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The 2014 Send Off New Year's Eve Workout...

20kg and 14kg kettlebells for New Year's Eve 2014 Send-off workout

This was a ton of fun, and plenty challenging.  I designed this for one of my workout partners and I, she's recently discovered that she can press the 14kg kettlebell, so here's what we did.  Taking only a single 14kg and 20kg kettlebell out to the park with the promise to "share" made things interesting (especially for me, since I ended up with the 20kg fairly often).  For the first two items of the circuit below, we just changed the order - one person was doing swings with the 20kg while the other was doing snatches (or one arm swings) with the 14kg kettlebell.   If it's just one person, obviously you won't need to do that.  The "2014" kettlebell sizes are perfect for intermediate/advanced women (the 14kg kettlebell is what I would use in an RKC test for example) with a strength emphasis - though they may be appropriate for many men as well - rest when needed... we staggered around a little while inventing new words a few times...

A Workout for Leftover Energy...

Hurrah for the great weather this past weekend!  Even though I got a lot of work done, I wanted to be sure to enjoy the outdoors a bit too.  A lot of cooking was done (new simple recipe for you this week) and if you see the recipe I posted over the weekend, you might see where some of the extra energy came from.

Having recently purchased my friend's unlocked iPhone5s, it was time to **FINALLY** do the Under Armour Armour39 assessment (because I wasn't about to run around a track during the "all out" portion while carrying an iPad). (Want to just skip to the workout? Click here instead.) I'd long sense questioned the validity of that old "220 minus age" = estimated HR max, even before the more recent info about the not-so-good science it was based on came out.  Apparently according to some scientists, HRmax can be highly individual and even among elite athletes somewhat wide ranging. 

This Workout REALLY Made Us Eat a BIG Dinner...

It was really "one of those weeks" last week and I used that as an excuse to justify shoving a sled around for what happened to be 3 days in a row (I didn't realize it until now...).  Needless to say I was feeling very good in some respects for doing that, and was as always taking dinner very seriously. One of my advanced small group members was up for an extra "partner challenge" so we did this VERY MUCH inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning circuit workout together.  It's reasonably scaleable (let me know if you'd like more specifics on that in the comment section below). 

A Workout Heavily Inspired by Zach Even-Esh's The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning

The Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and ConditioningAt the last minute, I ended up having a coffee break with a friend today and toted along Zach Even-Esh's brand new Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning.  She's also an aficionado of incredibly challenging workouts and in addition to being a member of our kettlebell small group, is almost always up for a "Hey, I have this crazy workout to test, want to try it?" situation.  Like the time this past Memorial Day when we did a version of the Murph Hero WOD for fun in the park.

Getting a review copy of the book was a real treat as Zach not only shares tons of cool exercises, approaches to programming, and example workouts, he also shares his own personal story.  This is absolutely fascinating stuff, and in some weird way, makes understanding his "no rules" "underground" approach that much easier.

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I'm a big fan of questioning the mainstream (a glance at the music I've collected for the past 25+ years will also attest to that). Also, many times I've been let down by "what you're supposed to do" in terms of "women's fitness".

The Scorcher: a Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

For whatever reason it seemed like we all had a bit of extra energy to burn off this week, so I planned a real fun one.  Part challenge, part skills, part mobility, with a little extra dose of extreme cardio (it is if the kettlebell swings are heavy enough).  I am super proud to report that my little band of kettlebell buddies are so advanced at this point that everyone who showed up on Tuesday did their heavy swings with the 32kg. And we ONLY do legit swings on my watch, so the amount of sheer power generated by this small training group is very off the charts.

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