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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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Bizarre But Useful Kettlebell Workout: The Puppy and the Beast v2.0

Tested this one with an advanced friend... it's actually the 2nd version and I like it the best so far.  We had a couple of odd social type interruptions but overall it went very well (and it got rid of my headache). 

Also, I have now seen in public doing swings with both the smallest kettlebell and the largest kettlebell that Dragon Door makes... hence the name of the workout, as we've nicknamed the 10lb micro-kettlebell the "puppy" since the 48kg, 106lb kettlebell is officially called the Beast.  This workout has a portion that is a really interesting brain-twister where you perform swings with a VERY light kettlebell then a very heavy one... its one of those where you are learning something which is not always easily expressed in words, but that you can feel happen.

DVRT with Josh Henkin, Website Direction, a Little Challenge...

It's been a whirl-wind lately...

After learning more about Josh Henkin's DVRT system and Ultimate Sandbag during a recent photoshoot (Josh's DVRT book will be published by Dragon Door in April) I was intrigued to say the very least.   So this past weekend I braved the cold of NYC to attend the DVRT level 1 and 2 workshops right in the heart of Manhattan.  What a great trip!   I'll be doing a full write up of both days shortly, but wanted to let you know what's on the way.  

A Great Excuse to Drag a Bunch of Things Out to the Park - Workout and Skill Practice

On somewhat of a lark it seemed like a fun idea to drag a variety of favorite "toys" out to the park today.  A friend met me for this challenge and I also wanted to borrow her slackline.  Because mine is SO stretchy I'd been having to hang it so high between trees that when I was jumping or falling off of it with the usual frequency it was starting to stress out my achilles tendon in that "this is why we STEP DOWN from high box jumps" way.  And I'm not about to shred up my achilles tendon when I can just borrow (and my new one is arriving tomorrow) one that we can hang lower and avoid the repetitive potentially damaging landings.  Also, over the past few months it's been a lot of fun to experiment with adding slackline into a workout given its VERY mental and neurologically challenging.  In leu of a slackline, and/or if you're not yet at the point where you can walk the full length of one without an issue (normally) then it might be a good idea to choose something like a balance beam, or other safe/gentle balance challenge.  If anything it's best to err on the side of "too easy" as this sort of thing can get surprisingly challenging depending on the rest of your circuit.

After unloading the car and making a corner of the park look like it was the domain of  very strong, very spoiled child, we began this version of our slackline workout experiment

Ask GiryaGirl: To Chalk or Not to Chalk When Swinging or Snatching Kettlebells?

A lively discussion erupted online the other day surrounding the use of chalk with kettlebells.   This is another one of those interesting situations where there's no one right answer, there's the right answer for you--which also may or may not be situation dependent!  So in an effort to hopefully help you or your clients, here's some of my personal observations which may or may not help you.   Please also realize that most of my personal workouts take place in ever-so-humid Florida.  And for whatever reason I get moist hands pretty easily (to the point at which I could WATCH it materialize on my fingertips the other day when I was practicing some of

Inspiring Articles and Interviews, and an Easy Salad Idea

First off, if you haven't already read this really great experience article about kettlebells and tai chi, please do!   And while you might think the info doesn't apply to you, think again.   Allison's experience is by no means isolated.  As someone 50+, she was able to regain a lot of health and vitality from her kettlebell practice and enjoy her passion for taiji all the more.   Check out Allison's article on Dragon Door by clicking here.  Regardless what you're into, you want to be able to enjoy it for your whole life -- if that's a sport, hobby, etc.  Smart training with kettlebells can make that happen.

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