Suddenly having access to a great outdoor training area has inspired me to step up my daily training and general activity level. Thankfully, by this age I've figured out that I can't go "all in" all the time. Recently, there's been a great series of articles by Dan John on DragonDoor.com and the first one (go read all five though) addresses the idea of consistency and continuity in training---and that most of our workouts should be on the medium-low level. This makes a lot of sense to me, especially now as I'm looking to add two days a week (hopefully schedule permits) of an 1.5 hour Systema class. When I took the trial class months ago (when I was considering moving to this area) I was impressed with the wonderful and mobility warm-up, and the fact that the training did get significantly strenuous (I judged this by my extreme need for dinner afterwards). Given that class is tonight, I didn't want to show up recovering from a crazy all out bashfest and not be able to keep up with my cool new friends.
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Andrea's Blog Post is So Awesome I had to Blog about it and Record a Podcast Too... Kettlebell "Origin Story" and MORE!
Master RKC Andrea Du Cane shared an incredible blog post this past week... its one of those that if I had a time machine, I'd send it right back to 2009! It's a complete plan for prep and it's not just focused on the dreaded Test!
WHEW! Finally! Though admittedly I have not been especially aggressive about growing the youtube channel... (and that may change) I am SUPER proud of the 500+ youtube subscribers I have earned so far... and what a great excuse to try out this awesome simple but no joke workout from Master The Whys and Hows of the One Kettlebell Workout for more variations, ideas and things to keep in mind with your training and overall long-term programming.! Check out his recent article on DragonDoor.com here:
"There's a pattern to it of course, " I said when talking about what we would be doing. Last week I realized that I've somehow reverted to childhood activities with a few of my own workouts with friends. While most of my motivation is internally generated, lately I've been having a whole lot of fun inviting fit friends to "come over and play". Sometimes I'm testing out workouts or approaches, and sometimes its just for fun that happens to also be a fairly serious workout. How does this relate to childhood? Well, basically being outside, climbing on stuff, and making up "games"--in this case the "games" tend to be challenging but scaleable strength/power circuits.
Those who train with me know how much I love finding a new "fit trail"! Imagine the delight in finding a fit trail AND a large open field full of mostly soft grass, but not chemically treated to the point of the local soccer fields (those make me itch and that's freaky... and scary because... chemicals!). While this requires a little "scouting" to make sure no hands end up in ant hills, I always scout out the ground where I will be flinging myself around anyway. No nasty surprises, please...
Anyway, in honor of "Monkey Bar Monday" below is a workout video that I finally got around to editing for you! The circuit includes pullups,, cartwheels, and of course the monkey bars!
It takes courage to do cartwheels as an adult... watch how bad they are on my non-dominant side! HAHAHAH!!!
There's 3 rounds of this in the video! :) Hope you enjoy!