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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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A Benchmark Workout for Kettlebell, Ultimate Sandbag, and Track

For whatever reason--even though much like RKC Team leader Paul Britt, I do not like running at all--I am sometimes compelled to work a lap around the track into the occasional workout.  It's a funny thing, for all of my not liking to run and for a perceived "weak point" in terms of certain types of endurance, I've been told that I'm fairly fast for surprising distances.  Personal theory: the faster I go for longer the sooner the running part is over.

For fun last week I headed out to a local track with a 14kg kettlebell and the smaller of the two Ultimate Sandbags that I have (Power and Strength).  Yes, the Power Ultimate Sandbag I have is pink, and yes that is kind of hilarious (it was a gracious gift and amusingly I've found it has some surprising benefits).  One of the funny, unexpected things about it is that it seems to kind of draw people to it, I'm not sure if it's the color, or the shininess of the bag, or the combination of those two things... the other thing is, even though the shiny surface does seem to like to "grab" black bits off of a kettlebell (you might see that in the video a little) it has been very easy to clean.  After giving it a wipe with a gentle soap/water rag, and not seeing the bits disappear, I took a TINY amount of Goo Gone on a soft sponge and it came right off.  I rinsed that off too, just in case.  Despite it's not-so-tough looking color, this bag is extremely tough and built for the job.  The Power size bag is really good for learning moves before adding additional load/instability and/or when doing a more enduro-madness workout like this one.   I really am enjoying rotational lunges, they're a coordination challenge and add a different dimension to this combination.  

The Golden Hour, a Kettlebell Workout, and What I Ate Yesterday...

As some of you already know, I'm not a huge fan of the sun, but I do love the time near sunset that photographers refer to as the "golden hour". It is great for photos and videos for sure, but I also like the feel of that time of day, and the lack of burning feeling on my face. In fact, I'm considering a whole series of sunset-related videos for both of these reasons.  To see what originally inspired that idea, check out this fun skimboarding video I shot a few weeks ago:

Stress Destroyer Workout for Kettlebell and Pull Up Bar

It'd been a "Monday" for sure, and a friend of mine was definitely up for a challenge so we headed out to the park a good bit later than originally intended, but that's ok.  I'm not opposed to occasionally (or somewhat often) working out somewhat late at night.  Hince the silly owl graphic there on the left. 

This workout was heavily influenced and inspired by Zach Even-Esh's Encyclopedia of Underground Strength and Conditioning... there was a fair amount of modifcation, but I've found that the structure of his workouts and what I'm aiming for are often very wonderfully aligned.  Besides, if you're in a situation where you don't want to (or can't) purchase much or any fitness equipment, then Zach's book is for you.  There's a whole chapter on training with ROCKS for goodness sake (I love training with weird stuff like that... and rock stacking is also fun too... but that's for another blog post). That being said it was the kind of night to go tear it up in the park a little bit, and I wanted to work on some specific things too... which will be pretty obvious below:

Kettlebell Small Group Workout for Adding in a Fit Beginner

Considering the skill, time, and practice required to really get good (and safe) with kettlebell swings, a challenge that surfaces many times for instructors, trainers, and coaches is in the form of someone I call a "fit beginner".  In other words, this person may come into your gym with a high degree of athleticism, already in shape, and with great strength and endurance.  But they are coming to you because they want to learn the skills necessary to take their training to the next level - or because of their gym experience they know they need your help as an RKC or HKC instructor to learn about kettlebells the right way first.   YES, the Fit Beginner does exist, I've trained several of them (and they're awesome!).

Another Delivery From Space Girl Organics, What is a Kiwi Berry, and a Simple Intense Workout

MMMMMMMM Wednesdays are delicious! Thanks to Space Girl Organics! Here's what arrived today and if you are curious as to what a "kiwi berry" is, that is explained in detail (with two of them cut in half as well)

What do I plan to do with all these vegetables? I tell you exactly what in the video above!  The recipes mentioned are listed below -- along with a fun little workout too...

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