here about the get-up, let's get some things straight... many years ago before even training with an RKC instructor (I had a hard time finding one at the time) I tried to teach myself the get-up.  And I really wish that I had video of that to show you, because I would somehow end up facing the opposite direction by the time I got back to the floor!  At the time that's not what I wanted to do, but now I want to figure out a safe/legit way to do that and use it in a kind of flowing kettlebell circuit etc.  I love to put those things together.  The point of that story is, that until I did really begin to seriously train with an instructor (and start to prepare for my first RKC workshop) I DID NOT LIKE the get-up!  It was frustrating, complex, seemingly illogical, gaaahh!  Seven parts?! WHAT?!?!

Fortunately, breaking it down into its component parts solved a lot of problems, and even today I love to use the individual portions of the get-up along with the full get-up in workouts.  Working on those small but powerful chunks one at a time--and their transitions can add a cool variety to your workout as well as strengthen your understanding and enjoyment of the full on regulation get-up. Good times!!!

Q: Should my straight leg pop up/fly up/etc. during the first part of the Turkish get-up?
A: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! And here's a video about why and how to fix it!

Read the RKC Blog post by Master RKC Dan John referenced in the video here.
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