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The "Garage Band" Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

Long ago, when I was a teenager, kids would get together with various musical instruments, take over the family garage or basement and (usually) make a terrible racket. Sometimes decent bands would form this way, or decent enough bands.  Though much like the style of exercise many of us do, the value was in the practice, and there might ultimately be no great competition or "performance" at the end of it all. Sure, you might open for some college kids' band, or maybe get to play out at a dive bar, but the real "gains" and experiences seem to happen right there in the garage.
 

Garage Band Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workout

Note that in this case "garage band" is to be taken literally and not meant to reference the Apple program. Not that there's anything wrong with Garage Band, it just doesn't suit this metaphor.  Any other Gen-Xers out there who had a musical project (terrible or otherwise)? Tell us about it or link to it in the comments if you dare! :) 

Anyway, I'd had quite enough of of computer related work yesterday and had a little bit of time. I chose 4 kettlebells (drums, bass, guitar, keys? HAHA) and decided to throw down a little in the car port.

Another EMOM Challenge AKA Oops I Did 200 Kettlebell Swings and 40 Pull Ups at 10PM

kettlebell and AdrienneThe subject of EMOM workouts came up on the Dragon Door forums recently and of course that made me immediately want to do one! It was late at night but I figured I had 20 minutes to spend wisely. After a short joint mobility warm up (feel free to throw in some light weight or no weight get-ups) I set up the interval timer app (I use Interval Timer Pro from Deltaworks) on my iPhone to chime on the minute every minute for 20 minutes. I had a 22kg kettlebell handy and decided to use it because 1. I really like the finish on that one, it's kind of slightly grippy and dry 2. Wanted to use something reasonably heavy for these short sets of swings--but wasn't feeling the need to set any world records. I was doing this at 10PM after all.

OK! Here's what I did - it's simple, but it added up! I paused the timer in the middle for a water break but other than that, this is a great challenge to do all the way through. It's also easy to scale things on this model.  You can always use another pulling movement instead of the strict pull-ups (example: Aussie pull-ups aka bodyweight rows).

Quick Workout for Hectic Times, Kettlebells, and Battling Rope!

I'm still working on editing a fun video for you with an especially interesting circuit (there's some highly functional but silly looking parts to it, thanks to my general appearance, some kids at the park gawked at what I was doing, but were unsure if it was "safe" to openly mock me.  Thanks, hairdo!)  Anyway that is still in the works. Look for it this weekend, so you can try it and hopefully not get laughed at by kids at the park as you work though this unusual combo! 

It's been a fairly crazy week... (click here to skip the yabbering and get to the workout) Here's some sampling of the odds and ends of the past several days... fist-bumping my now-vintage studio monitors that I absolutely swear by, sweet potato muffins I made while waiting for a video to compile, landing a tiny nanodrone on a yoga brick, resistant starch cold lentils, reading from and writing stuff in the gray workout Moleskine of doom for myself and small group, buying your Granny's unwanted Limoges, 3d printing, and Counter Culture coffee.  And that's just the stuff  can show you, it's not the writing, editing, calls, interim sysadmin responsibilities, and scores of other tasks.

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In order to "earn" the 5 visit package of cryosauna treatments I paid for earlier this week, it's been a fairly hefty workout time as well. I owe you a detailed review of Keith Weber's stellar Extreme Kettlebell Cardio Workout DVD Vol. 3 which is especially awesome, instructors will want to both do the workouts and then use pieces of the workouts for their classes. The review will include some examples of how to do this, and how to step some of the things down a notch when necessary.

Makerspace Coworking, Office Snacks, Offsetting Sedentary Work, Exercise Snacks, and a Vlog!

Parking Lot Kettlebell Workout

As many of you may have already gathered, even though I do train individual clients, help prospective RKCs, RKC-IIs, PCCs to prepare for workshops, lead a kettlebell and bodyweight focused small group class, teach occasional out of town classes/workshops, and when asked ALWAYS am happy to help teach a PCC workshop, training others is not the main thing I do "as a job". I kinda don't even like the word "job" as it implies a lot of negative things for people.  People think I work all the time, and well if I thought of what I do as "work" then they might be right. When I think about "work-life balance" it gets confusing, having been a small business owner since 1999 and choosing things which are more enjoyable and learning-based than drudgery.  Don't get me wrong there's been plenty of drudgery, it's not all ice cream and unicorns over here.  It's definitely not ice cream as I don't digest that stuff too well. 

But ANYWAY...

A Video for the "Short Stack" Kettlebell Workout...

A few weeks ago I shared the little pancake image at the end of this post and a brief explanation on this blog post: The "Short Stack" kettlebell workout.  But then realized that some folks might like to see what it looks like all put together.  It always makes sense on paper, then of course translating it to real life can be a different manner entirely.  Here's a video of exactly how I do it!

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