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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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Workout Wednesday: Workout Videos, Two Kettlebell and Bodyweight Workouts & Skill Training For Active Rest

Even with all the rain lately, I've managed to write (and do) quite a few really fun outdoor workouts

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While working out in a gym or indoors (the living room here is pretty much a gym at this point) is nice, especially in the summer, working outdoors is always a special treat, even in the 90-something degree NC summer. It cracks me up though, since moving here how everyone likes to remind me that "oh well it gets hot here too!"  Yeah well, kinda... but it's been nothing like the past two brutal summers in Florida with the unrelenting humidity (heat AND humidity even at 3AM) and even more unrelenting tourists. Needless to say I can handle the low 90s... not even a problem. There's some semblence of seasons here, I'm very very grateful.

I've always enjoyed trying and making up little non-stop sequences with kettlebells and calisthenics. A few years ago I used to teach and certify others in a program that very heavily focused on creating these types of sequences and part of that has always been in my training. Depending on the exercises chosen, this can be a real brain teaser too!

Competitive Circuit Workout for Monkey Bars, Bodyweight Exercise, and Sprints

I've enjoyed variations of this little combo for a couple of years, it's always a lot of fun and can even feel a little bit like a game.  Most recently a friend and I did the workout for 10 rounds followed by a more focused strength workout.  If you have a group, you can even perform this as an interesting relay race.  No matter how many rounds you choose, be sure to record the amount of time so that you can see how you improve the next time you give it another try.

Monkey Bars, Calisthenics, Sprint Circuit Workout

Fun Calisthenics Grip Training Challenges!!

Honored to be on the PCC Blog again today! :) Grip Strength for Greater Triumphs is my 16th post over there, and it's still always exciting.  If you are visiting because of that post, then thank you very much for clicking though.  There's a video below that demonstrates a drill that I hinted about in the blog post.  It's a fun way to add a little bit extra grip and coordination challenge into a pull-up training session or a circuit.

The idea below is best if you're already able to do 5-6 solid pull-ups as the "hard part" is more jumping up and negotiating the unusual grip, and switching around.  You'll also notice that the side NOT holding on to the towel will pull harder.  If you're working toward a one arm chin up, you can also add this drill into your training (using a chin up grip) and then over time grab the towel lower and lower with one hand. It gets much more difficult VERY quickly... we could even say exponentially more difficult if you have a longer towel!

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.

Podcast with Kirsty Grosart, World Class Handstand and Bodyweight Strength Expert, GMB Coach

I've noticed Kirsty Grosart's achivements and extreme skills for years online. It was a ton of fun to get her on the GiryaGirl.com podcast! Admittedly, I'm being super-self-serving by trying to get a whole bunch of tips to improve my handstand skills, but since I'm sharing it with you, that makes it ok, right?

This super fun episode is linked below for online listening via iTunes, Stitcher, and now fancy slideshow version on Youtube! (Which do you enjoy most? Please tell me in the comments section at the bottom of this post) I even made you show notes again. And again, let me know if that's something you enjoy or not (it's a lot of work, so if you don't care, please tell me!)

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