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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  :)


Travel Log and Workout:Visit to NYC Part 1 - Traveling Rings--with Video, Kettlebell & Sandbag, and MORE!

It was time to get out of town... if I have to spend too much time in Florida, I get antsy and the humidity and lack of any real relief from the heat was beginning to really wear on me.  So after some clicking around and a few emails I managed to put together a little trip that would allow me to keep working some on writing and my usual business client responsibilities as well as training small groups and individuals. There's still time to register for (bodyweight, kettlebell, metcon, kettlebell and sandbag) classes if you are in the area: Momentum Fitness NYC.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Rings
Sisterhood of the Traveling Rings... please note that the impressive young gymnast on the small rings is only on the small rings because I was using the large rings... pretty amazing!

Post First Ever UK PCC Report, a Parallel Bars Video, and Some Silly Things Too!

Adrienne does a clutch flag with Al and Danny Kavadlo

Click here to read the PCC blog post that goes with this photo!

Those of you who were following along last Weds/Thursday on Instagram and Youtube know that the journey out to the first ever Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) Workshop in the UK was a little bit.... challenging.   The weather plus "waitng on equipment" had me scrambling to get canceled flights rebooked... then rebooked again in order to make it to Newcastle, England in time to sleep at least a LITTLE before having to help lead the workshop the next day.  Fortunately even after hearing "there's nothing else we can do" several times and jumping up the chain of command food chain, "there's ALWAYS a way" prevailed and I arrived victorious (though 10 hrs behind my original scheduled arrival).   My secret to lack of jetlag: a "life of chaos" (I kinda hate routines and normality in any and every form... that and the occasional exuberant workaholic marathon--of my own freewill), sheer stubbornness, medallion status, and all carry-on luggage.

Hawaii, Motivation, Priorities, American Ninja Warrior... [with videos]

Hawaii Adventure, or how I ended up doing pull ups right next to the Pacific Ocean...

Those of you on Instagram already know some of what's in this post, but I wanted to kind of fill in the details here and there.  In recent years I've gotten into a travel habit, so much so that if I have to stick around in one place too long I get a little annoyed.  Granted the constant need of my neighborhood to use leaf blowers and other noisy lawn equipment EVERY morning as soon as legally possible (7AM by city ordinance, which means they crank up full volume at about 7:01AM... I know because I looked) may contribute to this fact. There are many plus sides to Florida, particularly my specific location, but it also drives me nuts sometimes and I like to get outta here. In fact, I'll pretty much fly out at the drop of a hat. We'll chalk it up to strange (misplaced?) priorities, but I won't pretend to be normal, no one is that easily fooled.

In the usual fashion, everything likes to happen at once, so right after I booked a crazy whirl-wind trip to Hawaii (mostly to retain Delta Medallion status for 2015), I got a message from someone in casting for American Ninja Warrior?!?! I arranged a call with him the night before my flight out (had to get up at 4AM the next day...) to hear the details. It was fun to even think about.  I used to watch the Japanese version of the show on occasion and of course had seen the recent video of Kacy just absolutely obliterating the obstacle course! In fact, it seems that Kacy and her resulting popularity and serious inspiration had encouraged ANW to reach out and encourage more women to audition.

Some Big Lessons From a Smaller Workshop--Hanging with Zach Even Esh in NJ

Decided to get out of town and have some fun, so I very recently (as in this past Saturday) met up with Amber of in Somerville, MA (Boston area) and trekked down to New Jersey to help her photograph/video one of Zach's 4 hour workshops at his decidedly underground gym.   What a fun place he has--it was about the size of the warehouse I used to have for my previous business (ecommerce/light manuf. small place) but built out in such a way that there was plenty of room for turf, kettlebells, sandbags, barbell platforms, pull up bars, seriously difficult pull up alternatives (Sorinex, you are evil for those mighty mitts thick vertical items--and it is awesome), and some fairly epic metal stall bars... and all sorts of other stuff like giant tires etc etc.   Recently I'd had the pleasure to look through Zach's upcoming book which will be coming out on Dragon Door, so I was extra jazzed to see what he was like in person and what his gym was like in real life.

Simple Workouts that Can Travel with You Over the Holidays

Hope the season is bringing you maximum joy with minimum frustration!  Was just thinking about all the magazine articles and blog posts out there which will be offering up all the usual holiday advice for surviving feasts (or not giving yourself a hard time for indulging--that seems to be a new theme this year), and well meaning, but often over complicated holiday workout plans. 

I think the cliche of "no matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch" is a good think to keep in mind during the holidays.   Mainly, making an effort to stay reasonably active and keeping portion sizes reasonably appropriate.   One year, my folks and I were on different but similarly low carb eating strategies - and while our plates were just as full as everyone else's, the choices of what we chose to eat (plenty of meats, green vegetables, one small dessert) ensured that instead of passing out on the couch, we decided to take a fun walk on the beach.   We also didn't have that painful "omg I am going to explode" feeling either.   AND by eating the good things we wanted, and plenty of them, we didn't have to deal with anyone giving us a hard time.   They just failed to notice in our joyous heaping plates there wasn't any mashed potatoes or sugary items.  So this is also a great approach for side-stepping any "well meaning" passive aggressive attempts to derail your healthy life choices.  


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