Andrea Du Cane's awesome Kettlebell Goddess Workout DVD (run time: 2 hours, 25 minutes)
It was time for a benchmark workout yet again. Small group had been working very hard over the past few weeks. We've been working out indoors in airconditioned comfort these days and the concern was raised that maybe we were losing our edge. I am proud to say that we most certainly aren't. But now we know that the extreme sweat earned is actually earned...
It's been a crazy few weeks... full tilt. If you noticed for a while there I was kind of collecting selfies with people you may know from the underground strength and conditioning world... then I came back home and hit the writing-ground-running so hard that one of my neighbors actually said, "Oh you're still here!? Good!! I thought you moved away!" Oops. In reality, I had changed up the schedule a little bit and hadn't seen her and her dog as much because of it, but still yes. VERY full tilt over here, and soon there will be a whole lot to show for it.
In the mean time, even though I'd been exercise snacking with some skill work, a near-max of 12 dead hang, no thumbs pull-up reps (staying on the bar the whole time... shouldn't have to specify that, but in this internet age you know how that goes. For reference my all time PR for that is 13-14 reps and I plan to exceed that shortly), and various other fun things (playing with thein an attempt to nail down an L-sit with them). BUT... given a brain-heavy week and a new battery in my Under Armour Armour39 HRM, it was time to burn off some cobwebs and tear it up a bit.
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.
Last night I shared the amusing Armour39 results from the circuit described below. Once again, we invaded the field with the very soft grass, which was suprisingly resilient considering all the traffic it received from the art show last weekend. Should have taken a picture, but after unloading the following it looked like we were going to have some kind of homegrown version of the Highland Games out there. In other words, it was looking pretty mighty and I am proud to both own and use this stuff (the list is excessive, the workout can be done with much less, this was a "just because I can" and "let's bring out all the toys!" type of thing)
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 smallestand the largest that makes... hence the name of the workout, as we've nicknamed the micro- the "puppy" since the , 106lb is officially called the . This workout has a portion that is a really interesting brain-twister where you perform swings with a VERY light 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.