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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  :)


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

Kettlebell and Bodyweight Circuit Workout - Descent into Madness (Descending Ladder)

Here's a fun one from the kettlebell small group yesterday.   We reinforced the "kettlebell wagon" to make it more heavy duty - while it's rated for 700lbs, the manufacturers seem to have thought we'd only use it for bags of mulch, not heavy iron kettlebells... a precision cut piece of plywood did the trick, so look for more heavy Swing/deadlift workouts in the near future.

We started with a Primal Move warmup then everyone chose 2 kettlebells - 1 moderate or moderate to heavy, and a kettlebell which could be pressed at least 6-8 times well (we wouldn't be going that high with the reps, but are using that number as a reference.. right now I'm pressing the 18kg for 8 reps pretty consistantly, so I'd choose that for my presses, the moderate to heavy for me would be the 24kg or 28kg --- other combos were 16kg press bell and 20kg for moderate to heavy, 12kg press bell, 16kg moderate to heavy, etc.   The focus here of course is on form and quality, so don't go heavier in the attempt to "prove" something.  That never ends up well.)

Tough Love for the Kettlebell Clean Part TWO - a Practice Workout

Having just returned from the San Diego RKC, I had plenty of scribbled notes, new cues, and fun combos for my kettlebell small group class... and don't worry, Wednesday people, your time is coming! :)

One of the TOUGHEST kettlebell exercises to learn and to teach can be the clean.  But, it's incredibly worthwhile to persist with it, even though it can be frustrating.   I like to sandwich it into a workout to make sure the practice stays true without excessive frustration.

We started today's workout with a Primal Move inspired warm up,a few deadlifts and swings.  Moderate to light kettlebells were chosen so we could focus on our form.  

The Powerful Training Tool You May Already HAVE!

Did you know that besides kettlebells, a pull up bar, the occasional "evil wheel", battling ropes, and some fun things from my friends at, my training arsenal also includes something surprising—a video camera.

This is a tip I picked up on waaay back in the days of VHS and Hi-8. Videotape yourself performing whatever movement or exercise you're trying to troubleshoot. This is especially useful for people training remotely or independently.  If something just doesn't "feel right" I

Orlando HKC Experience - Helping Out, Testing, and More! (Part 2)

We came back from lunch and promptly started back in on the Get Up.   I really love the get up - at first, waaaay back when (a couple years ago or more) I was first learning it, I thought it was actually very overwhelming.  It seemed awkward and unnecessarily confusing, and somehow (now I have no idea how I was doing this) I'd always end up facing the opposite direction.   Fortunately, with the coaching skills of Tim Shuman, RKCII I was able to quickly get a clue in the get up department.   It's really not something you can teach yourself from videos - videos and DVDs are great when you're just using them to reinforce live coaching, or to build on your skills etc.


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