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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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My Not-So-Secret Secret Workout Protocol...

Not always a big fan of crowds, so when my neighborhood gets overrun with partiers I usually end up hunkering down and getting a lot of work done. The cost of this is at some point I need to really jump around and burn off some extra energy. Since I’ve been developing recipes I wanted to work up a good appetite to try them too.

This past week I had the opportunity to teach a very cool lady (out of town) how to use the DVRT system and Ultimate Sandbags, and of course this got me even more excited about them in the process. I could tell she would have REALLY liked to have bought one or both of them from me that day, but NOPE MINE MINE MINE!!! Besides, they’re both set up for “learning” right now, being not-so-sloshily filled with (glorious smelling) Thai jasmine rice (it was on sale in 50lb bags…). Readers of this blog probably already figured out I don’t eat much (if any) grain, but I will admit to the occasional sushi rice and if it’s been a particularly crazy day (or a workshop) I will eat at least half of whatever Thai jasmine rice is brave enough to sit on a plate with meat and veggies. It’s mainly the smell though.


 

Ask GiryaGirl: YOUR Questions About Push Ups, Flags, Neuro-Grips, Hip Hinges, Youngevity?

Been meaning to compile some of these for a while.  A number of regular readers of this site send really good questions via email and they are usually things that others will want to know too.   This is just barely scratching the surface, but here we go!

Q: Is it better to do push ups from kettlebell handles or should I just do regular ones?

The Great Outdoors... A Stacking Workout Circuit

Should issue a warning to my friends/workout partners and small group whenever I start reading about things like SEALFIT or am in the early chapters of Lone Survivor and learning all about what those guys go through in Indoc and BUD/S etc.   It warps my own sensibility in terms of "difficulty" when I push myself through a challenge.  Now, there's this terrible little voice in the back of my head saying stuff like "Tired? Seriously? You're not getting sprayed with water or covered in sand!  This is NOTHING!"  While it's definitely not NOTHING, and our intermediate/advanced circuits are nothing to sneeze at, it's a good reality check too.  A recalibration of self-awareness, some serious inspiration, and hopefully a little bit of leveling up.   Similarly it's fun to look back both as an enthusiast and as an instructor to think about how much more I can do and teach now as opposed to just a few years ago.

Another GREAT PCC Workshop, Dragon Flags, Kettlebell Swings and the Hip Hinge, and a NEW Podcast Episode

This past weekend, we wrapped up another fantastic PCC Workshop.   And yet again, we had an incredibly accomplished group in attendence... it's funny how the bodyweight crowd is just a little different, but incredibly atheltic too.  I helped to test candidates with the infamous Century Test alongside Al and Danny Kavadlo--a task I take VERY seriously.   When you pass the test in my line, you can have the knowledge that I am proud for you to represent not only the PCC program, but in some small way, also my own standards...

A Profound Story of Transformation with Kettlebells

Susan Sloan 100lb Weight Loss with Kettlebell Success StoryRecently I had the honor of interviewing fellow Floridian, Susan Sloan.  She's now celebrating her 1 year anniversary as an RKC instructor, and considering the journey she's had to get there, this is even more significant an accomplishment than usual (it's not something just anyone can do, and the odds she has overcome make it even more impressive.)   I'll save the details for you because I'll be posting the link to the interview below, but I first met Susan in 2010 at the RKC which was held here in Orlando.  I didn't know her story at the time, only that she was working with someone who was soon to become a close friend (and one of the few other RKC-IIs here in Florida, RKC Team Leader Laurel Blackburn).    After seeing a feature on Laurel's boot camp in Tallahassee, Susan decided that it looked like something she wanted to try, and after the usual struggles and annoyances with typical gyms, Laurel's facility fit the bill. 

Through proper kettlebell training, nutritional guidance, effective goal setting and sheer determination, Susan has lost 100lbs and kept it off.  AND she's been able to help others as an RKC certified kettlebell instructor.  One of the things I really like about Susan's interview is how she shares the exact strategies she used to get through the tough times when others would have just given up.   I feel like this interview is especially important not just for people who are looking to make big changes and finally commit to a big lifestyle (and body) transformation, but it's also helpful for instructors and trainers who may be helping someone on such a big transformation.   I can't understate how important it is for instructors and trainers to really listen, empathise and UNDERSTAND what's going on with a given client.  Susan provides her perspective and how she got through it, I sincerely hope this interview helps and inspires others to lead longer and healthier lives through a smart transition to activity and improved food choices.  

It's also so important for people to address what's going on mentally with these kind of transformations, and there's nothing wrong with finding a good counselor too!   I am super proud of Susan's transformation and just thrilled she was willing to share her story.

Read Susan's complete interview here.

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